Movie review: “Underworld – Evolution”

After watching Underworld, we (of course) had to watch its sequel, Underworld: Evolution (2006).

If you want to know the details of the plot, have a read in the Wikipedia article.

Roughly speaking, the movie begins where its predecessor ended: with Selene (Kate Beckinsale) on the run with Michael (Scott Speedman), and trying to keep him safe from both the Lycans and the Vampires.

Marcus, the remaining elder of the three (both Amelia and Victor were slaughtered in the previous movie), has now been awakened, and he is on a pretty dang determined mission to set free his twin-brother William, who – it turns out – was imprisoned in a hidden prison designed and built by the father of Selene.

The details of the back-story are finally revealed in this movie, so it made a lot more sense to me. Also, the characters are far less two-dimensional, and their acting has improved. On the whole, I thought it was a far better quality movie.

On the downside, the fighting sequences are as gory, blood-drenched, savage and nauseating as in the previous movie. I don’t know… I don’t think I’m going to get used to watching such gruesome stuff – and actually, that should be a good thing, should it not?

Surely, given the excessively high levels of violence, aggression and blind destructiveness that exist in our world, it’s time for film makers to stop making movies that glorify such behaviour?

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