FILM REVIEW | Underworld: Blood Wars

REVIEW | Underworld: Blood Wars
Starring Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Lara Pulver, and Charles Dance
Review by Mark David Major

What a strange movie this is… Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) seemingly has a lot going for it. It has a strong cast (Kate Beckinsale, Lara Pulver, Charles Dance, Tobias Menzies, Theo James, and Daisy Head) in a well-established film franchise (five films and counting). However, after a promising start, things badly fall off the rails about halfway through this film; more or less a scene or two after Charles Dance’s character dies (no real spoiler there as Dance might as well as worn a ‘red shirt’). A black-haired, blue-eyed, restored English-accent Kate Beckinsale in skin tight pants and flowing overcoat is always a welcome sight for fanboys like myself as well as the delicious presence of Lara Pulver (Irene “The Woman” Adler from BBC’s Sherlock) and the noticeable Daisy Head in a supporting role as Alexia. However, when these three actresses are offscreen, the film noticeably drags to a grinding halt. The story (such as it is) completely falls apart at the midway point into a series of mindless action scenes with really bad editing and poor special effects. The editing in this film is an abomination, on the same level as a Zack Snyder/DC Universe film (and no, that is not a compliment). And then, Beckinsale’s Selene undergoes a weird transformation near the end that comes across as having nothing to do with the story and everything to do with contract negotiations (“If I’m going to do any more of these films, I don’t want to dye my hair black or wear blue contact lenses ever again”). I am unsure about what to make of this film. It has enjoyable parts (Beckinsale, Pulver, Head, Dance) but it doesn’t really add up to anything much. Mark’s Grade: C

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