Friday, January 6, 2017

Underworld: Blood Wars - Review


   Well it’s everyone’s favorite time of the year, the annual film dumping ground known as January. 2017 did not wait very long to give audiences it’s first bad film, and it’s pretty bad. It isn’t completely shocking that Underworld: Blood Wars is low in quality as nothing from the franchise was going to indicate a quick turnaround, but just how bad is the 5th entry?


   Death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) must fend off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the vampire faction that betrayed her. Joining forces with allies David (Theo James) and Thomas (Peter Andersson), she embarks on a quest to end the eternal war between the two races, even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.

   Now let it be known that I’ve missed one or two films in the franchise and only seen the others once or twice, but I must say even if my brain were full of Underworld knowledge, I wouldn’t know what was going on. Even the prologue to catch you up to speed doesn’t really help and the urgency to get to the action eventually takes over. So much so that even the plot points that do occur wind up meaning nothing in the end.

   Hardly the film to rely on performances in any way, Underworld: Blood Wars still manages to waste the good actors it has. Kate Beckinsale is obviously playing the same character and is just fine as the lead. But others like Charles Dance, Tobias Menzies, and Lara Pulver are all squandered in favor of more unoriginal, incomprehensible action, of which the franchise is known for.

   The entire premise of vampires vs. werewolves sounds awesome, I won’t deny that, but the silliness that Underworld: Blood Wars tackles it with takes the potential and flushes it away. And the franchise was always that way but this entry seems different in its approach and it all falls flat.

   Overall, Underworld: Blood Wars is just what’d you’d expect from the first month of the new year. It’s dull, over-complicated, and just plain silly. While hardcore fans of the franchise may enjoy this as a new entry to long running franchise, newcomers or casual viewers will just be lost and bored by the endless politics replacing the sought after hokey action that was promised.


   So what did you think of Underworld: Blood Wars? Are you a fan of the franchise? Subscribe, share, comment below, and as always return to I Am Sam for weekly reviews and insight.