Friday, January 20, 2017
JASMINE's TAKE on Underworld: Blood Wars (2017)
1 hr 32 minutes
January 6, 2017
Sony Pictures Entertainment
The next installment in the blockbuster franchise, Underworld: Blood Wars follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Lara Pulver, Tobias Menzies, Bradley James, James Faulkner, Charles Dance, Daisy Hand, Clementine Nicholson
Note: This review contains NO spoilers
Well... I loved it!!! I don't care what critics have said about the movie. This installment contained the action and horror I expected since I started watching these Underworld films. Fans of this genre will enjoy this... I think. I know I did. This installment expanded on this world of vampires and lycans. Secrets were revealed and questions answered. From the beginning, I had questions stemming from the previous installments. This film answered it. I like how the beginning of the film starts off with a bit of a "summary" of what has happened esince the first film, especially after everything that Selene has gone through since finding out various truths of their history.
I found it more of an emotional and spiritual journey for Selene after enduring so much violence and loss. The war continues...albeit with new secrets, but this time, truths will be revealed which changes a lot of things for both vampires and lycans. We even were introduced to not just the Eastern vampire coven, but to the Northern coven as well. Fascinating at how the covens differed in their ways of life. And, of course, these covens are integral in tying the subplots together. I don't want to say anymore... or else I would be spoiling it. But, then again, I'm sure there has been several reviews already out there. But, I say, go see it and judge for yourself. Fans of the franchise will probably enjoy it.
The action, adventure, and horror elements did not disappoint. This installment stayed true, and maybe even added more, to all the fight scenes. Selene is still badass, from the beginning to this installment.
The film itself seemed to have brought Selene's life and purpose full circle. For being said that this is the "last" installment, if sure didn't seem like it ended that way. I thought that the end of the film left it open for more stories to be told.