TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW
PART II : UNDERWORLD
An Exercise in Heavy Metal and Vampire/Lycan Love.
Half the fun of a film festival is the experience. The people you meet, and the good times in line.
The other half of the fun are the films.
Underworld is an example of a fun film. Not bad, Not Great. But entertaining none the less.
Len Wiseman's first directorial effort is a success at what it is. A Romeo and Juliet-esqe tale about a war that has been raging between vampires and werewolves for hundreds of years. Best desribed as a mix of Blade 2 and The Matrix, it has all the makings of good summer entertainment.... but wait it's September, seems like it should have been out a few months ago.
Kate Beckinsale does a bang up job as Selene. A vampire death dealer who's obsessed with wiping out the Lycans(werewolves) who killed her family hundreds of years prior. Scott Speedman is decent as the confused human caught in the middle. He spends most of his time writhing around, he's either tied down, being bitten by someone, or chained to something for most of the movie.
Good god though... Shane Brolly who plays Kraven ... is terrible. I'm sure he's a nice guy, but his acting is pretty mediocre in this film. He sticks out like a sore thumb.
The action scenes are pretty good. Very remincent of The Matrix. Lots of slow-mo, jumping and gunplay.... just not done as well as The Matrix.
Overall I thought it was... okay. I'm sure it will do pretty well in theatres.
I would give it a B- , 2 and Half Stars.
God damn ultra-nerds who stayed for the Q&A... ask a fucking relevant question instead of badgering the director about why the vampires had reflections.
Will "RoninKengo" Perkins