Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Underworld: Blood Wars is more of the same

Movie Title:  Underworld: Blood Wars

Grade:  D+

Rating:  PG-13, 91 minutes

In a Nutshell:  Fans of this franchise will be glad to see more of the story.  Fans of the beautiful Kate Beckinsale will get to watch her kick butt wearing black leather some more. Fans of vampires and Lycans will enjoy it.  Anyone else may want to pass on this one.

Uplifting theme: 
  • You’ll ask yourself, “Why can’t we all just get along?”
  • Family, loyalty.
  • Blood is life.

Things I liked:
  • The first 90 seconds give you a very quick overview of what happened in prior movies.     
  • Cool special effects.  Most of them look great, although a few moments look awkward.
  • I think it’s cool how one drop of blood can show so many memories of a character’s life.  There is a LOT of blood and talk of blood in this movie, lending great meaning to this film’s title.

Things I didn’t like:
  • Kate gets beat up a lot.  Pretty flimsy plot to keep bringing her back…
  • Lots of growling.  Ha ha
  • SPOILER: It ends rather abruptly.  I wanted more of a satisfying conclusion, rather than a dangling finish that obviously leads into yet more sequels.
  •  A LOT of CGI-enhanced stunts.
  • It feels and looks more like a video game.
  • Because the movie features vampires, there is very little light in this movie.  Each scene is very dark.  This movie will look terrible on a little computer screen.
  • It's mostly vampires.  You don't get to see the lycans very much.

Interesting lines:
  • “I’m finished with this war.” – Selene (Kate Beckinsale)
“Well, it’s not finished with you.” – David (Theo James)
  • “Are you a slave?”  Then don’t act like one.”  - 
  • “It’s strange to lose someone you feel like you’ve never known.” – David
  • I no longer fear death, for I have known it once already.” - Selene

Funny lines:
  • “Don’t think.  You’ll hurt yourself.” – Semira (Lara Pulver) 
Tips for parents: 
  • There is a LOT of violent fighting and splattering blood of various creatures.  Characters die in a lot of terrible ways.
  • Semira wears a lot of skimpy clothes and kisses another woman.

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