UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING (2012) Reviews and overview

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Underworld: Awakening is a 2012 American 3D action horror film directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein. It is the fourth film in the Underworld series, with Kate Beckinsale reprising her role as Selene. Theo James, Michael Ealy and India Eisley appeared in new roles to the series.

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Six months after the events of Underworld: Evolution, humans have captured the priority vampire target, Selene, during “The Cleansing”, a global military crusade to exterminate Vampires and Lycans. Vampires have waged guerrilla warfare against the government, but the humans have overrun them, forcing survivors to hide underground and resist the humans on their own.

Twelve years later, human governments have concluded their campaigns against the vampires and lycans. They have annihilated 95% of the vampire race and believe the lycans to be extinct. Selene, dubbed “Subject 1”, is freed from cryogenic suspension by “Subject 2” and escapes the medical corporation, Antigen.

The corporation is ostensibly trying to make an antidote for the virus that creates vampires and lycans. Selene has strange visions that she follows, believing them to be linked to her lover, the vampire-lycan hybrid Michael Corvin…


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“The film is nothing more than a string of action sequences and cheap set-pieces, often shot at wide angles that reveal the elementary (and by now, routine) fight choreography. Cheap CGI effects make the blood spatter, superhuman feats and supernatural creatures look no better than something you might see on an episode of Supernatural or True Blood.” ScreenRant

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“This is very much business as usual. There’s action and violence a-plenty, but it all still looks like something out of a videogame and carries about the same dramatic weight. And don’t even get me started on the CG abomination at the heart of this outing. One for die-hard fans only.” Home Cinema Choice

Awakening is bad by the standards of the Underworld franchise. It’s a hot mess of corsets and gunfights… No, wait; that almost sounds good. It’s not; it’s terrible.” The Bad Movie Marathon

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