Okay...now what? I expected more from this movie, and I'm a bit dissapointed. Don't get me wrong; the movie is okay. But it's not good. I thought it would be better. To be fair, if you haven't seen the first film, you'll have no clue as to what's going on, so if this second installment perks your interest at all, you best brush up on the first one.
Underworld: Evolution continues where Underworld left off, with the war between the vampires and the Lycans (werewolves). Selene (Kate Beckinsale), the vampire heroine, and Michael (Scott Speedman), the vampire-lycan hybrid, are on the run from the vampires being the cause of Viktor's (Bill Nighy) death. Selene can only hope to plea to the last remaining elder, Marcus (Tony Curran). However, Marcus has already awakened. Now his only remaining goal is to awaken his Lycan brother, William from his eternal imprisonment. Selene and Michael must stop Marcus. And, well, that's pretty much the whole plot.
Technically nice, but missing some important ingredients: captivating story, the hard goth rock music is gone now, and the matrix-like shots are toned back to reality making the film feel less gimmicky. The problem with the writing is that it does not get the virgin audience involved in what is going on. There are too many names to memorize. Too much back-story to keep up with. All the characters, including the protagonist know way more than we do. We don't care what she wants to learn. The mystery is meaningless to us. If you like pure action with little plot and dialogue to get in the way, go ahead. While the fight scenes are not overly intricate, there is lots of gore and explosions. How many fake blood they are throwing there? Almost like buckets, and it looks fake. While it was a dark film visually, the true Gothic feel seemed to be missing. I would have liked it to have slowed down a bit. The first movie was fresh and interesting. This one...nah, not so much. Like my friend said, "It was too easy to follow. Kinda like playing video game." Yes, it's easier to follow - but it lost the original essence.
Somehow I know that our heroes can't die - the invincibles who defies all odds to survive past the first film. But invulnerability makes a character weak, as it takes away the fun. All the characters are dead serious, have no complexity, and are one dimensional. They're all immortal, important and dangerous. That's all they seem to be, and that's all they are. I just don't care where it's going. At times, it seemed like the film is trying too hard to impress the audience. And poor Michael - after being the focus of the first movie, he hardly seems to be able to do anything in this one besides react and ask questions. I hated the traditional sell-out ending, it seems forceful. Selene vs Marcus? Michael seems out of place, like a secondary character...what happened with the whole hybrid storyline where Michael is the last decendant of Lycans? Even the sex scene was uncomfortable! Yes, Scott Speedman and Kate Beckinsale are very sexy in their glory, but it seems unnecessary. The plot remains in a solid state of inertia throughout the whole movie. It really makes the movie feel much shorter than it actually is, and much less satisfying than the original. Not a good sign.
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