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July 2, 2014

Movie Review: Underworld

Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy
Director: Len Wiseman

Movie Blurb: Vampires are a secret clan of modern aristocratic sophisticates whose mortal enemies are the Lycans (werewolves), a shrewd gang of street thugs who prowl the city's underbelly. Noone knows the origin of their bitter blood feud, but the balance of power between them turns even bloodier when a beautiful young Vampire warrior and a newly-turned Lycan with a mysterious past fall in love. Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman star in this modern-day, action-packed tale of ruthless intrigue and forbidden passion ­ all set against the dazzling backdrop of a timeless, Gothic metropolis.

Review: I have to say this is one of my all time favorite movies and series. If you love vampires or werewolves this one has them both in spades! Add a ton of action and yes romance thrown into the mix and you have Underworld.

The Death Dealers (vampires) are pitted against the Lycans (werewolves) in a literal age old blood feud with one fraction fighting to destroy the other at all costs. Both have major strategic strong points and weaknesses the werewolves are strong and viral, the vampires are equally strong and with increasing weaponry tech seem to be slowly gaining the upper hand on the werewolves. Thus leading the Lycans to search for the original strain of their origin a direct descendant of the Corvinus clan to strengthen them and help them gain the upper hand on the vampires once and for all.  They finally track down a human Michael Corvin who is indeed a direct descendant from the Corvinus line. But when the lycans go to kidnap him a death dealer named Selene sees them and nabs him first wondering what the Lycans could possibly be wanting with this particular human. She takes him back to the coven and things go majorly awry for them all from there. The vampires are not happy with Selene for bringing this outsider into their inner sanctum and they are even more enraged when Selene takes it upon herself to awaken one of the Vampire Elders Viktor to seek his guidance in what to do about the plot that she has stumbled upon with the Lycans. 

Along the way Selene and Michael begin to have feelings for one another and plots are uncovered that turn both of their worlds upside down and test loyalties with all involved. 

Think of it kind of like Romeo and Juliet with fangs and fur - and a better ending! 

Kate Beckinsale is just awesome in this as Selene. She totally proved to everyone that she could kick butt and take names with this one. (I so want one of those long leather trench coats with the vampire knotwork on the back like she wears soooo bad LOL.)

This truly is one that is both thrilling, romantic, and just an all around great action packed fun ride. I loved it from the first time I saw it, and it remains one of my all time favorites that I find myself re-watching again and again. This is one movie that my husband and I agree on we both adore it. 

If you haven't seen this one yet I highly recommend it! And if you love vamps and werewolves you should just skip the rental and go ahead and add this one to your collection!

It would have gotten a straight 5 stars if there had been just a tad more of the romance in this one. Still an all out great movie. 


Now on the ratings this one actually has two different ratings as they released the original R rated theatrical version and then a special Unrated Version that has extended footage. 

Here are the differences in the two versions.

Both are rated due to extreme action, violence, and some adult themes. The Unrated version has a bit more gore and one additional love scene that shows a bit more flesh with one of the vampires than was in the rated R version. 

*Fun side note Kate Beckinsale and director Len Wisemen met and fell in love while working on this film. They married in 2004 and are still going strong. Also Kate Beckinsale was in a long time relationship with costar Michael Sheen (Lucien) until 2003. They have a daughter together named Lily*

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