Underworld: Evolution

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Underworld: Evolution
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLen Wiseman
Screenplay byDanny McBride
Story by
  • Len Wiseman
  • Danny McBride
Based onCharacters created
by Kevin Grevioux
Len Wiseman
Danny McBride
Produced by
CinematographySimon Duggan
Edited byNicolas Del Toth
Music byMarco Beltrami
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing[1]
Release date
  • January 20, 2006 (2006-01-20)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States[1]
Budget$45 million[2]
Box office$113.4 million[2]

Underworld: Evolution is a 2006 American action horror film[3] directed by Len Wiseman. The film is a sequel to the 2003 film, Underworld and the second installment in the Underworld franchise. In the film, Selene and Michael fight to protect the future of the Corvinus bloodline from its hidden past. Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman reprise their roles of Selene and Michael.


In 1202, an army led by the three vampire elders (Markus, Viktor, and Amelia) arrives at a village full of Werewolves. Viktor and Amelia capture their target, Markus's twin brother, William Corvinus, the first and most powerful werewolf. Despite Markus's defiance, Viktor orders that William be imprisoned in a secret location forever.

In the present day, vampiress Selene takes Michael to a safe house so that she can confront the vampire regent Kraven; she knows that Kraven intends to kill Markus and plans to stop him. However, Markus awakens before Kraven arrives and kills him and his men. Alexander Corvinus, A.K.A Lorenz Macaro, an elderly man who is really an immortal and forefather to both the vampire and Lycan races, sends in a team of "cleaners" to investigate the aftermath from the battle in the Lycans' lair. When Macaro examines Viktor's corpse he finds a metal disc inside which is the match to a pendant originally worn by Sonja. The other half of the pendant is now possessed by Michael after the death of Lucian.

Using the knowledge of computers obtained from Kraven's blood, Markus tracks Selene and Michael down and attacks them, but they evade him and hide in a warehouse. There, Selene and Michael share their feelings and have passionate sex. Now knowing that the pendant is important to Markus, Michael and Selene set out to discover why Markus wants it. Selene recalls that she saw it as a child, but does not know its significance. They travel to the hideout of the exiled vampire historian Andreas Tanis.

Tanis reveals that Markus was the first vampire, one of the three sons of Alexander Corvinus, the first immortal. Markus was bitten by a bat and metamorphosed into a vampire, while William was bitten by a wolf and metamorphosed into a werewolf. The third son remained human and gave rise to a line of mortal descendants including Michael, who became the first Lycan-Vampire hybrid. The first werewolves created by William were entirely animal and unable to return to their human forms. Due to William's destructiveness, Markus approached Viktor, then a dying mortal warlord, and offered to metamorphose him and his army into vampires in exchange for tracking down and stopping William, and in destroying those he had infected. Viktor did not kill the brothers because he was led by Markus to believe that doing so would result in the immediate extinction of all other vampires and his Lycan slaves. Tanis further reveals that Selene's father was the architect who built William's prison and that the pendant is the key. Viktor killed Selene's family because they knew the prison's location, but metamorphosed Selene into a vampiress with the location of the prison encoded in her blood. Tanis then refers Selene and Michael to Macaro for help. After Selene and Michael leave, Markus arrives and drinks Tanis' blood to learn Selene and Michael's location, killing Tanis.

Visiting Macaro, Selene and Michael discover he actually is Alexander Corvinus. Alexander reveals that he has devoted his entire immortal life to keeping the Vampire-Lycan war a secret and refuses to assist Selene in killing his sons. Markus arrives, fights Michael and impales him. He learns the location of William's prison by drinking Selene's blood before mortally wounding his father and obtaining the other half of the pendant. He mocks his father's refusal to help William, revealing that he intends, with William, to rule the world as the god-like master of a race of vampire-Lycan hybrids. On Alexander's bidding, Selene drinks his blood, enhancing her physical strength and healing abilities to a level equivalent to that of a hybrid. Afterwards, Alexander blows up his ship, killing himself.

Selene, aboard Alexander's helicopter, leads his cleaners to the prison to confront and destroy Markus, but he has already freed William. In the ensuing battle, William bites the cleaners who thus metamorphose into werewolves. Michael, presumed dead and carried aboard the helicopter, awakens and joins the fight in his hybrid form, killing William by ripping his head off. Selene engages Markus in hand-to-hand combat, killing him by pushing him into the rotor blades of the cleaners' crashed helicopter.

After the battle, Selene realizes that Alexander's blood granted her hybrid abilities, including being immune to the effects of sunlight, which is lethal to vampires.



Critical response[edit]

As of August 31, 2021, Underworld: Evolution has a 17% overall approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 104 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "A visual and aural assault on the senses, this vampire-werewolf sequel makes a lot of noise and features a heavy-handed, overly convoluted story."[4] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[5] A few scenes of the film were shown in a panel at Comic-Con in San Diego, in July 2005; however, these scenes did not contain any plot spoilers of the new script, with attendees only being informed about the new hybrids by production designer Patrick Tatopoulos. The previewing was well-received as hundreds of fans waited hours to see a clip of the film as well as Kate Beckinsale and the other stars of the film.[6]

Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times criticized the film's "steel-blue filter" and described it as "a monotonous barrage of computer-generated fur and fangs".[7] Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle began his review by saying, "you can tell that Underworld: Evolution is trying to be an artistic action-horror film, because every scene is bathed in the color blue", going on to say that the film is "an admirable attempt to test the boundaries of the genre" but that it's confusing and not fun to watch.[8]

Box office[edit]

The film opened at #1 on 3,207 screens with a weekend box office (January 20–22, 2006) of $26.9 million or an average of $8,388 per theater.[9] As of March 12, 2006, the film grossed a total of $62.3 million in the United States and $111.3 million worldwide.[9]



Underworld: Evolution – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album
ReleasedJanuary 10, 2006
GenreAlternative rock, alternative metal, post-hardcore, industrial, nu metal, metalcore, gothic metal
ProducerSkip Williamson, Brain McNelis & Len Wiseman
Underworld: Evolution – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic1.5/5 stars[10]

Track listing[edit]

1."The Undertaker" (Renholdër Mix)Puscifer3:57
2."Morning After" (Julien-K Remix)Chester Bennington4:14
3."Where Can I Stab Myself in the Ears?" (The Legion of Doom Remix)Hawthorne Heights3:58
4."To the End" (RnR Cheryl Mix)My Chemical Romance3:12
5."Vermillion, Pt. 2" (Bloodstone Mix)Slipknot3:39
6."Burn" (Alleged Remix)Alkaline Trio4:02
7."The Last Sunrise" (Dusk Mix)Aiden3:55
8."Bite to Break Skin" (The Legion of Doom Remix)Senses Fail4:08
9."Her Portrait in Black"Atreyu4:02
10."Washing Away Me in the Tides"Trivium3:47
11."Eternal Battle"Mendozza4:10
12."Our Truth"Lacuna Coil4:04
13."Cat People (Putting Out Fire)"Gosling5:01
14."Why Are You Up"Bobby Gold3:10
15."Suicide"Meat Beat Manifesto3:14
16."HW2" (Cover of "Halloween II", originally recorded by Samhain)Cradle of Filth3:38


Underworld: Evolution (Original Score)
Underworld Evolution (Original Score).jpg
Film score by
ReleasedFebruary 28, 2006
LabelLakeshore Records
ProducerSkip Williamson, Brain McNelis & Len Wiseman
Underworld film series score album chronology
Underworld: Evolution (Original Score)
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Underworld: Evolution (Original Score)
1."The Crawl"0:52
2."Ol' Timey Music"4:58
3."William Captured"0:55
5."Safehouse 2 Crypt"4:12
7."Corvin's Cruisin' Crypt"3:11
8."Morgue Medallion"2:43
9."Mike to Tavern"1:30
10."Mikey Doesn't Like It"3:13
11."Cue de Cilantro"2:15
13."Marcus Trumped"0:30
14."Marcus Hits Snooze"0:50
15."Beware of Dog"3:53
16."Shot Glass"1:53
17."Family Values"4:29
18."Marcus Taps Tannis"2:08
20."Alexander Can Help"1:02
21."He Is My Sonshine"1:31
22."Heli - Ride"3:36
23."William's Castle"2:54
24."Selene, Willie & Marcus"3:36
25."Trying to Kill Will"0:59
26."Kill Will 2"2:10
27."Marcus Trumped Again"1:33
28."The Future"2:34
29."Something I Can Never Have" (performed by Flyleaf; cover of the original record of Nine Inch Nails)4:57
30."EracTou" (performed by Cevin Key & Ken Marshall)3:19
Total length:75:56

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD on June 6, 2006,[11] and later on Blu-ray a couple weeks before.[12]

Prequel and sequel[edit]

The background history that led to the current Vampire-Lycan War (depicted in the first and second films) continues in the third film of the series, the prequel Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.

A fourth film, sequel to Underworld: Evolution, was released on January 20, 2012, called Underworld: Awakening.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Underworld Evolution". American Film Institute. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  2. ^ a b "Underworld: Evolution". The Numbers. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  3. ^ "Underworld: Evolution (2006) - Len Wiseman | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie.
  4. ^ Underworld: Evolution Movie Reviews, Pictures. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2021-8-31.
  5. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com.
  6. ^ (July 18, 2005). Comic-Con 2005: Underworld: Evolution Panel. IGN. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
  7. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (January 21, 2006). "The Vampires and Werewolves, Still Fighting Tooth and Nail". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Hartlaub, Peter (June 24, 2011). "Vampires and werewolves get mopey in 'Underworld'". The San Francisco Chronicle.
  9. ^ a b Underworld: Evolution (2006). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
  10. ^ "Underworld Evolution (Original Soundtrack)". Allmusic.
  11. ^ Arnold, Thomas (May 3, 2006). "Blu-ray Titles Pushed Back to June". hive4media.com. Archived from the original on May 17, 2006. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  12. ^ https://highdefdiscnews.com/2018/05/19/underworld-evolution-blu-ray-review/&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwiWrdLI7ZnwAhXjaRUIHZtQDYIQFjABegQICBAB&usg=AOvVaw2Q4MU67gSlP8JYXx5ZuLxJ
  13. ^ "Underworld 4 New Dawn movie". Teaser Trailer. Retrieved 2011-03-26.

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