Any potential that the premise might have had is squandered by lifeless direction, tacky 3D effects and the hogwash script. A series of ludicrous situations are strung together in a vain attempt to generate some excitement. We are smothered with listless images and dollops of gratuitous gore.
As the one-woman demolition army, Kate Beckinsale is camera-friendly. But that’s about it. Even at a mercifully brief 85 minutes, Underworld: Awakening is guaranteed to leave the viewer in a state of deep slumber.