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Peed-off Movie Review - Undeworld 2 : Evolution

Discussion in 'Band of Glockers' started by horge, Feb 1, 2006.

  1. horge

    horge -=-=-=-=- Lifetime Member

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    Underworld 2 : Evolution

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    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.



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  2. Alexii

    Alexii Janeway Forever

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    I was wondering about the same thing. She can even walk in daylight towards the end thanks to Corvinus' blood donation. It may be a pathetic attempt to hint at a third installment of the film. Maybe, maybe not. Money is a strong motivator especially when the original raked in over a hundred million in box office receipts.

    The downed chopper was way too much; Michael did a very original 'King Kong Killing a T-Rex' move on the psychotic Lycan brother William; but what I didn't like most about watching the movie was the way our local censors cut some scenes: it seemed more like a hack job gone awry.

    Would still get it in DVD when it comes out. Overall, it's still entertaining for me. I hope they didn't kill off Amelia way too early in the first film. There's always something about a female, pure-bred vampire.

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    Quite so, Alexii.

    The killings were supposedly over-the-top gory, hence the censorship.
    Kate Beckinsale is nude for her love scene with Scott Speedman,
    and that is cut out too. The result is thus execrable nonsense.
    We are left to 'infer' too much and too often: even that the movie's
    'big bad' has been defeated
    , because we aren;t allowed to see it!
    but I did not want to use our local censors' idiocy as a mark against
    the movie.

    I felt Zita Görög (Amelia) looked much better in the first movie,
    and as an aside-- this Hungarian hottie is simply scorching in some
    of her modelling work. A lot of her portfolio, if I posted it here
    on GT, might get me banned, though.

    Selene (Kate Beckinsale) was stunning in this movie. Maybe too
    stunning. Her skin was just too flawless in some shots, leading me
    to suspect heavy post-editing.




    :)
    horge
     
  4. Evan N. Payawal

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    I haven't seen this one yet. Bad plot aside, who were the major firearm sponsors this time? In the first one, you can tell Walther coughed up some money to have the lead character (the girl) blow away the puny lichens with her P99s (which by the way I didn't know had that full auto option, have one myself in 9mm). Only other P99 sponsored film I know of was the last James Bond flick.

    Hmm, I feel a new topic for a thread coming on..
     
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    PMMA97 TagaBundok

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    I thought I saw some Berettas going on full auto Lycan killing mode :)
     
  6. mc_oliver

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    Whatta yu guys tokinabout? I only see Kate in tight leather...;P ;3 ;f
     
  7. Alexii

    Alexii Janeway Forever

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    Horge,

    Where did Amelia come from? I know Markus is the son of Alexander Corvinus and Viktor was saved by Markus from death by turning him (Viktor) into a vampire. Was Amelia's origin explained?
     
  8. nrmcolt

    nrmcolt What?

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    +1

    I just google Zita and all I can say is...Ayyy!!!CARAMBA!!! ;f
     
  9. horge

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    Hi Alexii :)

    The way I preceive it (there was nothing specific in either film),
    Amelia was the closest of Viktor's court/family (Viktor's sister? wife?)
    when they were all 'turned' as part of the bargain with Markus.

    Amelia's 'rank' would thus carry over into primacy among vampires
    (as one of the three elders). Viktor's anguish on learning of her
    death in the first movie may suggest she was family, though their
    several hundred years of coexistence could also produce a bond
    independent on blood affinity.


    Oliver, no one missed it ;)
    Remember my old 'Gun Babes' thread?
    First woman I included, right off the bat.

    Besides, she looks better out of the 'black leather'

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  10. Wp.22

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    hi horge,
    same lang ba ng director ng first underworld na movie. If i remember correctly sya ang husband ni kate in real life.
     
  11. Alexii

    Alexii Janeway Forever

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    Thanks, horge.:)

    I also googled Zita Gorog and the words 'sacred feminine' took on a whole new meaning for me.;) Woman's a goddess!

    Kate Beckinsale, for me, is prettiest in Serendipity. Probably because she smiles often in that film.:)
     
  12. horge

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    Hi Alexii :)
    I'd actually been noticing that Magyar hottie for quite some time.
    Although she's now way past her prime, she's still physically
    impressive, although her personal life is a little too disorderly for
    my liking.. heheh.

    Hi, Wp.22 :)
    Yep, director Len Wiseman is the evildoer who married Kate,
    and to top it off has also ruined Underworld... heheh.
    ;f

    Tidbit:
    Michael Sheen ('Lucian') was Kate Beckinsale's partner up until
    shortly before casting for the first movie began. They have a
    daughter together. Sheen is with someone else now, and both
    couples supposedly get along well.

    Tidbit 2:
    Do you remember the HUGE werewolf in the first movie ('Raze')?
    It was played by Kevin Grevioux, who also co-wrote the first movie.
    With a degree in microbiology (he's working on a master's
    degree in genetic engineeing), he is largely responsible for the
    genetics-based nature of Underworld's mythos.



    horge
     
  13. theTactician

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    boring movie, nakatulog ako sa sinehan sa edward's, but the chick is still hot though..hehehe
     
  14. ShipWreck

    ShipWreck Beretta 92 Nut!

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    Not sure if Walther really paid to have their guns in the movie or not - Someone on the Beretta site stated that their buddy was the head armorer for that movie.

    I think Walther SHOULD have tied in some advertisements w/ the movie, to help sell their gun. Walther really does a crappy job at marketing here in America.
     
  15. Coltman2003

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    To be honest the movie was no masterpiece, but I didn't really care as there is something rather appealing about a woman in skin-tight leather!

    The next time I visit an American shooting range, and hear the sound of someone's holster "squeaking" I shall think of Kate in her leather...

    That woman has lovely buttocks!

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  16. theTactician

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    indeed m' man.:) really gorgeous butt