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Truly horrible: Review of Underworld - Blood Wars by Rashid Irani

This is a bottom-of-the-barrel film, tacky, ponderous and ridden with cliches.

movie reviews Updated: Dec 02, 2016 18:05 IST
Rashid Irani
Rashid Irani
Hindustan Times
Vampires,Werewolves,Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale fetches up in trademark shiny leather outfits, playing a vampire warrior whose daughter is in danger from werewolves.


Direction: Anna Foerster

Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James

Rating: 0.5 / 5

The ancient conflict between vampires and werewolves is revived for the fifth installment of the Underworld series, which dates back to 2003.

As ponderous and cliché-ridden as its predecessors, ...Blood Wars is weighted down by an abundance of dull dialogue, tacky effects and murky cinematography.

It’s a suckfest that is unarguably the bottom of the barrel in the action-horror genre.

The narrative begins with a portentous voiceover in which a death-dealing vampire warrior (Kate Beckinsale, in trademark shiny leather outfit) recaps the events leading up to her present precarious position.

The film devolves quickly into an agonisingly long inter-species war, with nothing even remotely interesting to hold your attention.

Apparently, the gang of werewolves is now under the command of a new leader (Tobias Menzies, barely scary) and in pursuit of a new mission: to track down the vampire warrior’s teenage daughter in the mistaken belief that the girl’s hybrid blood will bring them immortality.

An agonisingly long and mind-numbing interspecies war ensues. There’s nothing even remotely exciting about the shootouts or the fang-and- sword clashes, which peter out in listless resolution.

Worse, the possibility of another Underworld looms by the end of it all.

Give us a break!

Watch the trailer for Underworld: Blood Wars here

First Published: Dec 02, 2016 18:05 IST