Continuing my quest to re-visit the "Underworld" series before seeing its next installment was the second film in the franchise, "Underworld: Evolution". I remember liking this one, but in retrospect, it is an ultimately underwhelming sequel.
Much of the charm of the last film was lost in the sequel. The CGI and cinematography are nowhere near as impressive as they were in the original, even looking cheesy at times. The storyline was also nowhere near as fresh or unique. Rather than a blend of genres and tropes, this film served as a more straighforward action horror. Additionally, the character development for the new characters in this film was a lot weaker than that of its predecessor.
A few things did remain constant between the two films, though. The mythology is still quite interesting, with the best parts of the film dealing with the backstory of the Vampires and the Lycans. The quality of Kate Beckinsdale's performance is also maintained; she is still a strong female protagonist and fits the character well. Most importantly, the film is still quite enjoyable. Despite its many flaws, the film is a fun action film with some cool action sequences.
While "Underworld: Evolution" is more of a devolution from its predecessor, it still has some to offer as an enjoyable action film to continue the franchise.
Big Tuna's Rating: C
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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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