I don’t know what’s more incredible. The fact the Underworld franchise finally produced another film as good or better than the original, or that Kate Beckinsale continues to kick ass in that latex jumpsuit after all these years.
Underworld: Blood Wars is the 5th and most likely last installment in the franchise and it is arguably the best one. After the last two films, both of which were “kind of meh” and one of them didn’t even have Selene, Blood Wars really surprised me.
Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)
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.
Director: Anna Foerster
Rating/ Runtime: R- 1 hr 31
Like I mentioned above, I was not impressed with the last two installments but my husband loves the Underworld movies (pretty sure it’s the latex suit) and I love vampires so I was more than happy to go see Blood Wars with an open mind.
Bravo Anna Foerster! Her and the rest of the cast and crew created something that was completely different and oh so entertaining. One of my biggest concerns going in was “How are they going to show us something new? It turns out I had nothing to worry about because Blood Wars takes us in a different direction. We get to see the centuries old war between vampires and lycans from a different angle and we get a whole new set of incredible characters. The only constant really, is Selene and she is spectacular!
Kate Beckinsale seems to have found the fountain of youth at some point since Underworld was released in 2003, because she hasn’t aged a bit. Not only that, she is still a grade-A bad ass as Selene. Theo James is fantastic as David and reminded me why he was the only redeeming thing about the Divergent movies. Tobias Menzies’ character makes a decent villain, but it’s really Lara Pulver, portraying a duplicitous and chilling member of the council who takes the “uber villain” prize.
The scenery was stark and beautiful and the special effects were pretty cool. The film as a whole, was exciting, fun and probably my favourite of the entire franchise. The only downside for me was that it was too short. An hour and a half goes by really fast.
Something else worth mentioning… I got to see the full length trailer for the final Resident Evil movie and it was epic! I know, completely unrelated but I am sooooo excited!