Underworld

Thursday 11th December 20037:00 PM

If you like vampires or even werewolves, this is the movie for you.

The movie is about a war between the werewolves and the vampires that has been going on for centuries. Each race blames the other for starting it and is after the other’s blood.

In the story, Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman), one of the main characters, is a human being hunted by the werewolves. While the werewolves are chasing him, a few vampires appear and a fight breaks out between the vampires and the werewolves. During the fight Corvin saves Celene (Kate Beckinsale), who is a vampire, from being killed. During the course of the film, the history of the war is revealed and Corvin and Celene are thrown together to survive against incredible odds.

Add to this treachery, double-crossing, a bit of romance and a super-immortal who is part vampire and part werewolf, and it makes an enjoyable viewing.

Bhavin Shah

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I loved this film. It had tight leather, it had action, it had decadent vampires, it had handsome werewolves and kick-arse action in heeled boots, and I just thought it was a wonderful slice of Gothic camp.

Since its announcement, 'Whitewolf' publishing corp have been trying to put the brakes on this production, claiming that the idea of vampires vs. werewolves had been their idea since, well, a long time, really. And considering this is also basically vampires vs. werewolves, then certain similarities are bound to be apparent.

But 'Underworld' follows instead the Romeo and Juliet story of Selene and Corvin. Feared and eventually hated by both sides in the war of the undead, including the very aptly (and coolly) named 'Kraven' from the vampire camp, and aided at the last by an unexpected friend, their battle of love and war rages in the deserted alleyways, moody streets and dripping subways of an unnamed city that seems to be permanently night-bound.

Boasting an impressive look, including a gothic mansion, subterranean dens and some great set-pieces, 'Underworld' only really shows its low-budget roots in the slightly campy, rather cliché presentation of vampires-as-aristocratic and werewolves-as-monsters. Despite that, and a very light-weight plot, this film is basically a LOT of fun, and well worth a viewing if you at all like stylish fantasy horror, and chop-socky undead.

Besides: tight black leather, huge weapon artilleries, crazier weapons that Blade, sexy actors and some terrifying eyeliner.

Who could ask for more??

Gizmo LittleWing

Rotten Tomatoes Score:

82%

Genre:

Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Director:

Len Wiseman

Writer:

Danny McBride

Leads:

Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Shane Brolly, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Erwin Leder, Sophia Myles

Music:

Paul Haslinger

Length:

121 minutes

Year:

2003

Country:

USA, Germany, Hungary, UK

Language:

English

15

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