The saga continues. So believe it or not, those Vampires and Lycans are still at war with each other. Everybody wants that hybrid blood that flows through the veins of Selene (Kate Beckinsale), and she may be the only one out there capable of bringing this everlasting feud to a conclusion… but probably not. Now I have actually seen every single one of the movies in this series throughout the years. I can’t say that I remember a whole lot about them, because they all blur together. From what I can recall, I think the third movie was the best, but I can’t remember specific plot details because every movie in this series is so similar to one another. It is almost like a television style “previously, on Underworld” is needed as a bumper… and I’ll be damned if that’s not exactly what they did with Blood Wars.
I can only tell you for sure that the above screenshot is from Blood Wars because of the WWE cage in the background. Otherwise I wouldn’t stand a chance at telling you what movie it is from, and I just watched this today.
This is a series that is out of new things to show you. I can promise you that nobody is coming back for the running story, and the only reason why you would watch this is to see vampires fighting werewolves, and not in the neutered Twilight fashion. That is here, but it only makes up a fraction of the movie. This is only 80 minutes long when you subtract end credits, and I would say only about 20 minutes is the fighting that you are here for. The rest of Blood Wars is this soap opera struggle for power that ends up being pretty tedious. Bill Nighy had the common sense to get out of this series, and he is missed to be sure, as he is the most capable actor this series has seen. There’s also Charles Dance AKA Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones for a small part, but he’s out of the story way too soon. Theo James from the Divergent series isn’t a bad actor, but he doesn’t have the shoulders to carry a franchise. It is comical to see just how plunging the neckline of Lara Pulver’s wardrobe can be as the movie goes on, and Kate Beckinsale still looks good in leather, but they are both just distractions so you don’t notice how poor the script is.
Don’t get me wrong, I would rather this be in here than not.
If you have seen any of the other movies in this series, then you have seen Blood Wars. They honestly make this more complicated than it needs to be, and I don’t know all of these people that are being referenced in conversations. There is too much talking, and they really should have had the gall to dial this to 11 with crazy action if they wanted to stand any shot of making this worthwhile. As it is, they’ve made a barely watchable rehash of the previous movies, so take that as you will.
Underworld: Blood Wars (2016) **
– Critic for Hire