Underworld, the very mention of this movie franchise brings to mind the immensely hot Kate Beckinsale, which was the major reason (actually the only reason) that I watched this series and when there was news in the air of another Underworld movie, I was thrilled. I was less than thrilled however to note that this did not star Kate Beckinsale and was more of a origins story of the fued between werewolves and vampires.
Hence, I watched the movie with the sole prejudiced purpose of nit-picking as well as comparing Rhona Mitra with Kate Beckinsale. But to my surprise, I actually found that the movie was peaceful time-pass. Loads of action, some of brilliantly choreographed, just made sure that this was my kind of movie. (My kind of movie refers to the leave-brain-at-home action movies).
Coming to the story, it deals with the relationship between the aristocratic vampires led by Viktor (Bill Nighy) and their slaves, the werewolves of whom Lucian (Michael Sheen) is the most favored. And of course, there is the forbidden love angle between Viktor’s daughter Sonja (Rhona Mitra) and Lucian set amidst the broader theme of werewolves fighting for their freedom from the vampires. Lest you think that the freedom struggle is the most important part of the movie, I reassure it is not and the love angle forms the fulcrum of the movie.
Good fun. There is no dull moment in the movie. Things keep on happening. The actors also try very hard to emote and bring in depth in the serious moments of the movie but then realize, actions speak louder than words and act upon it. The ending of this movie tied up to the beginning of Underworld and was very well done. It also helped to explain the resemblance between Selene (Kate Beckinsale. Sigh!!) and Sonya (It also helped that Rhona Mitra shared a certain resemblance with Kate though she couldnt quite kick-ass the way Kate did)
In short, full (well almost, I still miss Kate Beckinsale) paisa vasool and good entertainment for 1.5 hrs.
Rating – 6/10