Underworld - Evolution

Underworld - Evolution

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Director: Len Wiseman

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Tony Curran

     
 

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Tribes of vampires and werewolves battle for supremacy among the undead in this follow-up to the horror hit Underworld. Tracing the bloody history of the ongoing war between the Death Dealers, a gang of upper-crust vampires, and the Lycans, a pack of scruffy werewolves, Underworld: Evolution finds beautiful Death Dealer Selene (See more details below

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Tribes of vampires and werewolves battle for supremacy among the undead in this follow-up to the horror hit Underworld. Tracing the bloody history of the ongoing war between the Death Dealers, a gang of upper-crust vampires, and the Lycans, a pack of scruffy werewolves, Underworld: Evolution finds beautiful Death Dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and hunky Lycan Michael (Scott Speedman) exploring their own pasts as well as those of their comrades in hope of uncovering the secrets of this centuries-old conflict. As Selene and Michael deal with their bloody legacy as well as their forbidden romance, the violence between the Death Dealers and the Lycans escalates in what may be the final face-off between them. Directed by Len Wiseman, who also helmed the first film, Underworld: Evolution also stars Shane Brolly, Bill Nighy, Tony Curran, and Derek Jacobi.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Picking up where the first Underworld left off, this similarly action-packed sequel continues to chronicle the centuries-old war between the Death Dealers (vampires) and Lycans (werewolves). Selene (Kate Beckinsale), the sexiest vampire ever to fill out a black latex bodysuit, joins forces with Lycan hybrid Michael (Scott Speedman). Their assignment: to foil Marcus (Tony Curran) before he can free his Lycan brother, William (Brian Steele), from eternal imprisonment. Once again, returning writer-director Len Wiseman has the characters accomplish this task with much martial-arts mayhem and bloodletting; Evolution's budget must have allowed plenty of money for the gooey red stuff, because it's splattered around indiscriminately. The fight scenes -- all choreographed and edited to the nines -- clearly took precedence over such script considerations as logic, but filmmakers in the vamps-vs.-werewolves biz rarely favor substance over style. Character actors Derek Jacobi and Bill Nighy lend their formidable talents to the ensemble, and their presence is welcome. Like them, Beckinsale (whose steamy love scene with Speedman is the movie's one non-lethal highlight) emerges with her dignity intact and makes Evolution a worthy successor to the original.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Audiences that fed into its predecessor's mix of horror and exploitive double-gun action will be pleased with Underworld: Evolution, a pulpy sequel that soberly soaks in its own mythology while delivering a less derivative retread of the pop-cinema imagery that critically killed the first film. No doubt about it, the picture is still a latex lover's dream, but at least there's a bit more of the monsters this time around to balance the genre-bending cocktail. As was the first film's strength, the best thing here is the story, which continues to expand the better-than-average underworld folklore. Also impressive are the creature effects, which have been given a well-needed overhaul from the hyena-like werewolf wannabes of the first film. Kate Beckinsale once again shoulders the goth dramatics efficiently, with a brief flashback appearance by Bill Nighy stealing the show in just the few minutes that open the film. There are still plenty of silly questions left to be answered, the biggest being why Beckinsale's character inherited special powers in the final reel only to fall back on gun theatrics in the big showdown -- then again, maybe that's to be expected in an Underworld movie. These flicks aren't solid gold, but they are stylized distractions that the masses can easily eat up. And if that means big monster shoot-outs, then so be it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2006
UPC:
0043396147324
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
61,466

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director and filmmakers' commentary; The Hybrid Theory-Visual effects featurette; The War Rages On-Stunts featurette; Bloodlines: From script to screen-Making-of featurette; Making Monsters Roar-Creature featurette; Building a saga-Production design featurette; Music and mayhem-Music and sound design featurette; Music video-"Her Portrait in Black" by Atreyu

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kate Beckinsale Selene
Scott Speedman Michael
Tony Curran Marcus
Derek Jacobi Corvinus, Alexander
Bill Nighy Viktor
Steven Mackintosh Arnaud Tanis
Shane Brolly Kraven
Brian Steele William
Zita Görög Amelia
Scott McElroy Soren
John Mann Samuel
Michael Sheen Lucian
Sophia Myles Erika
Robby Gee Kahn
Alexander Grant Tavern Cop #2

Technical Credits
Len Wiseman Director,Executive Producer,Original Story
Deborah Aquila Casting
Chris August Art Director
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
John Burke Set Decoration/Design
David Coatsworth Executive Producer
Nicolas de Toth Editor
Simon Duggan Cinematographer
Allan Galajda Set Decoration/Design
Kevin Grevioux Co-producer
David Husby Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Lucchesi Producer
Danny McBride Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Terry McKay Executive Producer
James McQuaide Executive Producer
Wendy Partridge Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Rosenberg Producer
Patrick Tatopoulos Production Designer
Skip Williamson Executive Producer
Henry Winterstern Executive Producer
Tricia Wood Casting
Richard S. Wright Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Underworld: Evolution
1. Start [9:45]
2. The Last Hope [2:34]
3. Respect the Elders [3:17]
4. No Going Back [1:39]
5. Carving a New Course [5:54]
6. Can't Bear the Hunger [6:19]
7. Road Rage Reunion [4:16]
8. A Burning Need [5:09]
9. Leaving No Trace [2:20]
10. Relic of Memory [2:13]
11. The Exile's Snare [3:49]
12. Time for Answers [1:50]
13. Truth and Legend [7:32]
14. Impaling Interrogation [3:16]
15. Father of the War [3:08]
16. Bleeding the Man [2:40]
17. Pain of Helplessness [1:25]
18. Divine Aspiration [3:17]
19. The Future Begins [3:11]
20. The Past Fades Away [2:14]
21. A Forgotten Chamber [1:19]
22. A Submerged Fury [3:00]
23. Brothers Reunited [1:08]
24. "We're Too Late" [4:03]
25. Explosive Encounter [3:13]
26. Outnumbered [3:27]
27. A Monstrous Duel [3:42]
28. Light of New Hope [10:22]

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