I have loved the “Underworld” movie series since 2003(!) when the story of warring vampires and lycans (werewolves) first hit theater screens.
Or course, as fans know, the first film introduced us to the star of the series, Kate Beckinsale, whose portrayal of Selene, a vampire who is a Death Dealer, became an instant classic film character. In the first film Selene falls in love with human Michael (Scott Speedman), who eventually becomes a vampire/lycan hybrid. As the film series progressed, there was a prequel showing how the war between the species began, and 2012’s “Underworld: Awakening” introduced fans to Eve, the daughter of Selene and Michael.
The latest film in the series, “Underworld: Blood Wars”, has Selene on the run from a vampire coven out to get her for causing the deaths of ancient vampires Viktor and Marcus. The vampires are hyped to find Selene so they can also locate her daughter Eve, whose blood is the key to building an army of vampire-werewolf hybrids. Oh, and the werewolves, led by Marius (Tobias Menzies), are also wanting to locate Selene for the same aforementioned reason. While the Eastern Coven of vampires wants Selene dead for her crimes against the elders, the ambitious vampire Semira (Lara Pulver) convinces the coven it is in their best interest to grant Selene clemency, as they will need her fighting prowess due to a rumored pending attack on the coven by a horde of werewolves led by Marius. When Selene returns to the coven, thanks to the efforts of David (Theo James), Selene’s protege and ally, she is met with suspension by some of the coven, and is eventually betrayed by some of her own.
Thankfully, David and Selene escape the coven and head north to the Nordic Coven, which features all blonde vampires. While she is at the Nordic Coven, Selene has her first battle with the invading Marius, and eventually undergoes an amazing transformation. The films final act features a showdown between the werewolves and vampires inside the Eastern Coven. Said battle features the transformed Selene, and if you thought she was already awesome, hold on. The film features plenty of plot twists and has the usual thrilling special effects. I saw the film in 2D, but afterwards I wish I had chosen the 3D format, but if you are a fan of the series, either version is fine. The actors, led by Beckinsale, fit their roles perfectly, and I recognized several actors that are/were featured in the television series “Game Of Thrones”. Speaking of the actors, I will never understand why Speedman left the series. It’s not exactly like he is burning up the big screen. For my part, his leaving was an epic fail.
I have always loved where the films are shot, mostly in Prague, Czech Republic, as the location is perfect for the style of the series. After the less-than-thrilling 2012 “Underworld: Awakening”, the film series is definitely back on track, and the ending sets events in motion for the next chapter. Overall, I found “Underworld: Blood Wars” to be a thrilling and enjoyable new addition to the film series featuring battling vampires and werewolves.
(Rated R) 3 1/2 fangs (out of 4)