The return of Kate Beckinsale would seem to be a cause for celebration, if an "Underworld" sequel could ever inspire celebration, but "Awakening" suffers from the same problem that's always sank this series: it's far too self-serious for its own good, with none of the charm that made the first two "Blade" movies so fun. Thankfully, the filmmakers at least know their audience and keep the monster viscera flowing.
Despite how good lookin' Beckinsale still is, this is quite the tedious followup to a franchise that originally showed promise. Good effects, exciting enough action scenes, but lacks enthusiasm across the board.
There's a great amount of irony to be found in this films subtitle. I kept myself entertained, and from falling asleep, by counting the number of shots that featured a character landing on their feet after jumping from a ledge high above. There were about 7, I think.
more action & splatter like Blade & Resident Evil, but less msytical & dark than i know it from the other Underworld movies - i really have missed it. but it was a good entertainment & i really hope, if they make a fifth part... they make a final part & great ending. i'm sooo sick of continuations !!!