World without end
UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING ( MA15+)
Directors: Mans Marlind, Bjorn Stein Stars: Kate Beckinsale, India Eisley, Stephen Rea, Charles Dance, Theo James
Not a lot to Lycan
KATE Beckinsale has been around the
Underworld block so many times now, she could do it in her sleep. So it is fitting her performance in
Awakening is a rather drowsy effort. When Beckinsale is called upon to carve up a weird beast or throw a mere mortal off the side of a building, such acts are completed with an unmistakable air of tired annoyance.
The poor lovey probably just wants to get back to her trailer and get out of that suffocating skin- tight cat suit.
But first, there’s another thudding great body count of Lycans to be pumped full of silver bullets by Beckinsale’s vampire avenger Selene.
She’s been cooling off in a cryogenic freezer for the past 12 years, by the way. So she does have some catching up and shooting down to do – especially now that human beings are no longer the innocent bystanders they were in earlier
Underworld outings. Turns out us Homo sapiens are none too pleased about the bloodsuckers and werewolves brawling in our midst, and are only too happy to kill the things on sight. Any other vital need- to- know info in the
Underworld world? Not really. There’s this vicious little werewolf-vampire hybrid ( India Eisley) that needs to be rescued from the clutches of a gnarly genetic engineer ( Stephen Rea).
Selene feels strangely protective of the child for reasons you cannot quite determine ( though viewers soon will).
Oh, and there’s a new posh- talking king of the Dracs ( Charles Dance) who doesn’t like Selene much.
However, his hunky son ( Theo James) is not afraid to think differently.
Not that Selene could give two hoots, once she learns her old Lycan boyfriend Michael was on ice right beside her during her dozen- year snooze.
Michael stays off- screen for most of the film, but he’ll definitely be back next sequel. What about you?
Now showing Village Cinemas