Underworld: Awakening is a darkly sleek, fantastic romp of a movie, especially if seen in glorious 3-D. Kate Beckinsale returns as badass vampire Selene, the sexiest fanged heroine on film. Only now, after humans have discovered the existence of Vampires and Lycans and tried to purge them from society, Selene finds the stakes couldn’t be higher.
When she awakens from a 12-year coma she discovers she has a daughter named Eve, a Lycan-Vampire hybrid, who’s being sought after by both humans and Lycans. Nothing makes a mother vampire more hostile than when her little girl is being hunted down. Precocious India Eisley plays Eve, the first of a new species (and certainly the star of the next sequel). Adorned in white, Eisley cautiously tows the line between child and woman, Vampire and Lycan, monster and human.
The action sequences in the film are nonstop fun and visually thrilling. The battling is graphic, if not gruesome, but what is a vampire film without lots and lots of blood? British hottie Theo James (whose credits include an episode of Downton Abbey) plays David, a vampire working undercover in law enforcement, determined to protect his kind. Swedish directing duo Mårlind and Stein delightfully push the boundaries of the action genre when Selene reaches inside David’s chest cavity to manually get his heart pumping again. The scene is a playful wink to the audience, suggesting we don’t take any of this too seriously.