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Underworld: Awakening - Film Review

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A gruesome war between vampires, Lycans and humans breaks out in the latest instalment of Underworld. Kate Beckinsale returns as the sizzling and fierce Selene.

This movie can be described in one word: bad-ass. The action, the stunts and the gore. Directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein have gone all out with this blood-thirsty (no pun intended) narrative.

The heart-pounding opening scene sucks me right into the blue-tinged vampire tableau. And for the next 88 minutes, I'm entertained by the non-stop action, oscillating between gripping my hands together and gasping at the Lycans jumping at me in 3D.

Kate Beckinsale is even hotter on an IMAX 3D screen, and Theo James (who plays David, another vampire) is a welcome addition to the Underworld coven as eye candy for the female populace. Vampires have never been hotter - yes, I include Edward Cullen in this sweeping statement.

Boys, you're in for a treat. Kate Beckinsale saunters around in her signature black leather latex suit with her rockin' body. She hasn't aged a day if you compare her to the first of the Underworld franchise films back in 2003. I suspect she may very well be a vampire in real life too. I jest. Beckinsale is unquestionably stunning (at 38, no less).

Eve, the hybrid child played by India Eisley, is strikingly eerie in a way that brings The Exorcist or The Ring to mind. She creeps around in white pyjamas, a visual contrast alongside the black and blue wash of the rest of the colour scheme.

There are holes in the storyline, but I don't even care. This film is intended to shock and awe you with blood-spattering violence and spectacle, not inspire you with meaningful dialogue or plot twists.

I'm normally not a fan of the 3D effect (with exceptions like Avatar), but all the action scenes in this film are vivid and gut wrenching (in a good way). And the Underworld macrocosm is deliciously graphic and extreme in IMAX 3D.

Although I'd especially recommend this instalment to existing Underworld devotees, even those who aren't die-hard fans might enjoy it. There's also a synopsis at the beginning of the film summarising the first three films, which I gladly appreciated - I watched the other films quite a while ago.

Note: I attended the media screening on Monday, January 23rd as a guest of the production.

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Why? Hot vampires and mad action
Where: Your local cinema
Cost: Standard movie ticket prices
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