If I were the apologetic type, I suspect this would be a guilty pleasure. But I am not. Mindless fantasy films like this are a wonderful way to relax for a spell. Despite the horrid dialogue and questionable supporting cast, there's a beautiful Beckinsale to smoothe it over. Great special effects for the era, some great action scenes, and an exceptionally creepy king vamp played by Nighy. Too long, though.
Vampires and werewolves in a war that goes through ages, in matrix aesthetics cinematography. Good balance between doses of fighting and narrative, not succumbing to the formula that makes the last 2 thirds of action movies just a sprint to the end. Good fun. Have no idea where it started, this vampire against werewolf thing, but now it's a classic that even True Blood uses, and this adds to it, with style.
Esta primera parte de la serie no se destaca precisamente por su originalidad (se reconocen facilmente elementos de cintas como Matrix, Depredador, etc.); no obstante, con el paso del tiempo, y a pesar de su baratura, la franquicia ha ido adquiriendo poco a poco personalidad propia. Ademas, resulta mil veces preferible ver a Kate Beckinsale en su traje de vinyl negro echando bala, que las mamadas de Sthepanie Meyer.
To be honest, this first installment in the Underworld series failed to truly impress me. I found the story un-enthrallingly empty and despondent in the sense that any legible one could be dredged up from the Swiss cheese plot. While I do like Kate Beckinsale, I felt her performance was a stale rip-off of Milla Jovovich in the Resident Evil films (which, by the way, are far better and more interesting). Meh.
An acquired taste! Better on repeat viewings, the plot works better than it's performance as an action movie; aside from a couple of partially-crappy action sequences, this movie is just about perfect!