ByJames Wood, writer at
Unabashed Transformers fan. Man crush on Tom Hardy. Avid fan of Tommy Wiseau's cult disasterpiece The Room.
James Wood

Kate Beckinsale, the sexiest actress ever, is back in the black leather as Selene, the darkest and coolest female action hero. Three films in and this franchise is on fine form with Beckinsale delivering her best performance as the Vampire warrior. As well as honing slick fighting and shooting skills, Selene takes on the role of a mother when she discovers her and Lycan lover David birthed a child, Beckinsale balances a killer and this new mother superbly, the scene where she confronts Charles Dance's coven leader proves the actresses dramatic chops!

For fans of the series this fourth instalment is a great comeback, it's short, sharp and solid, and it features genuinely all round great performances. Better yet is the excellent 3D, some may turn away from the conversion as they may think the darkness will dampen the effect but it's brilliant, throwing weapons and guns soar out the screen and the sense of depth is hugely effective, and looks best when inside the Antigen laboratories. I am jaw dropped even after many repeat viewings, definitely a must watch in 3D. The story is stronger than all the previous Underworld films, and there's a great theme of family amongst the blazing action and gore. Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Stephen Rea, India Eisley, Sandrine Holt, Charles Dance and Kris Holden-Reid are an amazing cast with style, this is how Underworld should be: dark, stylish yet violent and explosive, this is the best in the franchise.

My only niggles with this film are aimed at the soundtrack, a noticeable movie mistake and the ending. The soundtrack is weak, there is no memorable hook or running theme, just a clash of loud hits and a lack of presence, future instalments need bigger and brash soundtracks that will amplify the already great action further. There is also one movie mistake that sticks out like a sore thumb, and it has to be mentioned. During the car chase when the Lycans run through the streets, civilians on the sidewalks can be clearly seen casually strolling as if the Lycans aren't even there, usually movie mistakes don't bug me but that's a glaringly obvious problem. As for the ending, it just needed a bit more meat on it. It ends with a line from Selene about a comeback and then the film cuts as if it were rushing to get to the credits.

Aside from those three problems, this 2012 dark action sequel blows my mind on each viewing and will continue to do so. Kate Beckinsale is such a brilliant action star and the style of these films sticks with me, we need more dark and brooding action films that cross in the 18+ territory.


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