I went into "Underworld: Blood Wars" with modest expectations. I expected it to be enjoyable, but had no expectations of it being of any particular cinematic quality. I have always seen the "Underworld" series as guilty pleasure films, and that definitely describes this.
There are some highlights in the film. The cinematorgaphy is pretty good, for the most part. There are some times with excessive slow-motion, like the dropping of an f-bomb that was slowed down for no particular reason (and was quite unintentionally funny), but there are also some really good tracking shots in parts. The fight scenes are well-choreographed, and the cinematography is particularly intriguing in these parts. I also liked how the film added to the mythology of the series. That is really a big part of making the film enjoyable: the film works towards creating a world inside. It further adds to the series with an entry with yet another tone, a blend of a horror and a war film, and I think it works. The acting of Kate Beckinsdale and Theo James is also good, with their chemistry being very effective.
On the other hand, this entry has a lot more flaws than most of the others. The plot is extremely predictable and erratic. There is too much going on at one time, and it feels hectic. There are a lot of errors in logic. For example, a group of characters are pacifists... that love to fight. The film also completely abandons the storyline involving the humans from the previous film. The social commentary from previous films is still present, however, the additional social commentary that was attempted in this entry fails, instead feeling quite forced. The CGI is also far less impressive in this film than the other entries. And the film is unintentionally funny in parts. There are some scenes that are so bad they are laughable. Still, I think this adds to the enjoyment factor in a "so bad it's good way".
Overall, I think that "Underworld: Blood Wars" is enjoyable and has some above-average cinematography and action, but has very little else to offer in the category of substance. If you enjoy this type of film as a guilty pleasure movie, like me, it is a fun time at the theater.
Underworld: Blood Wars
Big Tuna's Rating: C+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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