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"Underworld: Awakening" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Ultimate Vampire Warrioress Selene (Kate Beckinsale) escapes from cryogenic imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species. Can Selene save the vampire race from certain extinction? And what about the discovery of the mysterious child Eve, who holds the fate of their future in her DNA?

 

Specifications

  • Sony Pictures
  • 2012, Color, R, 88 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: MPEG 4
  • 1080p
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
  • Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley
  • Directed by: Mans Marlind
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: None
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Kate is back and looking as svelte as ever in a skin tight rubber jump-suit, however, after the horrible third installment of this franchise, I was hoping for a better plot development. Instead, all you get is a "humans vs. the non-humans" story with a hybrid child (unexplained origin) that somehow has the ability to replenish the thinned vampire ranks. Is the child Selene's? Sorry, but can a dead person get pregnant? It just felt to me that the primary reason for all this silly action (with less than stellar CGI) is just to set up another Underworld movie. I think they should have quit after the first two, but what do I know? Great throat ripping action, but a sub par script. At not even an hour and half in length, this Underworld flick is underdeveloped!

Technical

Using Red Epic 3D cameras certainly helps make this film look great. The sound quality also will not disappoint and equally matches the sound from the other Underworld movies. Though a dark film, details are sharp and focused. The color palate is somewhat muted, but shadow details remain distinct. Your sub woofer is called into action early and remains so throughout the entire movie, as bass is about as intense as any action movie I have seen this year. Surrounds also pick up rain, explosions, gun shots and heavy breathing sounds from rather surly wolves.

Extras

Cracking the Underworld picture-in-picture experience, commentary, blooper reel, behind the scenes featurettes, Heavy Prey music video.