Underworld: Evolution

 
Hyper-violent and absolutely not for kids.
  • Review Date: June 5, 2006
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 105 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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 includes naked bodies in profile, closeups of impassioned, beautifully lit faces.

Language

Several uses of s-word; two f-words (one in subtitle).

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film 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 softlit 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-word, and f-word, one rendered in subtitle).

What's the story?

In this sequel, 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?

QUALITY
 

Stylized and extraordinarily violent, UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION 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. Why is not quite clear.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the film'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? And how does the franchise simultaneously depend on fight imagery: blood, body parts, stomach-churning violence?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 20, 2006
DVD release date:June 6, 2006
Cast:Bill Nighy, Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman
Director:Len Wiseman
Studio:Screen Gems
Genre:Horror
Run time:105 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:pervasive strong violence and gore, some sexuality/nudity and language.

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Adult Written bytwo April 9, 2008
Written byAnonymous March 24, 2015
age 15+
 

Awful punky sequel is even more intense then the first

My rating:R for violence and sexuality
Teen, 15 years old Written byNo Name, for real. April 25, 2013
age 18+
 

Absolutely not for kids.

Very gory, vampires and werewolves are killed, ingruesome fasion, one has his head is cut in half with a vampires large wings, with blood spraying every direction.
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Too much swearing

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