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Underworld: Evolution (2006)
Action,Fantasy,Horror
USA / Hungarian
This movie continues the saga of war between the Death Dealers (vampires) and the Lycans (werewolves)...
Kate Beckinsale Selene
Scott Speedman Michael Corvin
Tony Curran Marcus Corvinus
Shane Brolly Kraven
Derek Jacobi Alexander Corvinus (as Sir Derek Jacobi)
Bill Nighy Viktor
Steven Mackintosh Andreas Tanis
Zita Görög Amelia
Brian Steele William Corvinus
Scott McElroy Soren
John Mann Samuel
Michael Sheen Lucian
Sophia Myles Erika
Richard Cetrone Pierce (as Rich Cetrone)
Mike Mukatis Taylor
Director: Len Wiseman
Producer: David Coatsworth,Gary Lucchesi,Tom Rosenberg,Richard S. Wright
Writer: Danny McBride,Len Wiseman
This movie will satisfy its target audience, guaranteed
Let's face it. If you're going to see this movie, you probably enjoyed the original and are looking for more. You want high doses of fight scenes, vampire and lycan lore, blood, violence, and Kate Beckinsale wearing leather or less. In short, this movie delivers all of the above in great excess, so if you liked Underworld, you're going to like Underworld: Evolution as much or more.

On the other hand, if you don't like blood, violence, action, mythology, or using a sword in a world full of guns, this movie is not for you, and it's NOT MEANT to be for you, so don't complain about it.

This movie surpasses the original as far as story development. We learn a good bit about each character's past, which helps justify all the extreme violence they engage themselves in. We're also introduced to some new characters and plot lines that add interest and new twists, rather than just rehashing all the familiar faces from Underworld.

This movie fails to get a 10 rating from me for the following reasons:

1) Not quite enough "stuff" to fill the time. Too many shots of Kate Beckinsale "looking intense". The movie could have been 10 minutes shorter if the number of these shots had been reduced from seemingly infinite down to 10 or so. Minor problem.

2) A few glaring continuity errors.

3) Too many flashback/explanation shots from the original Underworld. I suppose this is necessary so as not to alienate viewers who didn't see the original or who forgot it. However, this movie is obviously targeted to people who liked the original and want more, so give us a quick refresher and then hit us with new stuff. No need to keep providing Cliff's notes throughout the movie. Make us think a little!

4) There wasn't a standout power move comparable to the spinning/shooting through the floor in the original Underworld. Let's face it, half the people that went to that movie did so because that shot was in the trailer. This movie had lots of power moves, but none that stood out as the winner.

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Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 1
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Imdb rating: 6.6
Musician: Marco Beltrami
Running time: 102 min (cut)
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Last modified: 2007-07-19 20:27:3