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At Theaters: 9/19/2003 On Video: 1/6/2004
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 5 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 399993
Studio: Sony Pictures Inc.
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Vampires as a secretive clan of modern, aristocratic sophisticates whose mortal enemies are the Lycans (werewolves), a shrewd gang of street thugs who prowl the city's underbelly. The balance of power is upset when a beautiful young Vampire and a nascent Lycan - deadly rivals for centuries - fall in love.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Thriller - This is a dark and violent drama, which is expected in a vampire movie. There are some excellent action scenes, but there are also many very slow scenes.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Kate Beckinsale SERENDIPITY, PEARL HARBOR, BROKEDOWN PALACE
Scott Speedman DARK BLUE, DUETS
Michael Sheen FOUR FEATHERS
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Production Notes Heading
Introduction
About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 3 F-words, 2 S-words. Just a couple of others.
SEX/NUDITY: A man's butt is barely seen in the shadows. Non-sexual scene.
VIOLENCE: Lots of gun battles and killing. Nothing especially graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: The only action is the many gun battles.
COMEDY: None
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Above Average "Had Underworld been shorter, it would have been more fun. As it is, there are dead stretches in the middle where it seems to be spinning its wheels. The big battle at the end is fun, although I felt cheated by the final scene, which promises a sequel. Fans of Blade and other gloomy, bloodthirsty action movies will probably be entertained. Underworld captured my attention sporadically, but not consistently.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Average "This is a movie so paltry in its characters and shallow in its story that the war seems to exist primarily to provide graphic visuals.  It's so impossible to care about the characters in the movie that I didn't care if the vampires or werewolves won. I might not have cared in a better movie, either, but I might have been willing to pretend.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "But handsome though the film is — the Budapest locations are particularly atmospheric — the story is strangled by speeches about bloodlines, customs, alliances, feuds, battles and ceremonies: It's like The Mahabharata for monster-movie geeks, without the authentic epic power.''

Newsday  Full Review
Above Average "Like immortality, it never ends: Vampires-vs.-werewolves epic is also so overdone it's almost a good time. Less, however, would have been more. It's also so over-the-top, it's fun. Well, close anyway. At 90 minutes, Underworld would have been a cobalt-blue-hued, faux- mythic vampires-and-werewolves tale with nonstop action. At a tad over two hours, it's a cobalt- blue-hued, faux-mythic vampires- and-werewolves tale with nonstop action that you wish would stop. For God's sake."

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 158 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
26
Very High
96%
13-19Teens (F)
11
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
37
Very High
95%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
24
Very High
92%
30+Adults (M)
35
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
25
Fairly High
96%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

It appears many fans of this type of movie were more forgiving than my prediction predicted. These opinions are actually quite good, especially for this type of movie. (Horror movies usually receive very mixed moviegoer opinions.) Only a small percentage didn't care for it. It's easy to see that the opinions get lower as the audience ages, but gender didn't seem to make much difference. Guys enjoyed it a little more, but not all that much more.

I would say, if this looks like your type of movie go see it on the big screen. The visuals are outstanding. Chances are quite good that you will find Underworld enjoyable.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
I sent my daughter to this movie screening since she's a big fan of this type of movie. I figured she could provide a much more accurate prediction than I could.

She didn't care much for it. She said it was often too slow and not very involving. It has lots of great action and the sets are incredibly realistic, but the story just doesn't entertain.

If you're a big fan of this type of movie and have got to see it then you should probably do yourself a favor and save a few bucks by seeing it at a matinee. It will be easier to feel you've gotten your money's worth. (I WAS WRONG - SEE MOVIEGOER OPINIONS ABOVE)


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
For centuries, two races have evolved hidden deeply within human culture - the aristocratic, sophisticated Vampires, and the brutal, feral Lycans (werewolves). To humanity, their existence is no more than a whisper of a myth. But to each other, they are the lifelong mortal rivals, sworn to wage a secret war until only one race is left standing.

In the midst of this ongoing struggle, a Vampire warrior, Selene (Kate Beckinsale), discovers a Lycan plot to kidnap a young human doctor. After shadowing Michael (Scott Speedman) through the city, she forms an unprecedented bond with him, and when the Lycans make their next move, Selene is there to try to fend off their vicious assault.

As she races to save Michael and unravel the Lycan plot surrounding him, Selene discovers a secret that has terrifying repercussions for both tribes - a plot to awaken a new invincible species of predator that combines the strengths of both creatures and the weaknesses of neither, which threatens to tip the balance of power in favor of the werewolves, who have been on the losing end of the struggle for centuries.

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