UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS
More Lusting After Eternal Life on Earth
Release Date: January 06, 2017
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James,
Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver,
Charles Dance, James Faulkner,
Peter Andersson, Clementine
Nicholson, Bradley James,
Daisy Head, Oliver Stark
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 92 minutes
Distributor: Screen Gems/Sony Pictures
Director: Anna Foerster
Executive Producer: Anna Foerster, James McQuaide,
Producer: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi,
Len Wiseman, Richard Wright,
Writer: Cory Goodman
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The vampire warrior Selene continues her battle against the werewolves. Her daughter is hiding from the world, because her blood is considered pure enough for the werewolves to want her gone.
So, Selene sets off to end the war between vampires and werewolves, which can only be done using pureblood. While searching for her daughter, she gets into a run-in with some werewolves sent to stop her and her daughter.
Selene goes to the vampire council, pleading for their help. She begins a training session for the other vampires in how to kill the werewolves, but this only leads to a greater opportunity for the enemy to locate her and the rest of the council. Meanwhile, her partner, David, is in a period of self-denial in terms of his father’s recent fate against the werewolves and must find out what his parents wanted from him.
As for the vampire council, its leader is committed to finding her own means of stopping the war. She wants to do this through Selene’s blood, which she knows will offer the right immortality guaranteed to make the rest of the council unstoppable.
UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS doesn’t do much of anything to boost the franchise in terms of quality. The acting is more awkward than ever before, and the story is as nonsensical as it is incoherent. The battle sequences, though thrilling enough, are still far too graphic for anyone under the age of 15, making the movie’s R-rating well deserved. BLOOD WARS also continues to promote a false, pagan worldview that makes the idea of immortality on Earth a healthy fantasy worth making sacrifices, worth seeking and worth achieving.
There are also plenty of edgy moments depicted in a glorious light, including a super brief sex scene and a kiss between two women. It is clear through the choice of wardrobe on many of the women that they were cast purely for the sake of looking good, rather than for their actual acting ability.
That is exactly why the poor acting and blank line deliveries makes UNDERWORLD much more dangerous for impressionable viewers. It means they will joyfully take in the media while mentally seeing themselves in the characters’ places, because the absence of on-screen personality allows room for viewers to fantasize about their own personalities filling in the blanks of the action on the screen. Not to mention the fact that nobody in the cast looks unattractive (even after a long sword and bullet fight), thus promoting an unhealthy desire to look as gorgeous as the stars in Hollywood.
There are a couple moral, redemptive themes, such as commitment to family values and legacy, knowing what’s worth the fight, and some Christological metaphors having to do with blood. However, these themes are undermined by the desire to make the most out of life on earth, even if it means living forever until you are satisfied.
People need to understand that this flesh-and-blood life is not all there is. A whole eternity of everlasting joy awaits us in Heaven with our Lord and Savior, an invitation that waits for us once we accept the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ to defeat our sins. No amount of human blood can be shed and drunk to make you physically live forever. Only the pure, spotless blood of Jesus can make that happen.
Because of the movie’s extreme violence, strong foul language, some sexual immorality, a mention of evolution, and Romantic, pagan view of what it means to leave a historical legacy, MOVIEGUIDE® finds that UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS is excessively immoral and unacceptable.
Not much is done to boost the UNDERWORLD franchise’s storytelling quality. BLOOD WARS puts more emphasis on its intense, R-rated action scenes than trying to make its story and acting more convincing. Although the movie has a few moral, redemptive themes, it depicts too many negative elements in a positive light, such as sexualizing women and drinking blood to live forever on Earth. UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS also has plenty of foul language, extreme bloody violence, some sexual immorality, a reference to evolution, and a strong pagan worldview. MOVIEGUIDE® finds BLOOD WARS to be excessively immoral and unacceptable.