Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Underworld Awakening

Let's see how this one stacks up to the previous film in this series.

Kate Beckinsdale in skintight latex and corset outfit?
Vampires fighting humans?
Vampires fighting lycans?
Stylized gray-scale look?
Illogical new powers for Kate?
Illogical new powers for lycans?
A plot you must never consider closely?
Entirely expendable supporting characters?
So why did I go see this movie--and the previous two?

The first four check marks, of course.

To be fair, the original Underworld actually had a mostly reasonable plot that you could follow without wanting too much to throw your popcorn at the screen. This one doesn't worry about maintaining a sensible, consistent plot--but it does give you naked Kate on the floor with strategically placed bits of mist covering her private parts. The filmmakers must figure that as long as you're absorbed by her awesomeness, you won't mind their many other failures.

For the most part, they were right with me. I wanted a bit of violent, stylized brain candy, and in Underworld Awakening, I got it. I can recommend it, though, only if you liked the previous two and are in the mood for more of the same.

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