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Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James, India Eisley ... see more see more... , Sandrine Holt , Charles Dance , Kris Holdenried , Jacob Blair , Adam Greydon Reid , Catlin Adams , Robert Lawrenson , Lee Majdoub , John Innes , Tyler McClendon , Panou , Ian Rozylo , Benita Ha , Christian Tessier , Kurt Max Runte , Mark Gibbon , Richard Cetrone , Dan Payne , Scott Speedman

Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence ... read more read more...of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species. -- (C) Official Site

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DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012

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  • May 10, 2014
    And so the franchise plods on. I still like it, it's not a brilliant story or franchise but it is very easy to watch. It's getting a little tired now and the next film needs to be something pretty special. A few little changes would have been good. Here she finds she was cryogeni... read morecally frozen for 12 years. How cool would it have been if it had been 112 year instead? Like I say, it's a couple of rewrites away from being great. I liked the real horror scenes and the gore very much but the dark tint is starting wear a little thin.
  • February 17, 2013
    This fourth installment is getting excited and entertaining since the second one about the mankind discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan species and they begin a war to annihilate the races. Selene (Kate Beckinsale) awoke after 12 years while she and her lycan-vampire h... read moreybrid Michael Corvin were caught by the government, and she was freed by Eve (India Eisley) who is revealed to be a hybrid and the daughter of Selene and Michael.
    But the mother-daughter relationships shown were actually good and original - no hugging, no crying, no, "I love you, sweet girl!" Selene behaves as she should - she lost her loved one, so she wouldn't be a smiling happy mother just because she now has a daughter (though of course she would protect her).
    I could see Beckinsale in a bunch of physics-defying action scenes while dressed in her character Selene's signature leather outfit. You get that here. The action scenes are slick and well-made, the Lycans look better than they ever have before, and the ending sequence, involving at least three distinct battles, is satisfactory, even if the ending as a whole promises much more than it delivers.
  • September 4, 2012
    Good to see Kate Beckinsale back for this forth outing. Just a pity it seems they are short of ideas, and backing it seems. It doesn't have the production value of the previous films, especially the first two. The cgi for the Lycans at times isn't that impressive. Hopefully if th... read moreey do anymore it will be with a bigger budget and better story line. For fans of the franchise mainly who seek another Selene outing.
  • August 24, 2012

    Since it's rough beginnings i've always been a huge fan of the Underworld saga and i've entirely devoted myself in defending it from the huge amount of people who have always had many reservations for it... read more and seem to think otherwise. I know for a fact that the series is not as unintelligent as people think. I've always loved it's absolutely beautiful gothic visuals, the convincing lead performances, and the well choreographed action sequences. I believe that Selene is portrayed brilliantly by Kate Beckinsale and in that role she is simply badass. Selene is a very interesting and likable heroine whom you can easily relate to in reality. But most people really dont view the series the same way I do. Those who constantly criticise the film for it's lack of dramatic depth and character study dont seems to enjoy pointing out that the spectacle and set pieces in the film's are designed incredibly well. I often argue that the previous films do in fact have depth. However even myself, a massively loyal fan to the series, found some elements of Awakening problematic. Their is less of a focus on Selene and characterisation of the supporting characters in this 4th installment. I felt unengaged with them unlike a lot of the characters in the previous films and i'd be lying if I said that it wasn't a let down for me. The plot of Awakening is very thin, but nevertheless interesting. If any sequels are made I hope they take the opportunity to develop it into something unique and unexpected. But even though Awakening has a few problems that were not present in the previous films it has fast paced action that doesn't fall short and an elegantly intimidating performance from Kate Beckinsale that we've all come to expect, but still entertains me. It stands out from other installments by throwing in some interesting ideas into the mix that work very well but even though it's dissapointingly weaker than the previous chapters i'm still very confident in thinking it wil please the Underworld faithful, and as a fanatic of the Underworld franchise, I was entertained all the way through.
  • July 4, 2012
    I am most definitely a fan of this series. This movie did not disappoint! A lot of great action, special effects, very entertaining, and very enjoyable. Looking forward to the next one!!
  • June 28, 2012
    The story was okay. Quite unexpected actually. The ending seems to be hinting for another sequel. Really? Will be waiting then.
  • June 21, 2012
    Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James, India Eisley, Charles Dance

    Director: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein

    Summary: Reprising her role as the vampire Selene, Kate Beckinsale stars in this installment in the stylish vampires vs. werewolves franchise. When hum... read moreans discover the Vampires and Lycans, Selene escapes confinement to lead her clan in its ultimate battle.

    My Thoughts: "I can't be the only one who thought this movie was badass.. I mean the kills were awesome. The young India Eisley was fierce and kicked some major ass in this film and she was creepy as hell. Kate Beckinsale is a force to be reckoned with in this film. She is still one of my favorite badass chicks. I have seen all the previous films (hated the third one) and loved almost all of them. I was eager to see this one and I wasn't disappointed. It is action packed and it never lets up. I found the story interesting and I can't wait to see where it goes, cause you know there has to be another one. I missed Michael in this movie. He is great eye candy, but not to be disappointed cause in walked Theo James as David. Nice. My only problem was the audio. Many have complained, like I am about to, that it is hard to understand what they are saying at times. Thank God for subtitles. In the end it was a great action packed film that I will definitely be watching again.."
  • fb100000257973100
    June 18, 2012
    Whenever I watch a film, there are two things I am looking for: entertainment and a story. One without the other creates a complete loss of balance and makes one feel isolated, disappointed, and not really that complete. With the case of the latest installment in the famed Underw... read moreorld series, that is how I felt: disappointed. This film is filled with action galore, but the story is so minimal that you could take this film and edit it into a short twenty minute subject piece. Now, donâ(TM)t get me wrong. I love seeing people/ werewolves getting shot at as much as the next guy. I have nothing wrong with mindless entertainment if it has a purpose. But, here it has none. The plot itself is simple: Selene has been in a frozen state for about twelve years, the world has learned of vampires and werewolves, she gets angry when she finds out she has a daughter that has been kidnapped, and then endless fight scenes. That is seriously the entire film in a nutshell. Honestly, in terms of story, it should have been expanded. I mean, there is a lot of possibilities for this film. There are so many ideas that are introduced to this film (I wonâ(TM)t say in case of spoilers) that it is saddening that they just donâ(TM)t go anywhere. With the acting, it is the same as you would expect: one dimensional characters that we donâ(TM)t even care about. There are some rays of hope with India Eisley as Eve/ Subject 2. For a young actress, she does a rather decent job portraying a young girl that is being thrown into a world she had no involvement in. But other then this rather mediocre performance, the rest of everyone else is just forgettable. That is even more of a sadness due to Stephen Rae being in this film. No stranger to vampire films (Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles), Rae was my hope of class A acting in this film. Yeah⦠that is not the case. Like with a good bit of this film, his character was bland and forgettable. Okay, this is where the trade is in: acting and story sucks, but the action is wonderful. I will give this film props on showing some intense fight scenes, nice gore effects, and great transformation scenes. I am glad that that is entertaining. But, after a while, it does get boring when they start pulling out every clichà (C) known to the history of acting scenes and while it did keep my attention, that was mainly to see the abilities of this new vampire/ werewolf child. Besides that, it was all entertaining, but a bore. I donâ(TM)t know what people were thinking, but I am disappointed with this film. Was it worth to see Kate Beckinsale naked for a few minutes? Yes. Was it great to see Selene back in action? Yes. But what gets me is how pointless this film is. I mean, it is beyond predictable, over the top, and not needed. Honestly, after reading this review, you get the basic idea of what the entire film is. There is no way to spoil this film because there really is nothing in this film. What you see in the trailer is all there is. A great disappointment.
  • fb100000145236770
    May 24, 2012
    Kate Beckinsale returns(she skipped the third movie) for the fourth installment in the "underworld"series as the vampire Selene. Here, humans have discovered the existance of vampires and werewolves and set out to rid the world of them. The basically start an all out war. C... read moreapturing and freezing Selene and Michael(scott speedman) they seem to have all but won the war, then Selene escapes. Upon her escape she finds a small girl who is a hybrid(like Michael) and does everything she can to protect her from humans and these super werewolves. It's filled with action(sadly, I didn't see this in 3D), and plenty of gore. But, it's also filled with a bad story, but actings,and some cheesey special effects(the werewolves look kind of like scrappy doo from the Scooby movie). This is probably the worst of the series,but it doesn't seem to be the last. Hopefully they can do better next time. Watch if you enjoy the "underworld" franchise,but keep expectations low and hope for the potential in a better fifth movie.
  • May 22, 2012
    Fourth film in the Underworld series is a mediocre film that combine, action and horror. What starts off to be promising film quickly turns tiresome. Underworld Awakening is a mindless popcorn action horror flick with a minimalistic story. I felt with this entry, the film had a p... read morelot that just didn't deliver. The film had potential, but it just ended up being a mindless actioner. The Underworld series is one of the few action horror films that had a big potential in being something better than what they turned out to be. Rise of the Lycans was a decent flick, and along with the first film brought something unique to the vampire genre. With this fourth film, the filmmakers have clearly run out of ideas. I thought that the idea of Selene having a daughter was interesting, but there just wasn't any real substance to the idea, it was as if the producers were like ok in this film Selene has a daughter, and we're going to have Kate Beckinsale kick ass for an hour and twenty minutes. With this film, there's simply no depth its plot to truly make it engaging. I just hope this will be the final entry in the series because there's really nothing good going for this series anymore. Rise of the Lycans was flawed, but was a decent action horror film that explored the back story of the feud. With this one it just seemed they made to keep the series going without any merit to do something good and thrilling. The delivers on the action, but lacks an effective plot, which in turn ends up being a shallow emotionless film. There could have been something good here, but the result is a film where the filmmakers didn't seem to care about the outcome. The end result is a mediocre film with good action, but an underdeveloped plot.

Critic Reviews

Joe Leydon
January 23, 2012
Joe Leydon, Variety

Once again, Beckinsale brings an impressive physicality and subzero cool to her portrayal of Selene. Full Review

Laremy Legel
January 23, 2012
Laremy Legel,

Kate Beckinsale's "Selene" remains one-note, but it's a wildly entertaining note. Full Review

Andy Webster
January 22, 2012
Andy Webster, New York Times

The combat quotient, to the movie's credit, is way up, with narrative folderol kept to a minimum. Full Review

Tom Russo
January 21, 2012
Tom Russo, Boston Globe

The most generic entry of the bunch. Full Review

David Hiltbrand
January 21, 2012
David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer

There's not much to this movie beyond a slick procession of dark, gleaming violence. Full Review

Glenn Whipp
January 21, 2012
Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times

A brisk creature-feature that ditches the series' dreary mythology in favor of a more direct, action-oriented approach. Full Review

Peter Howell
January 21, 2012
Peter Howell, Toronto Star

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... Full Review

Nick Pinkerton
January 20, 2012
Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice

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. Full Review

Joe Neumaier
January 20, 2012
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

[The] latest, dreadful entry in the vampires-battling-werewolves franchise. Full Review

Nigel Floyd
January 20, 2012
Nigel Floyd, Time Out

Crude, cheap and pointless, this surely drives a stake through the heart of the 'Underworld' franchise. Full Review

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    • Selene: What is this place?
    • David: We stand, and we fight!
    • Lycan Creature #1: I heal instantly.
    • Selene: I'm counting on it.
    • Eve: It's worse if you try to fight it, trust me.
    • Selene: I was with him one day, and when I awoke it was 12 years later.
    • Thomas: Silver ammunition!

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