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Of all the movies whose makers designate them as crap by not screening them in advance for critics, forcing me to go to a multiplex in vampire hours and write a review in a sour overnight stupor, Underworld Awakening is one of the best.
New York Times:
The combat quotient, to the movie's credit, is way up, with narrative folderol kept to a minimum.
Watching the film is strangely like looking at the same three still frames of supernatural battles over and over for 90 minutes.
Kate Beckinsale's "Selene" remains one-note, but it's a wildly entertaining note.
More aggressively violent and thankfully less mythology-driven than previous installments, Underworld: Awakening is strictly for the converted.
Los Angeles Times:
A brisk creature-feature that ditches the series' dreary mythology in favor of a more direct, action-oriented approach.
Crude, cheap and pointless, this surely drives a stake through the heart of the 'Underworld' franchise.
Beckinsale's Selene is back with a vengeance, that famous black catsuit and two fully cocked pistols, having wisely sat out the wretched third installment of the franchise. Don't expect much more than this.
Once again, Beckinsale brings an impressive physicality and subzero cool to her portrayal of Selene.
The entire production is single-mindedly, earnestly devoted to serving up feats of BADASS, and it succeeds in this devotion to the exclusion of everything else.