Underworld: Evolution

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Underworld: Evolution
Underworld2evolution.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Len Wiseman
Produced by
Screenplay by Danny McBride
Story by
  • Len Wiseman
  • Danny McBride
Based on Characters created
by Kevin Grevioux
Len Wiseman
Danny McBride
Starring
Music by Marco Beltrami
Cinematography Simon Duggan
Edited by Nicolas Del Toth
Production
company
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing[1]
Release date
  • January 20, 2006 (2006-01-20)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States[1]
Language English[1]
Budget $45 million[2]
Box office $113.4 million[2]

Underworld: Evolution is a 2006 American action horror film 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.

Plot[edit]

In 1202, an army led by the three vampire elders (Markus, Viktor, and Amelia) arrives at a Lycan-ravaged village. 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, vampire 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 has awakened before Kraven arrives. Markus kills Kraven and his men. Lorenz Macaro, an elderly man, 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.

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 became a vampire, while William was bitten by a wolf and became 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 human form. Due to William's destructiveness, Markus approached Viktor, then a dying mortal warlord, and offered to turn him and his army into immortal 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 turned Selene into a vampire 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. However, he refuses to assist Selene in killing his sons. Then Markus arrives, impales Michael and learns the location of William's prison by drinking Selene's blood. He mortally wounds his father and obtains 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 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 turn 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 kicking him into the rotor blades of the cleaners' crashed helicopter.

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

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

As of May 30, 2012, it has a 16% overall approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 101 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."[3] 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 movie.[4]

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".[5] Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle opened his review "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 the film is "an admirable attempt to test the boundaries of the genre" but that it is confusing and not fun to watch.[6]

Box office[edit]

The film opened 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.[7] As of March 12, 2006, the film grossed a total of $62.3 million in the United States and $111.3 million worldwide.[7]

Music[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Underworld: Evolution – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Underworldevo.jpg
Soundtrack album
Released January 10, 2006
Genre Alternative rock, alternative metal, post-hardcore, industrial, nu metal, metalcore, gothic metal
Length 62:19
Label Lakeshore
Producer Skip Williamson, Brain McNelis & Len Wiseman
chronology
Underworld
(2003)
Underworld: Evolution
(2006)
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Undertaker" (Renholdër Mix) by Puscifer – 3:57
  2. "Morning After" (Julien-K Remix) by Chester Bennington – 4:14
  3. "Where Do I Stab Myself in the Ears" (The Legion of Doom Remix) by Hawthorne Heights – 3:58
  4. "To the End" (RnR Cheryl Mix) by My Chemical Romance – 3:12
  5. "Vermillion, Pt. 2" (Bloodstone Mix) by Slipknot – 3:39
  6. "Burn" (Alleged Remix) by Alkaline Trio – 4:02
  7. "The Last Sunrise" (Dusk Mix) by Aiden – 3:55
  8. "Bite to Break Skin" (The Legion of Doom Remix) by Senses Fail – 4:08
  9. "Her Portrait in Black" by Atreyu – 4:02
  10. "Washing Away Me in the Tides" by Trivium – 3:47
  11. "Eternal Battle" by Mendozza – 4:10
  12. "Our Truth" by Lacuna Coil – 4:04
  13. "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" by Gosling – 5:01
  14. "Why Are You Up" by Bobby Gold – 3:10
  15. "Suicide" by Meat Beat Manifesto – 3:14
  16. "HW2" by Cradle of Filth (Cover of "Halloween II", originally recorded by Samhain) – 3:38

Score[edit]

Underworld: Evolution (Original Score)
Underworld Evolution (Original Score).jpg
Film score by Marco Beltrami
Released February 28, 2006
Length 75:56
Label Lakeshore Records
Producer Skip Williamson, Brain McNelis & Len Wiseman
Underworld film series score album chronology
Underworld
(2003)
Underworld: Evolution
(2006)
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
(2009)
Underworld: Evolution (Original Score)
No. Title Length
1. "The Crawl" 0:52
2. "Ol' Timey Music" 4:58
3. "William Captured" 0:55
4. "Previously..." 2:18
5. "Safehouse 2 Crypt" 4:12
6. "Stay" 0:55
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
12. "Trunkin'" 2:38
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
19. "Patricide" 4:15
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

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.[9]

See also[edit]

References[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 Movie Reviews, Pictures. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
  4. ^ (July 18, 2005). Comic-Con 2005: Underworld: Evolution Panel. IGN. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
  5. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (January 21, 2006). "The Vampires and Werewolves, Still Fighting Tooth and Nail". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Hartlaub, Peter (June 24, 2011). "Vampires and werewolves get mopey in 'Underworld'". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  7. ^ a b Underworld: Evolution (2006). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
  8. ^ "Underworld Evolution (Original Soundtrack)". Allmusic. 
  9. ^ "Underworld 4 New Dawn movie". Teaser Trailer. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 

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