Underworld: Blood Wars

Out Now On-Demand

Protect the bloodline.

Kate Beckinsdale and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) return to their roles for the fifth installment in the vampire horror-action Underworld franchise.

With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Dance), Vampire death dealer Selene (Beckinsale) must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

 Although this is the fifth Underworld film, it's Kate Beckinsale's fourth time playing leather-clad vampire death dealer Selene, as she skipped the third one, which was shot in New Zealand.

Her presence here highlights how she is the best thing about the franchise, even though it forces her to wear a perpetually sullen face. Considering her amazing performance earlier this year in Love & Friendship, on some level it's almost disappointing that Beckinsale has to make these kinds of movies to stay relevant, as they don't really tap into much of her talent at all.

That said, she remains a convincing and entertaining ass-kicker. The action scenes are nothing to write home about, but one major set-piece offers up an aesthetic point of difference by taking place in a snowy hideaway high up a mountain.

The increasingly convoluted mythology here is difficult to take seriously, but a bunch of overqualified supporting actors helped sell the frivolity:

Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones, Outlander) is good as the main antagonist, and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) classes up the joint whenever he opens his mouth. Lara Pulver (Sherlock) appears to be relishing her campy dialogue, and is nice lady foil for Beckinsale.

Theo James (Divergent), on the other hand, is bland as all heck playing Beckinsale's broody partner-in-ass-kicking.

It's perfunctory, competent, but lacking in dazzle or flair. For franchise completists only. 

FilmInk (Australia)

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...you'd be better off staying home and doing literally anything else.

Herald Sun (Australia)

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As for the plot this time around, it's mainly over-explanatory filler to put some space between one gizzard-ripping fight scene and the next.

The Age (Australia)

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Underworld: Blood Wars, the fifth instalment, has little to recommend it on any level.

Sydney Morning Herald

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...has little to recommend it on any level.

Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)

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...a pretty lousy film. But, it's good-natured, doesn't take itself seriously for a minute, over in an hour-and-a-half and probably providing a fair bit of work for film crew from all eastern Europe.

NZ Herald (Russell Baillie)

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...[a] dull heap of action-fantasy mediocrity.

My Fav

Always get excited when another Underworld comes out... this one was better than the last one actually more of a storyline with this one but Brilliant in my eyes.


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Basically the same as all the other Underworld movies