Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially a vampire who has a habit of kicking arse and killing her elders. Yes, I speak to you of Selene the death dealer who just didn’t give a damn until the sweet unsuspecting Michael Corvin stumbled into the world of vampires and lycans.
Today I went to see the newest instalment of the Underworld series and despite a suspicion that I might be disappointed I came away satisfied. Sure there was some bad acting on behalf of the new guy, David, and it looked like the inspiration of Subject Two came from The Ring and some of the action was left wanting.
The concept was pretty damn good. After over coming the perils of facing and killing her elders in the first two films Selene and Michael find themselves in a world thrown into chaos when the existence of vampires and lycans becomes common knowledge and humans start to purge the non human species.
To avoid this Michael and Selene are to leave via ship but being cornered by humans on her way to the dock Selene is running late and by the time she gets there it’s too late. Michael is hurt falls into the water and just as she reaches his sinking body a bomb is thrown into the water and pulls them apart.
And then 12 years pass.
In the middle of a medical research centre there is panic as a test subject escapes and releases another, the latter being Selene herself, confused at finding herself in such a position as the last thing she remembers was from 12 years ago. With Michael nowhere in sight she goes on a rampage killing many of her captors in her bid to escape.
The story that follows while not as good as the previous films is still enjoyable, there are a couple of twists one of them had been rumoured since the second film and while Selene is quite desperate to find Michael she still retains an air of independence.
Even though the action throughout the film sometimes seems uninspired there’s the occasional edge-of -your-seat stuff like the destruction of the giant lycan.
There is one observation I have to make and it’s a bit of a spoiler but it is to do with the rumour that has been in circulation for a good few years. For twelve years Selene, who is British, is frozen and her daughter is raised in America (I’m guessing that’s where the films are set, everybody seems to be American) amongst people who have American accents, she has never spoken a word to her mum yet she has a perfect British accent….not even David and Victoria Beckham’s children have a British accent!
It might not be as strong as the other films but I definitely recommend it if you’ve kept up with the series beforehand, if however you haven’t I urge you to at least see the first one!