January 22, 2012
Underworld Awakes Your Senses!
Kate Beckensale's still got it! And it's great to see her back again in this 4th installment, kicking butt, in her own inimitable way! She definitely makes hacking & slashing look sexy in an "Rrrrrr-rated" sorta way. Cinematography, CGI, stunts, and score were all up to par, as usual. But for me, what set this apart from the past eps was it's relative ease in storytelling. The writing and dialog was tight and believable (well, as believable as one can get with Lycans & Vamps), and compelling enough to make you want more. And at a running time of just 1:29, it did promise that there with be more.
(Spoiler Alert!) The mother-daughter-daddy theme was emotional, too...and you really wanted to see the three reunite, but that's what sequels are for! The daughter is played to perfection, by the way, by breakout young actress India Joy Eisley (best known from 'American Teenager' tv series). Overall, fans should love this senses-awakening sequel, I'd say. But leave the kiddies home!
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