Underworld 2 : Evolution I wasn't going to comment after I saw this film over a week ago, after having waited so long for it. However, having just re-watched the first film on DVD, I am just too worked up not to let loose. SPOILER warning The movie was a disaster. The first one was a gem because of the parallel between the Selene/Michael romance of the present and Sonia/Lucian in the past. But I am getting ahead of myself. This sequel literally picks up right where the first one left off, with a backstory insert to prep the Markus angle. My problem is that too little of what was good in the first movie survives into the sequel. Lucian's dead, Viktor's dead, and as hobbling as it is losing Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy, the director further proceeds to kill off the remainder of the coven (offscreen!), and ignore the Lycans as any kind of factor on their own. The 'Vampires vs. Lycans' premise is thus casually discarded virtually before the movie starts. Sure the black latex catsuit is still there, and thank God for that. Kate's Selene is uber-hot and displays more emotional range. This unfortunately kills much of the Death-Dealer 'kool' she had before, but perhaps was intended to help amp up her tepid chemistry with Scott Speedman. Scott Speedman is again merely-passable as Michael. In the first movie he at least was the focus of the story, and it was through his disbelieving eyes that we assimilated the Underworld mythos of Vampires vs. Lycans. In this sequel he is just an ornament for Beckinsale to play off of. Derek Jacobi is embarrasing as Alexander Corvinus. Throw a toga on him and he's faxing in Senator Gracchus from Roidley Scott's 'Gladiator'. Tony Curran as Markus has quite some presence, but you can't really connect to his fraternal obsessions, especially when the object thereof is an uncommunicative 7-foot coyote on crack. Markus doesn't arouse our pity the way Michael Sheen's brilliant portrayal of Lucian did in the first film-- and again, back in the first movie, all the fascination with Lucian neatly reinforced the leads' own romance --which sorely needed reinforcing. The rousing gun-centered action of the original has been displaced in too large a share by wirework acrobatics, and Hollywood staples (the downed helo, et cetera) The opening flashback to Markus/Viktor/Amelia could have been shot with a sepia tint for relief --just like all such flashbacks in the first movie were distinguished from the underlit blue haze of the present. What we get instead is the nighttime palette (and virtually the same props) from Peter Jackson's 'The Two Towers'. The final insult is the epilogue narrative. After neutering the covens, and castrating the Lycans, killing off Markus, William and their father; leaving Selene and Michael as supreme immortals: we are supposed to buy into Selene's ominous 'darknesss ahead' for her and Michael. From what and whom, girl? You've killed off everyone who could possibly threaten you and your lover! Sheesh. I'd give this movie a 3 out of 10, but the criminal waste of all the golden potential from the first movie tempts me to give it a 1/2. h.