Underworld: Blood Wars (2016) (Blu-ray Review)

Underworld: Blood Wars (2016) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Anna Foerster
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies
Rated: R/Region A/2:40/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Sony

In the next installment of the blockbuster franchise, Vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Underworld was a franchise I dug back in the day. I hung right in there with the first couple films and this was what put the lovely Kate Beckinsale on the map for me. She’s also what has carried the thing for the most part and what turned her from not just another pretty face but into a bad ass. Somewhere along the way, things went wrong with the series. And I wish I could sit here and tell you that I found Blood Wars to be a return to form for the series but I just can’t. Kate Beckinsale notwithstanding, this movie is a bit of a mess and packs a lot of the stuff that makes people turn a nose to the more mainstream horror flavored releases of today. Something just goes off the rails here and it never finds its way back. I can’t hardly put my finger on it, but what use to make these movies so much fun now seems to be gone. I mean I’ll still stand up for Kate Beckinsale and say she’s the best part of this thing but I find a really hard time finding many nice things to say about anything else in this film.

The movie from a looks point of view overplays the darkness. I was a fan of the gothic feeling all along but this movie just seems too dark and I don’t mean in tone, I mean in a legit picture. The story is predictable and after watching for the first twenty or so minutes you’ll probably be able to predict how things are going to go for the rest of the film. It just seems like not enough effort or time was put into this one as at times it gives off a very bad straight to disc feel, even with that not being the case at all. We’ve had a handful of these movies now but if they can’t come up with something at least a little better I hope this is the last. The film, as stated, is overly dark in a lot of cases when it comes to the look of the film. Outside of that, the movie does look nice when it isn’t stepping on its own feet. Kate Beckinsale is a winner, but everything else misses the mark by a mile.

Extras

– The Evolution of Selene
– Old & New Blood
– The Evil Evolved
– Building a Blood War
– Underworld: Blood Wars Graphic Novel
– Trailers

Quality of Transfer: 87%