Chelsea Ratterman, Assistant Editor
The release of “Underworld: Awakening” proves that the vampire obsession is still in high gear. The fourth film in a series with a well-established mythology and fan base, the Underworld saga follows Death Dealer Selene in a world where vampires and lycans (werewolves) are continuously at war.
“Underworld: Awakening” picks up 12 years after “Underworld: Evolution,” the second movie in the series, and takes place in a world where humans have discovered the existence of the two non-human species and in the attempt to cleanse the world of the infected groups.
Selene has been cryogenically frozen for 12 years and after waking up looks for her remaining vampire kin and the hybrid Michael, with who she has a daughter, Eve, as she finds out during the progression of the movie.
A human cop who sympathizes with the supernatural beings, suspects that there is a problem within the company that is searching for a cure for the “infected species.” The cop is enlisted by Selene to continue the fight between lycans and vampires.
The war has reached an even higher level and one group may have found the advantage for their side. Kate Beckinsale reprises her role as Selene, where Scott Speedman’s Michael is only seen in glimpses, although a heavily implied sequel hints at his return as a full time player to the series.
Charles Dance has entered playing Thomas, taking over for Bill Nighy’s Viktor, as the vampire leader and Stephen Rea has assumed the role of villain from Michael Sheen’s Lucian. India Eisley plays Eve and Michael Ealy plays Detective Sebastian.
Two Swedish directors were brought in on this movie and added their touch to the series. The chrome look of the human world contrasts with the underground where the non- human species have been forced to survive in. The filmmakers keep the look of the movie the same, but up the blood a bit, with body parts being frequently ripped out, and explosions that provide an easy out in tight situations. The movie moves at a fast pace and keeps it short, with a running time of only an hour and twenty eight minutes, which is just enough time for a movie heavy on action and that serves as a continuation of a plot line which established itself ten years ago.