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Underworld
     

Underworld

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Director: Len Wiseman

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen

 

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A young man who has pledged his life to helping others finds himself in a pitched battle between two gangs of supernatural villains in this blend of horror story and action thriller. Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) is a medical student who is heading home after a long day of school and work when he unexpectedly finds himself in the middle of what appears to be a

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A young man who has pledged his life to helping others finds himself in a pitched battle between two gangs of supernatural villains in this blend of horror story and action thriller. Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) is a medical student who is heading home after a long day of school and work when he unexpectedly finds himself in the middle of what appears to be a rumble between two well turned-out street gangs. What Michael doesn't know is he has witnessed a skirmish between two deadly underground communities, unknown to the mortal world, who are battling for supremacy -- the Death Dealers, a tribe of vampires, and the Lycans, a band of werewolves. Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is a leading member of the Death Dealers who hears through the grapevine that the Lycans have plans to capture the aspiring doctor who witnessed their battle. Certain something is in the air, Selene begins following Michael around the city, and she finds herself growing emotionally attached to him. As Selene becomes more attracted to Michael, she becomes more convinced that the Lycans are planning a major attack against the Death Dealers, although vampire kingpin Kraven (Shane Brolly) is certain she's crediting the Lycans with more intelligence than they can muster. As Selene shadows Michael, she finds herself wanting to protect him, but her longing becomes a handicap when he's attacked by Lucian (Michael Sheen), the leader of the werewolf community, and the man she wants to save has now become a sworn enemy. Underworld was the first feature film from music video director Len Wiseman.

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All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Pitting werewolves and vampires against each other is something that every movie monster-lover can appreciate any day of the week. In Len Wiseman's stylish, but flawed directorial debut Underworld, this concept is explored and fleshed out with epic intentions, but not so epic results. First off, anyone expecting monumental battle scenes between the two creatures better stop where they are, because there will only be a full plate of disappointment here. Moments of bloody hand-to-hand monster brawling are fleeting, with all of the action relegated to quickly cut, lame John Woo-style gunfights. It's a problem that lies at the heart of the film -- instead of embracing the horror elements of these two iconic creatures, the filmmakers opt to sweep it under the rug and dress the modestly-budgeted 23-million dollar flick up as an action-fest whose explosive elements and style are as derivative as they come. Unfortunately, it seems that most of the money went straight into the gothic production design, while other sections were greatly hindered by the budget restraints -- namely, the creature effects. Created and crafted by Patrick Tatopoulos (the same hack behind 1998's Godzilla redesign), the werewolves (aka: lycans) are a lame bore, with huge muscular necks and little hyena heads with no fur to be seen, the design is awkward and unapologetically ugly, save for the few imaginative transformation scenes. Surprisingly, the film shines in the one place no one would expect -- the script. With the endless amounts of vampire lore floating around, Underworld's inventive approach is refreshing and far more interesting than the bullet-ridden shoot-'em-up scenes -- though the style of the flashbacks leaves much to be desired. In contrast, the acting is strictly a mixed bag, with lithe star Kate Beckinsale and clan heads Lucian (Michael Sheen) and Viktor (Bill Nighy) bringing class and freshness to the piece, while others like Shane Brolly as Kraven stink up the screen with their semi-Euro trash accents and laughable diction. There is a well-developed base here that will serve the sequel Underworld: Evolution well -- but as it is, this one will forever fail to live up to the concept it built for itself. Too bad too, because the world needs more werewolf vs. vampire films!

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2004
UPC:
0043396007000
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kate Beckinsale Selene
Scott Speedman Michael
Michael Sheen Lucian
Shane Brolly Kraven
Bill Nighy Viktor
Erwin Leder Singe
Sophia Myles Erika
Robby Gee Kahn
Wentworth Miller Dr. Adam Lockwood
Richard Cetrone Pierce
Kevin Grevioux Raze
Zita Görög Amelia

Technical Credits
Len Wiseman Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Nick Allder Special Effects Supervisor
Deborah Aquila Casting
Robert Bernacchi Executive Producer
Mark Egerton Asst. Director
Celestia Fox Casting
Kevin Grevioux Associate Producer,Original Story
Paul Haslinger Score Composer
Martin Hunter Editor
Bruton Jones Production Designer
Claude Letessier Sound/Sound Designer
Danny Lohner Musical Direction/Supervision
Gary Lucchesi Producer
Danny McBride Associate Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Terry McKay Executive Producer
James McQuaide Executive Producer
Wendy Partridge Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Phipps Art Director
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
Tom Rosenberg Producer
Jon Sidel Associate Producer
Malcolm Stone Set Decoration/Design
Csaba Stork Art Director
Skip Williamson Executive Producer
Henry Winterstern Executive Producer
Tricia Wood Casting
Richard S. Wright Producer

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Underworld 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best horror film in years.Len Wiseman and Danny McBride provide a solid, well-written story and screenplay,brilliantly brought to life by Wiseman's excellent direction.He keeps the film moving briskly with no dull spots and works up quite a head of suspense.He is well- aided by stunning photography,sets,costumes, and special effects.And Wiseman gets brilliant performances from his cast.Scott Speedman is very good(yes,ladies,he's a gorgeous hunk!),and Kate Beckinsale is a knockout!A great movie for action and horror fans.
AARON_HENFLING More than 1 year ago
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE FOR ANY VAMPIRE OR WEREWOLF FAN!!! THE VISUAL EFFECTS WILL BLOW YOU AWAY! IT IS REALLY FAST PACED!!! ALSO, THIS 2 DISC SET OFFERS MORE BONUS CONTENT SUCH AS THE FEATURETTE "FANG VS. FICTION". THIS FEATURETTE OFFERS ANY VAMPIRE/WEREWOLF FAN HISTORICAL INFORMATION ON THE LEGENDARY VAMPIRES AND WEREWOLVES. IT SHOWS HOW THESE TWO SPECIES EVOLVED THROUGH TIME INTO THESE FEROCIOUS LOOKING CREATURES IN TODAY'S POP CULTURE!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie wasn't the best. And I don't think I'll ecxept it as a horror flick, I'll stay with action flick because there was no horror in my opinion. Well.....really good acting, good effects, nice action, and great plot. Worth a check.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. You go into the movie expecting to chose between two sides what is quickly apparent is that there is three sides. I have watched this movie over thirty times and I love every minute. I am waiting for the seqel due out September 2005. Does anybody know where I can get a outfit like Selene's?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie, the actors were splendiferous and the screen effects were amazing. If you are contamplating to watch or buy this I would urge to BUT IT!!! Now
Guest More than 1 year ago
The werewolves look like rats and there isn't enough gore for my taste.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thrust vampirism and werewolves into the present, giving them clothes from the Matrix movies and there you go. It's a blast and follows some of the same feel as Blade. It has a slightly different take on how the two species are described, yet both are very powerful in their own right. The werewolves used to be slaves of the vampires until one incident started a war hundreds of years ago. Not as corny as so many other movies involving these topics. Check it out!
Allanon More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the best in the vampire/werewolf genre. It follows the general ideas of the vampire and werewolf roleplaying games. The visuals are excellent and mythos is well developed to give a feel of complete and compelling world (which nobody really would want to live in, but still). Kate Beckinsale's performance is very remarkable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw it in theaters and ABSOLUTELY LOVED it! The fighting and flashbacks are great. The effects are good too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like vampires and guns it's great. Special effects and costumes are also very good. Worth adding to your movie collection. If they make a part two I think it will be even better.
foreverinmyheart More than 1 year ago
This is among the best of the vampire movies that I have seen. Well worth the money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an ok film. The things I like best are the stunts, the action and the licon (werewolves.) If you are looking for a good horror film rent or get: Blade 1 or 2, Resident Evil ( they are making another Resident Evil. I think?) or Van Helsing. Bye.
HannaH_Kasidi321 More than 1 year ago
A story that's entertaining with twists of clever. The actors[Ladies & Gents alike]- just resonate their part. Accents, Beauty, BEEFY with (major) ACTioN...i NEVER get tired of watching this version of Vampire/Werewolf(Liccan)taLe. Kevin Grevioux-{Raze} is a Co-Writer...His background in genetic engineering PUMPS UP the storyline to --->HELL YEAH!!!...and His VOICE- YUMMY...i thought it was some kind of computer generated effect (until) i checked out the Special Features Extras of the dvd. HOT ROCKiN' GooD TiMe FUN!!!
Black-Fury More than 1 year ago
Kate Beckensale is definatly gothic vamp material. Sleek, dangerous, and mezmerizing. A bad to the bone movie that involves the supernautral better have the hole cast of this in it. Or else that movie will go to the movie graveyard. Disappointing and forgotten.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie, the graphics were great as well as the story line. You con't go wrong with this movie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing film, with great special effects. A great plot, fantastic actors, and stunning picture. This is not just a gory horror flick, but a must-see action movie lead by a beautiful hereoine warrior (Beckinsale). A must see, you'll watch it again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They took an old tale of vampires agaisnt werewolves and made a modern version of the battles. Excellent movie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great action sequences and special effects. But as an action, Vampire, and werewolf movie fan, there was a lot missing. First off they had Vampires with reflections which is a big no no. And there was barley any blood sucking what so ever, needed to be more. They needed to go more indept with the war and Seleene story. other than that this movie was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i cant stop playing this movie i love the action cant wait for #2.i watch and read alot of vampire stuff one of the best movies ever