Sunday, January 8, 2017

Underworld: Blood Wars

is, as Kyle noted after the movie, definitely the Underworld movie I've seen most recently.

As the fifth installment in this franchise, it delivers the extremely stylized violence and look of its predecessors, gives us Kate Beckinsdale again looking amazing in her skin-tight costumes, and offers the least engaging plot of the bunch.  It is also, unfortunately, the slowest in the group, with too many stretches in which I and other viewers thought, "Too much plot exposition.  Get back to the action."

I won't try to recap the plot, because it truly is irrelevant, lots of vampire politics and werewolf plots and various folks trying to kill each other.  If you pay close attention, you'll be able to follow it all, and if you don't, you won't be much poorer for just going along for the ride.

I also won't for the most part comment on the acting, because the cast members generally do well enough with what they have--which means lots of scenery chewing--to be tolerable. I will say that Theo James can't deliver a serious line, and Lara Pulver's performance serves chiefly to make me want to go back and watch her as Irene Adler in Sherlock, where she was brilliant.

If you have seen the other four movies, or if you are just in the mood for a lot of violence, check out Underworld: Blood Wars.  Otherwise, give it a pass.

Oh, for the hardcore faithful:  yes, they tease a sixth movie.  Yes, I'll go if they make it.

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