Occult Themes Plus Formulaic Sequel Equal Waste of Time
Release Date: January 20, 2006
Starring: Kate Beckinsale and Scott
Genre: Fantasy Action Thriller
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 105 Minutes
Distributor: Screen Gems/Sony Pictures
Director: Len Wiseman
Executive Producer: David Coatsworth, Danny
McBride, James McQuade, and
Producer: Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg
and Richard Wright
Writer: Len Wiseman, Danny McBride and
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The story is simple. Centuries ago, two brothers were transformed. One brother, Marcus, was bitten by a bat and transformed into the world’s first vampire; the other, William, was bitten by a wolf and transformed into the world’s first werewolf. Since the werewolves were unruly and untamed, the vampires hunted down William and put him in an eternal incarceration.
Flash forward to present day: Marcus has returned to find his brother and unleash him from the prison. He will do whatever it takes and kill whoever he must to find the location of his brother’s cell. Only one person knows where William is: Selene. The hunt is on for Selene and her blood which hides the secrets of her soul. Can Selene stop Marcus from releasing William and unleashing a terror on mankind?
As with all sequels, the formula is always more. Now, most of the time, “more” can actually mean “less” when it comes to story. UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION actually has a thicker storyline than its predecessor. However, this movie’s “more” includes more blood, more violence, more gore and more sexuality.
The nudity was gratuitous, and the depicted fornication was unnecessary. The violence and gore was graphic and bloody. The movie also contained sometimes terrifying imagery of mortal characters transforming into their immortal counterparts.
The movie contained a lot of occult, anti-biblical, anti-Christian themes. The occult theme obviously is that vampires and werewolves crave blood and immortality as well as being shape-shifters who turn into other animals unnaturally. It is difficult to cheer and root for the heroine when the heroine is an occult affront to God and nature.
Vampirism has always been an intriguing theme in contemporary culture. Perhaps it is the idea that a blood covenant can cause immortality. It is, however, an illegitimate source of life: a counterfeit salvation. Discerning Christians should keep in mind that it is not the sucking of blood that is the source of immortality; it is instead the shed blood of Jesus Christ that grants access to eternity.
With the excessive violence, gore, sexuality and some language as well as the occult themes, UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION is not a movie for anyone who is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ.
With most sequels, the formula is always “more.” Most of the time these days, “more” actually means “less” when it comes to story. This sequel to the first UNDERWORLD actually has a thicker storyline than its predecessor, but EVOLUTION “more” includes more blood, more violence, more gore, and more sexuality and nudity. Add to that the strong occult and anti-biblical themes dealing with vampires and werewolves, this is not a movie for children, teenagers, or even discerning adults, or Christians. The occult theme obviously is that vampires and werewolves crave blood and immortality as well as being shape-shifters who turn into other animals. It is difficult to cheer and root for the heroine when the heroine is an occult affront to God and nature.