While re-visiting the series, I skipped the third installment, as it was a prequel that didn't have as much relevance to the Selene storyline featured in the newest film. I went straight to the fourth installment, "Underworld: Awakening", which is a major improvement from "Underworld: Evolution", in my opinion.
The CGI and cinematography were again impressive in this film. The Lycans looked less cartoon-like in this film than they did in "Underworld: Evolution". The cinematography for the battle scenes is also very impressive. I really loved the elevator shot in which we continually moved up through the floors of the building.
This film doesn't do as much to further the Vampire-Lycan mythology of the series. Rather, it introduces an interesting new element: the humans hunting both of them down. There is still conflict between the Vampires and Lycans, however, it is really the humans that steal the show. This also allows for some social commentary on genocide and ethnic cleansing. The writing isn't anything amazing: it's still a relatively mindless action-horror with plenty of plot holes. However, I enjoyed it immensely and it had a bit more than expected in terms of depth.
The characters are also very strong in this film. The new introductions, Eve, David, and Detective Sebastian are all developed very well and add to the plot in their own way. Sebastian was my favorite of the additions, with his backstory being the most interesting of them all. Kate Beckinsdale also still commanded the screen in her role, extremely effective in the battle sequences. Theo James complements her well in the action scenes.
Overall, I think that "Underworld: Awakening" was an enjoyable action-horror film that left me satisfied overall. If you enjoy action-horror films, I do recommend this series.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: Digital that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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