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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Even during mythological blood feuds between super-powerful, violent species, there is a code of ethics to be followed and it’s hopeful that good will triumph over evil.
Positive Role Models
A female warrior is the conscience of the film and proves to be wiser, stronger, and more courageous than her peers.
Violence & Scariness
Constant graphic and close-up bloodletting and killing by multiple weapons and acts: gunfire (including automatic weapons), swords, bared teeth and fangs, hanging, stabbing, explosions, crashes, and animal attacks. Characters transition from nearly human form into grotesque animal creatures many times. Bloody wounds, gashes, beheadings, severed body parts are shown countless times. One character experiences violent nightmares, which contain disturbing images of women in jeopardy, shadowy monsters, and gruesome killings.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is an underlying sexual tension between the males and females of the species, but no overt sexual behavior other than the traditional blood-sucking that vampires utilize.
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Language is rare, but strong, including "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and "Jesus Christ" as an exclamation.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters smoke cigarettes. Vampires at home in an elegant parlor are shown drinking red liquid during several scenes. It’s unclear whether it is wine or blood.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Underworld is a dark, violent horror movie about battles to the death between vampires and werewolves. Non-stop action results in one grisly scene after another. The film contains countless bloody killings, decapitations, impalements, up-close vampire fang attacks, gun battles, point-blank shootings, and numerous gory transitions from human form into monstrous animal creatures. A few strong words are sprinkled throughout ("bitch," multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "Jesus Christ"). Some characters smoke cigarettes, and it's unclear whether vampires shown in a social setting multiple times are drinking red wine or blood. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If this movie doesn't quite rise to the category of silly fun, it is a tolerable comic book-style time-waster with some stylistic flair and some energetic action sequences. Imagine West Side Story with vampires and lycans (wolfmen) instead of Sharks and Jets and guns, blades, and teeth-piercing necks instead of musical numbers, then dress them all in Matrix-inspired goth-bondage attire and you'll have Underworld, a pulpy, punk-ish story filled with runes and ruins. This is the kind of movie where characters with names like Craven say things like "But what about the Covenant?" and the exposition explanation begins in the 5th century, dust is blown from the cover of weighty medieval tomes, and huge heavy chains hang down for no particular reason.
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