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Underworld: Evolution

Year: 2006
Director: Len Wiseman
Writer: Len Wiseman
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy
The original Underworld had a lot of spirit for a movie that should have been a lot bigger. Director Wiseman wrangled as much action and scares as he could out of the meagre budget they gave him (a third what the script required), and the result was a well paced and engaging movie that rose above it's limitations.

And like the Spiderman franchise, this isn't a lame cash in of the first film with the same story transposed to new characters or settings, it' very much continues the tale, so a word of caution is the watch the original first in case you've forgotten any of the finer points of the plot or characters.

Selene (Beckinsale) and Michael (Speedman) are still on the run after Selene's slaying of her coven's big daddy, Viktor (Nighy). The Lycans and vampires are still at war, and we see, through a protracted opening, the ties that bind them together.

Lots of violent action, enough gore and frights and even a smattering of erotic sex raise it above the banal PG level it could have sat lazily upon, and once again we get something that breaks out of the boundaries of the budget, the clichés of all the genres it dabbles in, and entertains thoroughly.

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