Earlier today, we brought you a look at the latest installment of an aging action franchise led by a female hero as she uses her incredible abilities to combat scores of monstrous creatures. And now, we’re doing it again – only this time, instead of Milla Jovovich gunning down zombies and mutants in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, we’re catching up with Kate Beckinsale as she once again dons a black leather catsuit to dispatch werewolves in Underworld: Blood Wars.
In a plot that sounds more than a little familiar, the newest leader of the Lycan clan, Marius (Tobias Menzies), is trying to track down the vampire warrior Selene (Beckinsale) and her half-breed daughter, hoping to use their blood to make the members of his clan invincible. If you’re guessing that Selene will be using all of her ass-kicking skills to prevent that from happening, then you’re on the right track.
I’ve gotta be honest: I’ve never quite understood the appeal of the Underworld series. Every installment just seems to rehash the same material, and while the production design has a sleekness to it that is undoubtedly eye-catching, the storytelling has always struck me as sub-par. But there’s no denying that audiences will still show up: the latest entry in the series, 2012’s Underworld: Awakening, grossed more than $160 million worldwide, more than twice its budget.
Returning alongside Beckinsale are Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and Theo James (Divergent), with newcomers including Lara Pulver (Da Vinci’s Demons), Peter Andersson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), James Faulkner (Da Vinci’s Demons), Bradley James (Merlin), Daisy Head (The Syndicate) and Clementine Nicholson. Here’s the official synopsis:
The next installment in the blockbuster franchise, UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she 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: Blood Wars will hit theaters on January 6, 2017.
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