Underworld
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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…  See more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

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!

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
UPC:
0043396216143
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:14:00
Sales rank:
29,829

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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Scene Index

Director and cast commentary; Outtakes; Fang vs. Fiction: Documentary; Storyboard comparison; Musiv video: Finch - "Worms of the Earth"; 7 Featurettes: Making of Underworld, Visual effects of Underworld, Creature effects, Stunts, Designing Underworld, The Look of Underworld, Sights + sounds of Underworld

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Underworld 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
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.
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!!!!!
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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
This was an excellent movie. Some people described it as 'trashy' but that was what made it fun. Kate Beckinsale was perfect in the role. It was a mix of The Matrix, Queen of the Damned, The Crow and bunch of other films. I left the theatre with a grin on my face.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it!! It proved to be better than the Anita Blake series. Action packed and clever. Serlene is the best character for this book. A girl that kicks*@*!!!!
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 moive is really good. It has alot of action a few scary parts and theres alittle bit of romance in it. It has you guessing all the time. Its the best vampire werewolf goth film i've ever seen!!! This Is A Must See Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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
Underworld had the right idea but lacked follow through. The costumes were great, the plot was good, but the rest of the movie was just aweful. Action? You gotta be kidding me...Romance? uncalled for. The Hollywood cliche of throwing in action and romance into a horror about vampires and werewolves is redundant, come up with something new. This movie had so much potential, but again lacked follow through. Rent this movie, but for do not buy it.
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie in theatres and really enjoyed it a lot. Then my stepfather bought it on DVD and I was overjoyced. I like the idea of bringing Vampires vs. Werewolves into modern times with modern weapons and other things. For all you guys and girls who dont mind gore, this is a good movie to add to your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great action movie! Kate Beckinsale in leathers, vampires, werewolves, swords, whips, guns what more could you want. A good story and a lot of action with surprisingly little gore. I had a blast watching this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the ideas of vampires versus werwolves was a clever one at first. I went to see the movie and thought it was going to be ok but not something I would watch over and over. Well I was wrong, I must have watched this movie 20 times. It is fantastic. It is such a great film. The special effects are amazing and the story line was so original and fun. I hope there will be a sequal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was amazing! If you don't like movies about vampires and you don't like movies about werewolves, you'll still love this movie. The acting was terrific, the weapons were extraordinary and the storyline was unlike any other, A MUST SEE...over...and over..
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
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.
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
The werewolves look like rats and there isn't enough gore for my taste.