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  • Summary: Vampire warrioress, Selene, escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species. (Screen Gems)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jan 20, 2012
    The entire production is single-mindedly, earnestly devoted to serving up feats of BADASS, and it succeeds in this devotion to the exclusion of everything else. Allegedly in 3-D, though I didn't notice at the time.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Jan 20, 2012
    Once again, Beckinsale brings an impressive physicality and subzero cool to her portrayal of Selene.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jan 21, 2012
    There's not much to this movie beyond a slick procession of dark, gleaming violence. But Selene lovers would pay good 3D money to see her fight a parking ticket.
  4. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jan 20, 2012
    Anyway, "Children of Men" this ain't, though the inert directing of Len Wiseman (who helmed the first two films and has a producer credit here) has thankfully been replaced by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, who seem to have a lot more verve and even some visual whimsy.
  5. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jan 20, 2012
    Murky and perpetually bluish in tinge, Underworld: Awakening does and gets little with the 3-D in which it's being offered, and ends by shamelessly setting up a further and fatally unnecessary installment.
  6. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Jan 25, 2012
    There is running, hiding, fighting, shooting, bleeding, biting, slicing, dicing, and damnably little entertainment value in any of it.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 20, 2012
    Latest, dreadful entry in the vampires-battling-werewolves franchise.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 73
  2. Negative: 13 out of 73
  1. Jan 26, 2012
    I think that they did a great job with this movie. Action is simply amazing, even comparable to Matrix. Selene (Kate) is beautiful and badass as always. I'm a big fan of Underworld series and I hope that they will make more, prequel would be awesome because Lucian and Raze are great characters and they need more screen time. All in all, nice and exciting movie. Collapse
  2. Feb 9, 2012
    Brutally pulchritudinous . Lives up to the rest of the Underworld movies. It stands for everything the others have and more. It has a very stylish, Gothic nature just like the others with some other new elements added to give this one its own place among the rest of the movies. Kate Beckinsale is as awesome as ever, its very dark, the fighting is over the top enough to be fantasy but down to earth enough to be brutal, and this one and the rest of the series are most likely the baddest ass vampire/werewolf movies out there. This one like all the others is just beautifully bloody . And to make things even more awesome; there was an Evanescence song during the credits. People have been relating Underworld to Evanescence for almost a decade and its finally been done officially. Its just awesome. If you hate vampire movies and action movies you will most likely hate this. But if you love a good story and hardcore action you will most likely love it. Critics bash it mainly because there is this unwritten rule that states in order to sound intelligent you must blatantly insult something. I don't buy it. I went to this movie on opening night and didn't want to sleep when I walked out. I find the critics score of this movie to be appallingly fallacious . Trust the user score. Not the critics. Its a very fun movie that is sure to entertain especially if you are a fan of the other movies. Trust me, they didn't let you down with this one. Expand
  3. Feb 2, 2012
    I think that film very interesting , but not best film I ever watched. The best in this film is plot and special Effects and in my oppinion it is the best Underworld's film ! Expand
  4. Aug 24, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. At first I have to admit that I'm no Underworld Fan of the first hour, I actually didn't even hear of the first film when it came out in 2003. It must have been one afternoon in 2007 when I saw a TV trailer announcing the airing of Underworld in the late evening the upcoming weekend. I didn't know what it was all about and was actually like "What the F...?!?" when I saw the skull of the vamire lord awaking in the underground (actually thought it was some kind of zombie then) and thought it might be some kind of cool horror movie, so I marked it for watching. But what I actually watched on this particular evening was one of the best vampire movies of all time (for me personally at least):

    Already that first jump of Selene down from that Church and directly walking on in the first scene caught my attention. Then there was the first contact between Selene, the super cool death merchant with centuries of experience in hunting down lycans, and Michael, who stumbled into this century-old war between the two supernatural races with no idea what is actually going on. Then there was this mythology of how the Vampires and Lycans actually arised and which both of them (Michael & Selene) need to investigate much deeper than they are supposed to by the Vampire lords, Michael to survive, Selene to solve the riddles of her past, while both of them begin to understand that they not only need each other to survive, but also begin to develop feelings for the other one.

    The whole Mythology and Background story created within this first movie was so huge and deep that it was rightfully followed by "Underworld: Evolution" and "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" in the folowing years. I personally think "Rise of the Lycans" actually fits very good into the storyline while "Evolution", still a good movie and clearly belonging rightfully to the series, had it's weaknesses, altough I can't really tell what it was that I felt missing in this one. And now we finally have "Underworld: Awakening" finally here.

    So let's summarize my overall Impressions on this one: Yay, Selene's back! Okay, Humans suddently noticed Vs and Ls (why actually?), and why do they actually posses the Vampire/Lycan Weaponry so fast (there is clearly a movie called "Underworld: The Purge" missing somewhere). But okay, let's focus on the storyline again. Selene is held captive by the humans in some laboratory but someone helped her to wake up. And of course all of her gear is stored right at the location where she has been held in cryostasis for all this time (12 years). To get out of the laboratory she has to fight her way through the complex, which of cours is not that much of a challenge of a skilled death merchant like her. Later on she meets a little girl named "Subject 2" (if there was actually a scene when she was renamed to "Eve" I must have missed that). This girl is a human-vampire-lycan-hybrid (like Michael) and (surprise, surprise) the daughter of Selene and Michael.

    Considering the way she finds her daughter, which she has never seen before, and the circumstances under which she finds her and what Eve is capable of, I would have expected either that Selene would mistrust Eve at the beginning or directly feel that she is no harm and show more warmth for her daughter. Actually there could have been a development from suspicious mistrust towards an arising mothers instinct towards Eve. But neither of these two happens. Also, the way Eve was given birth or how she was created isn't a topic in the whole move. She is there and she is Selene's daughter. No backtalk! And oh, look: there are bad guys, no time, let's Rumble!

    And this partucular situation could be viewed as an allegory to EACH character in this movie. As an "Underworld"-Veteran, I might get the one or other thing a little easier than a casual viewer, but there is still so much potential in this movie, if they only added much more dialogs properly acted by the cast. Okay, there is actually not much time that Selene has to get to know her Daughter, but I actually didn't feel any kind of relationship developing between both of them, and when Eve thanked Selene in one of the final scenes for coming back for her, and Selene replied "I promised it", it actually feels more like Selene rescued Eve to keep word rather than saving her daughter.

    The CGI effects might could have been better at some point, but they are ok for my opinion. The lycan-decimating death merchant Selene is cool as always, altough she has to struggle with unsteady fitness at some points (One time she cracks through concrete roofs between two laboratories within a second, the other time she has to struggle with obstacles that I wouldn't have guessed to be suchlike for her). The big issue remains the plot / character development. The first Underworld movie had 128/116 Minutes, this one 88, which makes 40/28 Minutes difference. And I got the feeling, that "Underworld" had as much action scenes as "Awakening", too, plus Story.
  5. Feb 28, 2012
    I am a fan of the series: in this movie, the focus os the story shifts a little - the humans has discovered the other 2 "new" species, and begin to purge from Earth both Vampires and Lycans. Selene and Michael attempt to escape, but are captured: 12 years latter, Selen awakes in a cryo chamber (Subject 1), in a research facility, and sees another chamber, the Subject 2, beliving this is Micheals one - only to discover latter that in this chamber, was a Hybrid 12 years child, her daughter, that is being pursued by surviving Lycans... the rest of the story gets around this: has a lot of action, but a think the focus is too narrow, only in this event, and the movies ends with a direct hook to a 5th movie. Its a enjoyable sequence, filled with action, but I think it's the poorer one. My score: 5,0 / 10,0. Expand
  6. Jun 16, 2012
    As you can see by the score I didn't like this, and maybe that's just because I didn't see the other movies, but I highly doubt it because the movie explained all I needed to know to get into the movie, vampires and lycans are at war, Selene and Michael are in love, and humans have now entered the war. I don't really think I needed to know any of the series deep secrets (like the origins and what not) to get in on it. The action is gory and what the movie focuses on instead of plot, which is obvious because the plot is simple, bland, and somewhat forgettable. Some of the special effects also looked dated in the film. I might watch the other movies in the series to see if they change my opinion of the movie, and if they do I will update my review if I need to, but after watching this the other movies are low on to watch list. If your a fan of the series you'll probably get enjoyment from it, but if your not this most likely wont change your mind. And me being a newcomer, it did little to interest me. Expand
  7. Jan 24, 2012
    IMO they should have skipped this one.. Maybe even decided to hang it up. It's not getting better in this franchise it's falling down a slippery slope. Expand

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