Underworld: Evolution

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Hyper-violent and absolutely not for kids.
  • R
  • 2006
  • 105 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Vampires and werewolves hate and destroy each other; one power-mad, hugely strong and winged vampire wants to run the world.

Positive Role Models & Representations

A female warrior is the conscience of the film and proves to be wiser, stronger, and more courageous than her peers.

Violence

Repeated fight and battle scenes; injuries include bites, decapitation, dismemberment, disembowelment, chests ripped open, bodies thrown against walls/trees, bodies pierced, shredded, and shot; weapons include crossbows, spears, axes, automatic guns, hands with claws for fingernails, and vehicles.

Sex

Sex scene that shows naked bodies in profile.

Language

Several uses of "s--t", "f--k" (once in subtitles).

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Brief drinking in tavern; one vampire drinks blood in a wine glass; some smoking by supporting characters.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Underworld: Evolution features incessant, stylized, and graphic violence. Modes of death and injury include decapitation, disembowelment, dismemberment, piercing, crossbowing, impaling, chopping, and shooting, as well as slamming with trucks and jeeps, massive fiery explosions, biting and ripping with fangs, digging into chest cavities, and penetrating limbs, torsos, and heads with spearlike wingtips. Motivations include vengeance and power-madness. Selene uses a truck to slam a vampire into a mountainside repeatedly, a chopper with whirring blades serves to splatter a villain excessively. A sex scene features slow motion naked bodies in softly lit profile. Some drinking in a tavern, some blood-drinking in a wineglass, smoking in the background of a couple of scenes; one scene features explicit vomiting. Characters curse occasionally ("hell," s"s--t", and "f--k", one rendered in subtitle).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytwo April 9, 2008
Adult Written byZandra W. May 4, 2017

Apparently a violent movie?!

Possibly would have been a good movie, it sounded inter sting, only the screen are so dark it was impossible to see what was going on. Fight scenes sounded awe... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 26, 2012

Gorest movie I have ever seen

I was watching it on FX this morning there was to much blood and gore and the worst part was when victor gets is head cut of by that demon vampire with wings th... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byShoveledSnow April 9, 2008

Good, but not as good as the first...

I loved this movie, mainly because I'm a fan of vampires and horror fiction, but it still wasn't as good as the first. The graphics and CG are better,... Continue reading

What's the story?

In UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION, Death Dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is still trussed up in black latex and still icy-eyed mad at her lot in life. With her vampire/werewolf hybrid boyfriend Michael (Scott Speedman), she seeks information and weapons to use against the vampires who are bound to come after them, since she killed head vampire in charge Viktor (Bill Nighy) at the end of the first film. Currently in charge of evilness is Alexander Corvinus (Derek Jacobi), who directs his S.W.A.T.-style team from aboard a hyper-teched-out ship. Corvinus is looking for Selene and a key and his sons, William the werewolf (Brian Steele) and Marcus the vampire (Tony Curran). The brothers were bitten by different creatures and so became the first of each race, instantly deemed enemies forever. William's imprisonment "for all time" upsets Marcus, who vows to save him when he is himself released from a tomb. To achieve this end, Marcus needs Selene, who has a "blood memory" of the location of the brother's sarcophagus. The film is primarily comprised of fight scenes, almost all initiated by Marcus, who flies around with gnarly bat-wings and spikes his victims against walls.

Is it any good?

Stylized and extraordinarily violent, this sequel repeats the formula of the first film. Nothing that happens this time will surprise anyone, except, perhaps, the fact that Derek Jacobi has agreed to play the oldest immortal ever. Selene and Michael again try to sort out their identities, and Marcus tries to reunite with wolfy William in order to run the world.

More interesting and never quite examined is the notion of "infectious" race. The vampires see the werewolves as odious for just this reason -- anyone they bite becomes a werewolf. And yet, the vampires are in the same sort of boat. Their similarity is vaguely instructive, races generally being cultural and political concoctions, their myths and backstories functions of power-grabbing and territorial squabbling. But their infectiousness provides the possibility for provocation and perception: race here is not inherent or stable or a means of fixed identity. It is mutable and mutating. All the generic, frankly tiresome bloody war stuff in Underworld: Evolution doesn't quite obliterate this insight.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Underworld: Evolution's representation of race differences. If the vampires and lycans are descended from the same father, as revealed in this film's mythology, their centuries-long battle seems especially tragic and futile. How might the hybrid characters -- both the werewolf/vampire mix Michael and the new breed Selene becomes -- hold a hope for a future not premised on race-warring? 

  • How necessary is the movie's violenceDoes exposure to violent media desensitize kids to violence?

Movie details

For kids who love vampires

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