This article contains spoilers for Underworld: Blood Wars
You’d think by now Selene (Kate Beckinsale) would have learned: Trust no one. Especially her own vampire family. It’s been a constant theme throughout the Underworld franchise, and it continues in Underworld: Blood Wars.
When the vampires ask for her help in this one, can an act of betrayal be far behind?
The war between vampires and lycans continues. In the last film, Underworld: Awakening, Selene had learned she had a daughter, named Eve (India Eisley), who, like her father, Michael, is a vampire/lycan hybrid. The lycans were using their hybrid blood to create more deadly werewolves before Selene thwarted their plans. In Blood Wars – the lycans want to find Selene in hopes that she will lead them to her daughter. The problem is Selene doesn’t know where she is. She doesn’t want to know, to keep her daughter safe. The lycans have a new dynamic leader in Marius (Tobias Menzies), who is convinced that Eve’s blood will put an end to the war, mostly by giving the lycans power. But he’s got a secret. In fact, so do a number of people in this movie, which is all part of the fun. Betrayals and secrets have always been one of the best parts of the Underworld series, and this one doesn’t disappoint. When Selene is asked to come back to the vampires to train recruits to become death-dealers, you just know that something’s not right. Soon, she’s on the run again, seeking out another vampire coven with their own secrets and powers. Once she meets and joins them, things really begin to rock.
Admittedly, the Underworld movies has always been silly, but they’ve been silly fun. All the elements that have pleased Underworld fans are present. Kate Beckinsale has the role of Selene down pat and she’s as slick and cool as ever. Theo James returns as David from the previous film, in essence, replacing Michael as chief stud, and doing a better job in the role than Scott Speedman did as Michael. David takes on a more prominent role in the proceedings here. Also very good is Lara Pulver as the power-hungry vampire, Semira. I’ve always gotten a kick out of the distinguished British actors who have appeared in these movies (Michael Sheen and Derek Jacobi, for example; I still get s kick out of the wonderful way Sheen hammed things up as lycan leader Lucius, especially in the third film, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans) and Charles Dance is back from the previous movie as David’s father, a former vampire coven leader who, after Selene saved David’s life in the last movie, is now on Selene’s side. New is Tobias Menzies, a recognizable British face from such TV shows as Game of Thrones, Outlander and The Night Manager, and he’s very good as Marius. The film has plenty of action scenes, some which are repetitious, some which are very well staged, including some effective sword fighting and, in particular, a battle between Marius and Selene on a frozen lake.
Most of the familiar faces are gone, but Blood Wars does a pretty good job of keeping the movie franchise alive with some fresh faces. But will Selene get to see her daughter again? Will she find out what happened to Michael, her love? It’s worth seeing the movie to find out. I don’t want to give away too much of the secrets and reveals, but fans should be pleased. And, yes, by the end things have been set up well for the franchise to continue.
I know I’ll keep watching.
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