The Underworld Series - Review :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I tend to be a bit picky when it comes to vampire movies. I don’t really need them to be unique, to show me something new about the vampire or to even be works of art. Mostly, I just want to be entertained with the general myth which I'm very fascinated about.

That’s why I love the Underworld movies. Most of the people I know look at me strangely when I say it is one of my favorite vampire series since they compared their favorite vampire movie to mine which is Twilight ( I happen to roll my eyes at them as well). They talk of poor acting and bad lines, but I like the acting and I thought the lines worked. I’m not after Oscar-award-winning performances, I just want to chase good acting and somehow, more realistic point of view of the director and the writer.

I think my favorite part of the trilogy is the  Rise of the Lycans, the most, as it tells the story of how the feud came about, of why Lucien hates vampires and why Viktor is so hell-bent on destroying Michael, a vampire/werewolf hybrid.

There is no sleeping in coffins or stakes through the heart – humans generally die if they’re bitten by a vampire – but sunlight is deadly. Humans are noticed about as much as we notice cattle in a field; they’re a curiosity, but not important to a vampire’s daily life.

I'd rather summarize the whole series since I like how they did it. Alexander Corvinus, the first immortal, was the only survivor of a plague that killed everyone it touched. He had three sons, Markus, William, and another. One son was bitten by a bat, one was bitten by wolf and one remained human. Markus and William were the very first vampire and werewolf while the human child carried the immortal gene in a dormant form.

William was uncontrollable; everyone he bit rose as a ‘wolf, but with no control, no ability to turn human again. The werewolf gene was like a curse, unstoppable and uncontrollable. Markus, in order to save his brother, made a deal with a local king, Viktor, who he transformed into a vampire in order to help prevent his brother’s rampages. But Viktor tricked Markus, locking William away and forcing Markus to pretend he wasn’t the first of their kind.

Viktor then studied the werewolves created by William, hoping to control them somehow, as he wanted guards that would protect his vampire clan during the daytime. Eventually, a baby was born to a ‘wolf: Lucien. Viktor thought to kill him, but decided to wait, hoping that his werewolf guard was still a possibility. And it was.

Lucien was really the first werewolf, a true Lycan. He could control his transformations and those he bit also were able to return to human form. He was strong – he didn’t need the full moon in order to change form. He was also dominant; the werewolves created by William obeyed Lucien as if he were their true master.

However, Viktor’s plans went sour: he didn’t count on his daughter falling in love with Lucien or the fact that she would fall pregnant with his child. Horrified by the mixing of the lines, Viktor exposed his only child to the sunlight and let her perish in front of Lucien’s eyes.

And so began the war that lasted centuries: werewolves against vampires. This is where the first movie begins, with Selene, a Death Dealer with a striking resemblance to Viktor’s daughter, hunting werewolves who are trailing the human, Michael Corvin. Intrigued as to why a human would be of interest to werewolves, she follows the young doctor.

Only to have the reasons for the war start all over again. This made me even more excited, to know that there's another installment to the Underworld series. I am so looking forward to it. :) Underworld Awakening due 2012. I am a little bit confused why Michael is not on the trailer but I am crossing my fingers that he is still part of the 4th installment. 

Check out the official trailers of the Underworld series plus the new trailer of Underworld Awakening:

Underworld (2003)

Underworld: Evolution (2006)

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

Underworld: Awakening (2012)

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  1. Selene, the sexiest vampire I've ever seen. :)
    Wonder how the fourth sequel will turn out to be. It seems it will be back to Selene again. And after a flashback in Rise of the Lycans, I wonder how they gonna tie up the events. And who the bad guy will be? All the big guys are dead already. ...Hmmm. Better wait I guess.

  2. so true :) Kate Beckinsale is one of my favorite actress and she is really fit to portray the role of "Selene". :) I'm really excited to watch the 4th installment :) guess, we have to wait :)