Due to the fact that there is a new installment in the series coming out, I decided that I needed to re-watch the other films, which I haven't seen since the previous entry. I have always enjoyed the "Underworld" series, and while I definitely know that the films aren't particularly well-made, I still think that they have a lot of value that is sometimes overlooked.
The mythology that the film created was actually quite interesting, and explains enough to not keep the audience confused, while leaving some to explore in future films. I also thought that the film was a really interesting combination of different cinematic tropes. Obviously, there is the blend of the vampire and werewolf storylines, but anoher important element of the plot is the "Romeo and Juliet" storyline. Additionally, there are some moments in the film that have a neo-noir feel to them. This results in a tone that is quite unique and fresh. Sometimes these storylines get a bit convoluted and hectic, but they recover quickly. Sometimes there were parts that verged on silly in the film, like the ultraviolet bullets, or a scene where a vampire climbs a wall and hisses at someone, however, the serious tone generally works.
Surprisingly, the film is rather well-made for the genre. The CGI is really impressive for such a small budget, especially the wolf transformation scenes. A few of the supernatural landings and shaky "groggy" scenes look just a little bit off, but those are few and far between. The cinematography is also impressive, as is the use of transitions. I also have to praise the performances of Kate Beckinsdale, Billy Nighy, and Michael Sheen, who all embody their characters in their own ways.
Overall, "Underworld"is definitely enjoyable and has some well-done aspects, but also has some parts that are over-the-top. Still, it garners my respect for its inventiveness in blending different classic story elements.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
I look at films as if through old red and blue 3D glasses— one lens is as art, one lens is as entertainment.
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