logan j. fowler and bill bodkin look at the latest installment of the Kate Beckinsale series …
Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided: No Thanks.
Look, I got nothing against Kate Beckinsale kicking butt in skin-tight leather for almost two hours. However, I’d be lying if I said I’ve seen ANY of the Underworld flicks. These Matrix-meets-Resident Evil movies have never really appealed to me, and despite the fact they are at movie four, I have no interest to try them out in the first place to catch up with this one. Clearly they are popular enough to have gotten to this point, but then again, we’ve had plenty of move franchises that have gone on too long because people keep shelling out the dough (*cough cough* Alvin & The Chimpunks *cough cough* And speaking of the Resident Evil movie franchise, when is that tank going to run out of gas?) In any case, I’ll be passing on this entry in the Underworld saga.
Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided: Rent.
When the first Underworld film came out back in 2003, I was at theater on opening night. I thought this movie was going to be an amazing amalgam of The Matrix and monster movies. I was stoked, the original trailer was so badass. Sadly, the first film was just a B-movie with an A-movie’s clothing, which completely shattered my expectations for the the film. However, I’ve been able to accept that these films are nothing but silly fun, so now I’ve been more inclined to rent them or catch them on cable. The trailer for the fourth film looks a bit from promising than the last two films, as it seems to be going on the “less plot, more guns” approach to filmmaking, which always appeals to my inner 14-year-old. Plus, Stephen Rea is always great, so you’ll get at least one good performance in this film. This is definitely early-winter- beats-bowling-or-reading-a-book-(barely) movie fodder.