The next installment in the blockbuster franchise, UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (James) and his father Thomas (Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Kate Beckinsale in leather jumping around smashing things and shooting up the place. With a bunch of shirtless guys thrown in for good measure. Yeah that is pretty much what this film franchise is all about. Oh yeah there are vampires and lycans (Not the mold thing… the werewolves) Perhaps that would make a slightly more interesting movie… The vampires use Spray and Forget to rid themselves of the Lycan.
Anyway, it is a slightly weird thing here in that there is a slight tipping of the scales from previous Underworld films. While in the past it was all about the action with enough storyline to keep it moving in between, here there feels to be a little less action and a lot more story. Especially in the form of flashback, most of which appear to come from footage taken from the previous films. I guess that is a good cost saving measure.
That being said, I did enjoy some of the new characters and the addition of a new and somewhat mysterious northern coven. As a result there is now an additional level of vampire folklore that has not been in any of the previous Underworld films and in turn brings something a little new and fresh to the fray in the form of a strange cult of Norwegian blonde vampires hiding in the snow.
There are several interesting new characters and of course many familiar faces. Blood Wars contains 4 cast members from the Game of Thrones universe. This includes Charles Dance (Thomas) who portrayed Tywin Lannister, Tobias Menzies (Marius) who portrayed Edmure Tully, James Faulkner who portrays Randyll Tarly and Lara Pulver (Semira) who voiced Lady Elissa Forrestor in Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series. There was massive promise to be held for the character of Marius and I guess that Menzies certainly brought the intensity to this pivotal role. Yet as with his character in Game of Thrones, there is a bit of a weakness in his performance. While on the other hand, Charles Dance always brings this power to his roles that is undeniable and his voice… wow, now that is compelling.
You know what, overall I enjoyed the film and it for the most part delivered in its genre for the hour and a half, although I will say the action sequences could have been longer and more intense and then I would have come out of the cinema raving about it and not just Beckinsale’s leather pants.
DVD Releases: 22nd March 2017
Duration: 91 minutes
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Alicia Vela-Bailey
Director: Anna Foerster (Debut Feature Film)
It was originally thought that this was Kate Beckinsale's last movie playing the character Selene, but Len Wiseman has confirmed a sixth movie is in development with Beckinsale reprising her character.
This will be the first time a "Resident Evil" movie and an "Underworld" movie have both been released in the same month.
Bradley James has worked with Daisy Head's (Alexia) real life father, Anthony Head in the TV show 'Merlin (2008)'. They played father and son.