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Underworld - Blood Wars

Underworld - Blood Wars
Starring:
Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies, Laura Pulver, Charles Dance, Clementine Nicholson and Daisy Head


Rated: R for strong bloody violence, and some sexuality.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: January 6, 2017 Released by: Sony Pictures

This version of the Underworld series is silly, foolish and embarrassing for the performers. 

Everyone is chasing the blood which has been genetically created in Selene's (Kate Beckinsale) daughter who is the result of a mating between Selene and a Lycan.  Her blood is considered to have the power to bring peace between the two diverse species.  It could help stop the war between the Lycans and the Vampires according to everyone in each camp.  The question therefore has to be presented, if that is so, why don't more of the two groups have sex and create more children who can bring peace.  That idea is never even discussed in the script.  

The heart of the fill is filled with battles involved in chasing the pure blood. Character who have a leading role are up and down, but the fighters just get shot or split with a sword and fall dead, or into a pile that looks like electrical sparks.  Beckinsale is slaughtered but slips under ice and then we see her in a hot tub with her body covered with cheese cloth, she is then submerged into the deep hot water and a few scenes later appears well and ready for more action.  She needs better material. 

Not only fighting with her enemies Beckinsale's Selene must deal with Semira (Lara Pulver) who is ambitious and wants Selene and her new support from David (Theo James) who suddenly learns he is the rightful inheritor of leadership and has a special sword which reminds us of The Sword in The Stone and other such stories, destroyed leaving her in control.  It's interesting that Beckinsale wears her standard back corset for her part and Lara Pulver exposed much of her upper body as she enters battles and moves to take over.  Could that has symbolism of some kind ?  

The battles are confined to limited areas probably to save cost and the visions of the power each group can maintain do not appear in the battles.  There is far less obvious power and strength in numbers than what is alluded to in the dialogue.  

At some points the morphing of the Lycans are filled with shouting and painful sounding noise which appear to be comical rather than serious and important. Drinking blood is an important element in the story, it generally brings about images of flashbacks which fill in some of the background that caused the present situations.  

A great deal of blood letting, fighting with no purpose except for a contact in the last scene which may lead to another sequel, let's hope not.  

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