Underworld: Awakening

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Underworld: Awakening

Mans Marlind (2012)

18 Certificate


Our Score
From its opening montage of old footage to the open-ended finale, directors Marlind and Stein's third sequel in the vampires versus werewolves saga feels slapdash. The undercover Lycans are after Kate Beckinsale's hybrid daughter, so they can become immune to lethal silver weapons in this unspectacular hodge-podge of bloody action and empty thrills. The returning Beckinsale wears the dominatrix duds with her usual hauteur, but is clearly going through the motions as the nonstop fighting flatlines into repetitive and clunky CGI werewolf attacks. Lifting the paper-thin gloom slightly is Charles Dance, camping it up as a cowardly vampire elder, a mystery daughter (India Eisley) coping with her inner immortal monster and some occasionally startling special effects. However, even fans of the franchise will spot the stretch marks here.


Vampire warrior Selene returns to life after spending years in cryonic suspension by a scientist. Escaping from the facility where she is being held, she finds humans have discovered the existence of the undead and are planning to wipe them out, a new breed of mutant werewolves has emerged, and her super-powered daughter holds the key to ending the conflict. Action fantasy, with Kate Beckinsale, India Eisley and Stephen Rea.

Cast & Crew

Selene Kate Beckinsale
Dr Lane Stephen Rea
Thomas Charles Dance
Eve India Eisley
Sebastian Michael Ealy
David Theo James
Lida Sandrine Holt
Quint Kristen Holden-Ried
Antigen scientist Wes Bentley
Michael Scott Speedman
Director Mans Marlind
Director Bjorn Stein
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Violence. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Jan 2012