In Review: Underworld: Blood Wars

This fifth movie really needs to be the final nail in the coffin, because it seems to try and end on such a note that Selene's story has now concluded. 

Synopsis: Vampire death dealer Selene fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her.

Review: We thought it was all over, but apparently not.

Released last year in cinemas and only having been released recently for the Home Entertainment market. ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ is the fifth and hopefully final movie of the franchise.

Kate Beckinsale returns as death dealer Selene and as always commits fully to the role, but this time she is backed up by Lara Pulver as the ambitious and evil Semira.  We also get some solid acting from ‘Merlin’ star Bradley James and of course Charles Dance returns as Thomas. 

The film has no shortage of well known actors, which continues in the tradition of the movie series. But it has definitely gotten to the point of franchise fatigue.

The story, which has the usual intrigue of the vampire coven with regards to bloodlines and pure blood vampires continues and the war between them and the lycan’s continues at full tilt.

The story sees Semira trick Selene into returning to the court under the pretence of a pardon. But it turns out that she is just after Selene’s blood.

Added to all this is leader of the Lycan’s Marius who is hunting Selene to learn of the location of her daughter. Who is of mixed Lycan and Vampire blood.

As with all the prior films the bloodletting comes thick and fast and all the action is very stylised, but story wise it all barely hangs together.

The story is elevated by great acting performances and the fact that everyone is fully committed to their roles. Bradley James puts in a solid performance as Varga who has some great scenes with Lara Pulvar’s sexy and highly dangerous vamp

Charles Dance as always gives 100%, but his role is short lived as soon as Semira’s plot is hatched.

The films story does end in such a way that it could well be the last of the franchise, which if the case can only be a good thing.

I always felt the first two films were when the Underworld series was at its best. It was the third movie. A prequel film that kind of jumped the shark for this franchise. This fifth movie really needs to be the final nail in the coffin, because it seems to try and end on such a note that Selene’s story has now concluded.

Underworld: Blood War
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One Comment
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    13 June 2017 at 1:48 pm -

    I quit after the third one. I got tired of them killing off all the interesting characters.

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