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Plot: Underworld: Evolution continues the saga of war between the vampires and the Lycans. The film goes back to the beginnings of the ancient feud between the two tribes as Selene, the beautiful vampire heroine, and Michael, the lycan hybrid, try to unlock the secrets of their bloodlines. This will be a modern tale of action, intrigue and forbidden love, which takes them into the battle to end all wars as the immortals must finally face their retribution. Runtime: 106 mins Release Date: 19 Jan 2006
From beginning to end, my eyes didn't stray from the screen. I can't remember the last time I saw a movie in the theater that I was so transfixed by.A number of great performances from polished actors complimented some truly spectacular action scenes and plot developments and twists.The title alone says exactly what the film accomplishes, as the story 'evolves' seemingly by the minute, and it never becomes stale or overtly contrived.I found myself able to predict certain parts of the film, and even still in those instances, the events that unfolded shortly thereafter kept me <more>
from feeling disappointed in the very fact that I was almost certain of what was coming.If the standard notion amongst avid movie buffs is that sequels rarely, if ever best their predecessor, 'Underworld: Evolution' defies that notion through and through. Much like 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day' was able to take a solid foundation from its predecessor and take it to a level where it became the standard for sci-fi/action films at the time of its release, U:E should become the blue-print for all werewolf and/or vampire action/dramas to come, or creature-related action/dramas in general, for that matter.The pacing was very good, the dialogue was at times great, overall very fitting and never poor , all questions a viewer could have possibly coming into the film are addressed and sufficiently answered, and some of the subtleties of the film, such as the appropriate use of brief flashbacks, kept the film from ever becoming confusing or difficult to follow, which I felt happened on occasion in the first film the first time I saw it.Kate Beckinsale delivers a performance that shows she is a very versatile actress who just so happens to be strikingly beautiful, and Scott Speedman was more than just a little eye-candy for the ladies, delivering a performance that made me believe he was the perfect Michael Corvin far more than the first film. And the supporting cast around the two main stars were all equally up to the task, with many turning in performances that are likely to be career defining.Hats off to Len Wiseman for living up to a last name that couldn't be more fitting. He never compromises his vision, and more importantly the story by trying to woo the crowd with over-the-top Matrix-y action scenes or gratuitous sexual imagery, as many directors do to try to win over their audiences, and yet the movie has some of the best action scenes the genre has seen in years, and a sexual chemistry between Selene and Michael that is very believable, and yet not over-done. Even in one very intimate scene between them, it is never excessive or tasteless.I will likely go see this film in theaters again before it is out, and the only film I've ever seen in theaters twice was 'Batman' when I was 10 years old and the second viewing was for a birthday of a friend of mine at the time. I will also certainly be buying the DVD when it is released in an effort to support film-making at its finest. For anyone who liked the first film, you will most likely love this one as I did do , and for anyone on the fence, you will likely find yourself joining us fans in rejoicing over this highly anticipated sequel. As for doubters of the first film, just give it a chance and you'll likely find that whatever your gripe was with the 'Underworld', 'Underworld: Evolution' does not suffer from the kinds of flaws you may have found the original to have had.b/c I can only vote using IMDb's scoring system with whole numbers I am giving it a 10, but on a scale of 1 to 10 including halves, with 10 being the best, I give it a 9.5/10, whereas I give the first an 8/10
A Very British Production with American Director & Screenwriter!!! (by redmondrobert)
I remember watching Underworld a few years ago at the cinema. I for one really liked it. Most of my friends had mixed reviews of the film. Some critics said that it was a ROMEO AND JULIET story amongst VAMPIRES AND WEREWOLVES... but that was hardly the case. The story was very, very original... unlike what Hollywood does... recycling the same stinking storyline over and over again.Also... unlike Hollywood action/sci-fi/horror/fantasy whatever films... it's not MTV-Orientated, it doesn't try to throw in some funny jokes which just aren't funny at all, it's not cheesy, there are <more>
no cheesy cameos and no over-emphasis on being way too commercial.The film is a very British Production with mainly British Actors... despite the writing and directing credits going to 2 Americans... one being Kate Beckinsale's husband.So I liked the first movie... but I felt as thought it could've been better. A bit more plot, a bit more depth and a bit more action.This one worked better than anybody else expected. I read in the Herald Sun that this movie only got One Star... and the jerks from Rolling Stone gave the original Underworld One Star as well.This is a truly lavish production. Although very dark, it's very beautiful. The action scenes are very well done and not too over the top... unlike that of the worst movie in which I have ever seen ever Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle because in that movie the characters were supposed to be real human beings and they were doing things that were 10-Time More Over The Top than anything and everything that these super vampires and werewolves/hybrids were doing.Being say that some of the acting is a bit out of it in this movie and pointed the finger at the small role played by Bill Nighy. I reckon that's wrong. I thought Bill Nighy was playing the character of Viktor. He was very disturbing, and his speech sounded like that of a vicious creature which I believed worked really well.You've also got Sir Derek Jacobi... a finely trained Shakespeare actor from way back adding to the mix. Scott Speedman really did improve in this movie and the performance of Tony Curran sent a real chill down my spine. Terrifying and truly riveting stuff from the awesome Scotsman.But the major award goes out to Kate Beckinsale. Although she wonders around in that hot and sexy tight leather outfit of hers... she is a strong heroine. Not one to be seduced by some hunky guy that comes her way and not as annoying as Angelina Jolie's interpretation of Lara Croft in the Tomb Raiders movies... and not ditsy like those chicks from Charlie's Angels... she is my number one heroine in all movie history.I love this movie. Great acting. Great plot. Great action. Stunning visualization and everything just worked so well for me. I saw it twice in one day... I simply couldn't get enough of it. Hopefully both movies will be repackaged in a Special Edition 2-DVD Set... and if there is a third one... I hope like hell that it doesn't suck or else that'll ruin everything. If there is a God... may the third one not suck... PLEASE!!!
This movie surpasses the first! BIG TIME! (by GOWBTW)
The sequel to "UNDERWORLD" is totally outstanding. The special effects, the graphics, and the action was indeed top notch. Selene Kate Beckinsale and Michael Corvin Scott Speedman were indeed a very top notch team against the world of vampires and lycans. I enjoyed every minute of it. Selene has never lost her edge in fighting, and Corvin did himself well against the lycans as well. For Corvin being a half-breed, makes the other monsters second best, and Selene gave him some encouragement about his condition. Although Corvin had to learn the hard way about being a half-breed. <more>
Especially, when he tries to eat regular food which doesn't responds to his system well. For the others in the first movie, Kraven Shane Brolly met his end against Marcus Tony Curran , he makes Viktor Bill Nighy a very distrustful leader of the vampires. Knowing the secrets of one another got the two fighters closer to the truth, and the father Alexander Corvinus Derek Jacobi was a victim of his own pride. Knowing he could no longer trust his sons, he only puts his trust Selene. Talk about the ultimate sacrifice. I thought only a slit on the wrist would do him in. Nope! He must be stronger than I thought. This movie is so action packed, I could see this movie again and again. I couldn't get enough of Beckinsale. Her body is so hot, after her daughter, she still can flaunt it well! I didn't see not one sweat droplet. And the women will love Speedman as well. I enjoyed most was the truck scene. Making the driver leave was funny, and Selene can handle that Ford truck well, even if the side of it ate the face of the mountain, and Marcus. No wonder Ford said, "BUILT FORD TOUGH!" They weren't kidding! Full of action, full of the fun, "Underworld: Evolution" is the top of its game! It's worth the watch! Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Just got back from watching it tonight, let me tell you, the first big surprise was how how many people turned out for it, for a Thursday night the place was packed as if Harry Potter had just come out, it's been a while since my local theatre was like that.Now to the movie itself. I liked the first one but this one was an improvement. Mostly because of Scott Speedman's character Michael. The last movie only gave us a glimpse into what he has become, and here we get to see him kick butt alongside Selene as what is pretty much an equal. Watching him fight and take-down werewolves was <more>
great.The action scenes were bigger, with great direction and camera-work. the special effects are also great, especially the scene with their winged-nemesis pursuing their truck. Make-up is amazingly well done. It was refreshing to see that the werewolves were still practical make-up creations rather than CG.There was also the added bonus of sex scenes. one where a guy is having fun with a couple chick vampires, and one between the two leads. we get to see most of Beckinsale's lovely figure MILF is an understatement but no direct frontal shots. ladies will enjoy much shirtless Speedman action.The opening segment makes it worth a look, i definitely recommend it to anyone who liked the first or thought it had promise.
I haven't seen a sequel this good since Terminator 2! They really went back in history to give so much more storyline, or just added to the original story in such a clever way. They also did a great job in out-doing the killings from part1! I was so intrigued by this movie I felt like I got my moneys worth in the first twenty minutes : . The director did a great job of bringing you into his "underworld". Every part of the story line was pleasantly unexpected. I like that Celine's love for Michael wasn't the only important part of this story anymore. It isn't mostly <more>
centered on love like the first one, however it is all there, from love, to the long history, to time jumping. I wouldn't recommend watching this if you haven't seen part 1! But I would recommend watching the whole series! Very Awesome. Cant wait to see part 3 if they make it.
One of the few sequels that is better than the original! (by jellyneckr)
Who would of thought January would be a good month for movies? Two weeks ago saw the release of GRANDMA'S BOY, the funniest comedy to come out in the 2000s yet and this week brings UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION, a sequel that is *gasp* better than the original. Finding a sequel as good or better than the original is, pardon the old expression, like finding a needle in a haystack. It just doesn't happen very often, which what makes UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION such a treat. It's bigger and better the original. This is no doubt because the cast members are more suited in their roles than they were <more>
before and because with his second feature, Len Wiseman has grown as a director. Also improved are the special effects that appeared somewhat fake in the original film. If 'EVOLUTION' was only about special effects like mostly all action pictures today, it would be no good, but thanks to screenwriter Danny McBride and Wiseman, there is actually a good story behind the mayhem. Were there weak points? Just a couple. The chemistry between Selene and Michael seemed a bit off at times. 9/10
This movie will satisfy its target audience, guaranteed (by drk150)
Let's face it. If you're going to see this movie, you probably enjoyed the original and are looking for more. You want high doses of fight scenes, vampire and lycan lore, blood, violence, and Kate Beckinsale wearing leather or less. In short, this movie delivers all of the above in great excess, so if you liked Underworld, you're going to like Underworld: Evolution as much or more.On the other hand, if you don't like blood, violence, action, mythology, or using a sword in a world full of guns, this movie is not for you, and it's NOT MEANT to be for you, so don't <more>
complain about it.This movie surpasses the original as far as story development. We learn a good bit about each character's past, which helps justify all the extreme violence they engage themselves in. We're also introduced to some new characters and plot lines that add interest and new twists, rather than just rehashing all the familiar faces from Underworld.This movie fails to get a 10 rating from me for the following reasons:1 Not quite enough "stuff" to fill the time. Too many shots of Kate Beckinsale "looking intense". The movie could have been 10 minutes shorter if the number of these shots had been reduced from seemingly infinite down to 10 or so. Minor problem.2 A few glaring continuity errors.3 Too many flashback/explanation shots from the original Underworld. I suppose this is necessary so as not to alienate viewers who didn't see the original or who forgot it. However, this movie is obviously targeted to people who liked the original and want more, so give us a quick refresher and then hit us with new stuff. No need to keep providing Cliff's notes throughout the movie. Make us think a little!4 There wasn't a standout power move comparable to the spinning/shooting through the floor in the original Underworld. Let's face it, half the people that went to that movie did so because that shot was in the trailer. This movie had lots of power moves, but none that stood out as the winner.
Feel free to dismiss any reviewer that immediately admits to disliking Underworld and then claims that Underworld: Evolution is "just as bad" as the original. Does it really surprise anybody that this is a movie for people who enjoyed the original? Didn't like the first one? Then why subject yourself to a follow-up that you expect to equally loathe? You have no one to blame but yourself if you spend your time or money on it. That being said...This is how you make a sequel! I'll gladly admit it - I'm a fan of Underworld. I own it on DVD. Yes, Kate Beckinsale in leather <more>
has a lot to do with it. If she were at the local library decked out in leather and reading from the phone book then I'd gladly pay $8 to attend. But the movie has more going for it than just the hot babe factor. The style, story, and stunts they delivered on a mere $22 million budget are incredibly impressive. It's a true testament to what can be accomplished when fans of a genre make a movie using ideas that are bigger than their bankroll.Thankfully, Underworld: Evolution picks up where the first one leaves off and never bothers to slow down. An inevitable question is how does it compare to the first? I hesitate to say I prefer one over the other. It's akin to trying to choose which Beckinsale pose is the sexiest. How do you choose? Aren't they all essential? From a technical standpoint there's no question that Evolution is better. The CGI is sharper, the animatronic werewolves are bigger and badder, the fight scenes are more intense, and I'm pretty sure Kate's leather is a little tighter. But both movies are equally important to the overall story. Each can be viewed as a necessity in light of the other.What stands out most prominently in Evolution other than Kate's mere presence is there's just more to it. Take any expression or adjective that you feel adequately describes the original and add "er" to it. It's gorier. It's bloodier. It's sexier. It's faster. It's action-packeder. OK, so that last one doesn't work, but you get the point. Whether you can tolerate the extra blood and gore is a matter of personal taste, but we're talking werewolves and vampires. Anybody who walks out of the theater claiming, "There was too much blood!" could probably use a good slapping.However, story isn't sacrificed for the sake of juiced up stunts and explosions. The element most essential to Evolution's success is its abundance of back-story which effectively maintains continuity with the first film. Remember Amelia? You haven't forgotten about Viktor and what he did to Selene's family, have you? Gaps are filled and details are expounded upon to give us a couple of nice twists that keep the plot fresh and interesting.That's it. That's all I'm going to say about the movie. Further elaboration is neither necessary nor useful. See it and absorb it all for yourself. I do recommend watching your Underworld DVD beforehand because it'll cut down on some possible confusion. Of course, some of you fanboys probably have the original memorized, rendering a 203rd viewing redundant.Are you already a fan of Underworld? If so then you'll likely view this as a worthy sequel. It's stylish, it's dark, it's atmospheric, and it's still sportin' that sweet hybrid 'tude.Or did you hate the original? If so then do yourself and us a favor and save your money. No one really wants to hear you complain that this is "just as bad." Are you just looking for an excuse to play Billy BadBone on the Internet message boards? No doubt it allows you to put your whining to good use, but can't you find another skill to fine-tune?
The first "Underworld" was visually spectacular but suffered from a confusing storyline and obnoxiously relentless sound effects and music. It was dizzying. However, I enjoyed it enough to smack it with my "tweener" grade of C+.By all accounts, this sequel should have been a dismal failure. Why? Well, first of all, it is a sequel. By reputation, sequels are typically worse than their prequels. Secondly, this is an action-fantasy that relies heavily on special effects. That's usually not a genre where you find consistent quality. And last, but not least, the original <more>