Un­der­world: Blood Wars

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

THIS IS the fifth, and lat­est, in­stal­ment in the pop­u­lar Un­der­world film fran­chise. Un­for­tu­nately, this is also a con­vo­luted mess that lacks a de­cent story as well as a good di­rec­tor.

Even the fight scenes, which the pre­vi­ous in­stal­ments were known for, are now too long drawn out and tire­some.

Fol­low­ing up from the medi­ocre fourth movie, Un­der­world: Awak­en­ing, vam­pire death dealer Se­lene (Beck­in­sale) strug­gles emo­tion­ally as she tries to come to terms with the fact that she may never see her daugh­ter, Eve, or her ex-lover, Michael, again.

She also hints at be­ing pre­pared to die af­ter walk­ing the Earth for 1,000 years.

How­ever, she first has to con­tend with a stronger and more uni­fied group of Ly­cans, now led by the fire­band Mar­ius (To­bias Men­zies).

Mar­ius des­per­ately wants to find Eve ,as he be­lieves the child’s blood (she is a vam­pire-Ly­can hy­brid) is the key to mak­ing the Ly­cans stronger.

There is also a power play within the vam­pire coven, with the am­bi­tious Semira (Pul­ver) try­ing to gain con­trol of ev­ery­one with help from her ma­nip­u­la­tive lover, Varga (Bradley James).

There is even a vam­pire coven high in the moun­tains that our hero­ine and her ally, David (James), visit. This Nordic coven will re­mind you of a set from the Game of Thrones, with many of its in­hab­i­tants re­sem­bling Daen­erys Tar­garyen.

If you are a fan of the se­ries, there is some sort of clo­sure for cer­tain char­ac­ters and an el­e­ment of a new be­gin­ning for oth­ers.

If you had any hope that this se­ries would end with this movie, you can for­get about it, as it is ap­par­ent here that the film­mak­ers are go­ing to milk this tired fran­chise as long as they can.

Over­all, this is only for fans who still find this movie genre fas­ci­nat­ing. Cast: Kate Beck­in­sale, Theo James and Lara Pul­ver Di­rec­tor: Anna Fo­er­ster E-Value: 3 Act­ing: 4 Plot: 4

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