- Action, Fantasy, Horror
- Anna Foerster
- Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Len Wiseman
- Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Lara Pulver, James Faulkner, Charles Dance
- Times Media Films
Good day and welcome to this, our latest DVD review. In this review, we take a look at Underworld: Blood Wars, the fifth instalment in this vampire vs. werewolf gore fest. As we’ve previously reviewed the movie, we’ll just briefly touch on the DVD, it’s special features and what I thought of it all.
What’s it about?
A direct sequel to 2012’s Underworld: Awakening, Blood Wars sees our heroine (Selene) pulled into a war that would seemingly end all wars. Yes, the Lycans are back and stronger than ever. Headed by a highly intelligent and simultaneously very politically motivated leader in the guise of Marius. This leader has a deep dark secret. One that would send fans of the series into a frenzy of rage, though.
Following the events of Awakening, the remaining vampire covens are scrambling to regain some kind of foothold in the war with the Lycans, but their numbers are dwindling, and the conniving Semira works tirelessly to gain ultimate power for herself. Thus, the age-old conflict escalates, with twists and turns as the story progresses.
What did I think about it?
As a true vampire film fan, I have always held a special place in my heart for the Underworld series. Where the series took a serious turn though, was Awakening. The decision for Scott Speedman to not return to the franchise as Michael, seriously messed up the flow of this story for me. There was such promise at the end of the second film, and to see it all squandered in Awakening was truly heart breaking. While Michael does not appear in Blood Wars, there are hints strewn throughout the world as to his presence, but delving into that may or may not reveal spoilers, so we’ll steer clear.
What I can say however is that the direction of this film, while predictable in some ways, ended up surprising me quite a bit when I finished watching it. I have to say that my interest in the franchise has been renewed and I’d quite honestly have to admit that I’d love to see another sequel to follow Blood Wars. The inclusion of a new, Nordic vampire coven, really spoke to me on so many levels and it really introduced new vigour into the series. Plus, I have to admit that despite Kate Beckinsale starting to show her age, I still find her quite attractive in the role of Selene, especially now with the white hair.
A welcome addition to this film was one scene in particular that truly inspired shock and awe in me with regards to the level of brutality on display. It truly demonstrated the power that Selene now possessed since (minor spoiler from Awakening) she now has the blood of Alexander Corvinus flowing through her veins.
- Behind the scenes features: “Old & New Blood” and “The Evil Evolved””
Not very much in terms of extra features, although it was quite interesting to see how the film, set pieces and story threads were put together. Well worth a watch, especially for those of you who are interested in how the movie magic happens on these types of films.
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