Underworld: Awakening

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Underworld: Awakening
Underworld awakening poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Måns Mårlind
Björn Stein
Produced by Tom Rosenberg
Gary Lucchesi
Len Wiseman
Richard Wright
Screenplay by Len Wiseman
John Hlavin
J. Michael Straczynski
Allison Burnett
Story by Len Wiseman
Based on Characters 
by Danny McBride
Kevin Grevioux
Len Wiseman
Starring Kate Beckinsale
Sandrine Holt
Theo James
Michael Ealy
India Eisley
Music by Paul Haslinger
Cinematography Scott Kevan
Edited by Jeff McEvoy
Production
company
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release dates
  • January 20, 2012 (2012-01-20)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $70 million[1]
Box office $160 million

Underworld: Awakening (also known as Underworld 4) is a 2012 American 3D action horror film directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein. It is the fourth installment in the Underworld film series, with Kate Beckinsale reprising her role as Selene. Sandrine Holt, Michael Ealy, and India Eisley have been cast in roles new to the series. Filming began in March 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia.[2] It was released in Digital 3D, IMAX 3D and 2D theatres on January 20, 2012.

Plot[edit]

Six months after the events of Evolution, the government, as well as the general public, have become aware of the existence of vampires and Lycans. An initial program to study and harness their potential powers and scientific applications soon escalates into an all-out genocide. Shortly after the "Purge" begins, Selene and Michael are captured by humans. Due to her enhanced vampiric traits, she is imprisoned in cryogenic suspension.

After being frozen for 12 years, during which time both species have been hunted to the brink of extinction, Selene manages to escape. She soon learns that another subject has also escaped the same facility, whom she initially believes to be Michael. As she makes her way through the high-tech facility, Selene sees flashes of someone else's point-of-view. Believing that Michael is mentally guiding her, she follows these "visions", which lead her down a garbage chute into a labyrinthine series of basement tunnels, where she encounters a young vampire named David, who has been tracking her. They quickly realize that the tunnels are infested with Lycans, who are hunting the subject Selene is connected with. Determined to reach Michael, Selene fights her way through the Lycan onslaught until she reaches the second escapee; not Michael, but a frightened and confused young girl named Eve.

Using David's van, they start to make their way out of the facility, only to be attacked once again by a trio of Lycans. David manages to shoot one while Selene stabs another; but the third smashes its way into the rear of the vehicle, where it bites Eve's shoulder, which triggers Eve's partial transformation, revealing her hybrid traits as she savagely rips the creature's head in half. Selene realizes that Eve is her and Michael's daughter. Eve is believed to be the key to ending the war by "curing" both the vampiric and Lycanthropic "infections". However, despite her hybrid nature, Selene soon realizes that Eve's bite wound is not healing and she is rapidly growing weaker. David agrees to take the pair to his coven.

The vampires realize that Eve’s weakness is due to her not feeding in a long time. After reluctantly drinking some blood, her wound closes up. Seeing that the coven does not want her there, Selene gets ready to leave. David tries to convince her to stay and help them start an offensive against the humans by training some Death Dealers. Before she makes up her mind, the coven comes under attack by Lycans. Selene joins the fight and kills many of the Lycans. She then finds herself facing a "Super-Lycan" that heals instantly and is not affected by silver. She is knocked out and awakens later to find that Thomas, David's father, surrendered Eve to the Lycans to placate them into leaving. David dies but is resuscitated. Selene confronts a human detective named Sebastian, who is sympathetic to the vampires after learning his wife was one. Sebastian confirms that the Lycans have been traced to Antigen, the corporation dedicated to killing off the immortal species and runs the facility Selene escaped from in the beginning.

Selene discovers that Antigen is actually run by Lycans, who have been posing as humans in order to trick the world's governments into believing the Lycans are extinct. The director of Antigen, Dr. Jacob Lane, is trying to perfect the Lycan race and wants Eve's DNA. The "Super-Lycan" Selene faced earlier is actually Quint - Lane's son and the prototype for the new modifications. Selene and Sebastian infiltrate Antigen to stop Lane's plans and save Eve. Selene comes across Subject 0, realizes it is Michael and attempts to free him by shooting his cryogenic tank. She is forced to leave the thawing Michael in order to stop the Lycans from leaving with Eve. After confronting Lane and his son, Selene and Eve return to Michael's tank and find it empty with the ice shattered. Selene states that the world will be hunting Michael, and the pair promise to find him first.

Cast[edit]

  • Kate Beckinsale as Selene
  • India Eisley as Eve, a hybrid; daughter of Selene and Michael Corvin. The Lycans intend to use her DNA to make themselves immune to silver and to have the vampire's ability to heal.
  • Theo James as David, a vampire; son of Thomas. Killed by a Lycan during an attack in the coven and later revived by Selene.
  • Michael Ealy as Detective Sebastian; he was once married to a vampire. Witnessed his wife burn by sunlight when the government conducted a door-to-door extermination. Helped Selene rescue Eve.
  • Stephen Rea as Dr. Jacob Lane; the head scientist of Antigen. Secretly a Lycan and the father of Quint.
  • Charles Dance as Thomas, a vampire; Father of David
  • Sandrine Holt as Lida
  • Kris Holden-Ried as Quint; the Super Lycan. Son of Dr. Jacob Lane. The first test subject of Antigen. He has the ability to heal and is immune to silver.
  • Robert Lawrenson[3] as Waterfront Cop
  • Ron Wear as Jack Fletcher
  • William Francis as Police Officer
  • Wes Bentley (Uncredited) as Antigen Scientist

Scott Speedman, who appeared as Michael Corvin in the first two films in the series, announced that he would not be reprising his role for the fourth installment.[4] He did appear in archived footages from the first and second film and a stand-in's portrayal in a distance and later an unconscious state.

Production[edit]

"It’s like putting your wedding dress on, or putting your school uniform on, it’s like a time-warp feeling."

—Kate Beckinsale, about her return as Selene.[5]

Filming began in March 2011 at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Underworld: Awakening is one of the first movies to be shot using RED EPIC digital cameras in 3D.[5]

Music[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Underworld: Awakening (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Various
Released January 17, 2012 (Digital)
January 31, 2012
Genre Rock
Label Lakeshore
Underworld film series soundtrack chronology
Underworld Rise of the Lycans
(2009)
Underworld: Awakening
(2012)

The soundtrack was released to digital outlets on January 17, 2012 by Lakeshore Records, most of the songs are remixed by Danny Lohner, in the soundtrack are the bands: Evanescence, Linkin Park, The Cure, Lacuna Coil, Aesthetic Perfection and more.

  1. "Made of Stone" (Renholdër Remix) - Evanescence
  2. "Heavy Prey" - Lacey Sturm of Flyleaf feat. Geno Lenardo
  3. "Blackout" (Renholdër Remix) - Linkin Park
  4. "Apart" (Renholdër Remix) - The Cure
  5. "Killer & a Queen" - Stella Katsoudas of Sister Soleil feat. Geno Lenardo
  6. "Watch Yourself" (Renholdër Remix) - Ministry
  7. "Trip the Darkness" (Ben Weinman Remix) - Lacuna Coil
  8. "Young Blood" (Renholdër Remix) - The Naked and Famous
  9. "It Rapes All In Its Path" - Black Light Burns
  10. "The Posthumous Letter" - William Control
  11. "How’m I Supposed to Die" - Civil Twilight
  12. "Consolation Prize" - & SONS
  13. "Liar" (Revenant mix by 8MM) – 8MM
  14. "You Won't See The Light" - Ryan T.Hope of The Lifeline feat. Geno Lenardo
  15. "Bottle of Pain" - Combichrist
  16. "Intruder" – Collide
  17. "Exit Wounds" (Justin Lassen Remix) - Justin Lassen feat. Silent Fury

Score[edit]

Underworld: Awakening (Original Motion Picture Score)
Film score by Paul Haslinger
Released January 31, 2012
Label Lakeshore
Underworld film series score album chronology
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
(2009)
Underworld: Awakening (score)
(2012)
Underworld: Awakening (Original Motion Picture Score)
No. Title Length
1. "The Purge"    
2. "Underworld Awakening Main Titles"    
3. "Raiding the Army Surplus Store"    
4. "Non-Human Aggressor"    
5. "I Was Subject 2"    
6. "Arriving at the Coven"    
7. "I’ve Never Seen a Child Like This"    
8. "This Is Not One of Us"    
9. "I Know Exactly What You Are"    
10. "If You Knew Him As I Did"    
11. "Prepare the Armory"    
12. "The Uber-Lycan"    
13. "Reanimation"    
14. "Then Came the Purge"    
15. "Selene Returns to Antigen"    
16. "Find Her and Destroy Her"    
17. "The Lycan Van Escape"    
18. "I Heal Instantly"    
19. "You Came Back"    
20. "Reclaiming the World"    
21. "The Melancholy of Resistance"    
22. "A New Dawn"    
23. "Corner (Justin Lassen Remix) - Blue Stahli"    
24. "Under Your Skin (Deadbeat Remix) - Aesthetic Perfection"    
25. "Sunrise - Angelspit"    

Critical Reception[edit]

The film received generally negative reviews from film critics. As of January 21, review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 27% based on 52 reviews.[6] Metacritic has given the film a score of 39 out of 100, based in 17 critics.[7]

Movie review website The Filtered Lens gave the film a negative review citing that "if you try and pay attention to the plot you will get a headache". However, they did note that the action was well done and said it was the goriest of the series.[8] Film critic Chris Pandolfi viewed the film positively, especially compared to the first two in the franchise, saying "although it’s about as lasting as dust in the wind, I think it represents what the series should have been right from the start: An escapist supernatural action thriller that gives us license to put our brains on autopilot." [9]

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