Franchise Weekend – Underworld: Blood Wars (2017)

underworldDirector: Anna Foerster

Writer: Cory Goodman (Screenplay) Kyle Ward, Cory Goldman, Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman, Danny McBride (Story/Characters)

Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver, Charles Dance, James Faulkner

 

Plot: Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Final Nail in the Coffin

 

Story: Underworld: Blood Wars starts with backstory of Selene’s (Beckinsale) story and now that she is alone in the battle with nothing left to live for, she is hunted by the Lycans stills but does still have an ally in David (James).

With a new leader, Marius (Menzies) the Lycans want to put an end to the war with Semira (Pulver) the leader of the vampire covenant bringing in David’s father Thomas (Dance) one of the elders to bring Selene back into the fold to train the new vampire recruits ready for the war.

After what seems like a pointless training exercise, it turns out to be pointless training exercise as Semira has bought Selene into take her blood but when David finds a way to save Selene she must once again go into battle against both vampire and Lycans.

 

Thoughts on Underworld: Blood Wars

 

StoryOne of the biggest problems with the last film was that the story was difficult to make work, now we try to bring this out of sequence storytelling to the next chapter. This does feel like some part remake of the original and in the end the story does try to bring a bigger picture of a world we have finally had enough of now.

Action/HorrorMindless action and no horror, well that is the genre in a nutshell really.

Characters/PerformanceSelene is back yet again but you just don’t feel she is the kick ass heroine we have seen in the past, David continues to be just another leading man with nothing much going on, Marius does make for a slightly more interesting villain but again nothing special with Semira just being another power-hungry vampire character.

Performance wise it is nice to know Beckinsale has enough money now to go and make films she will be able to perform in, James has never proved himself as a leading man yet, Both Menzies and Pulver have studied up for the roles and just borrowed everything from the previous film without bringing an ounce of originality to their performances.actors

SettingsWe have the isolated style settings, I am not going to lie, I am confused with the timeline now, I thought the last film was in the future and nothing looked futuristic for the genre and returning to the coven war while good feels like nothing has evolved like the franchise should have.

Special EffectsWe have the special effects we have all come to know for this film, it isn’t on the strongest level with wildly over the top action, annoying amount of flashbacks through drinking blood memories.genre

Final ThoughtsHow has this series turned into an Uzi battle between vampires and Lycans, that is the biggest questions out there.

 

Overall: Painfully awful sequel that we didn’t need.

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Machete Kills (2013)

logoDirector: Robert Rodriguez

Writer: Kyle Ward (Screenplay) Robert Rodriguez, Marcel Rodriguez (Story)

Starring: Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Carlos Estevez, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas

 

Plot: Machete (Trejo) gets a chance to make up for a bust that goes wrong. The President (Estevez) offers him a chance to go back to Mexico to stop a revolutionary Mendez (Bichir). When the plan goes wrong Machete must bring Mendez to Voz (Gibson) the mastermind behind everything to disarm the bomb while ever hit man in Mexico and America are hunting him down.

 

Verdict: A fun over the top action film

Story: What plays out as an over the top Bond film the term original story doesn’t come close to this. We have seen all of this before but maybe not to the extremes of this. We have an unlikely hero who lets actions speak louder than words and plenty of twists and turns. Cameos a plenty too, you will see a familiar leading performer in nearly every scene. In the end the story is easy to follow and just fun don’t expect anything serious or you will hate this. (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Danny Trejo – Machete the lone hit man who doesn’t’ seem to be able to die and will kill anyone who gets in his way with anything he can get his hands on. Trejo is a great fit for this role and continues what he started with the first Machete film. Action Star Award, Kick Ass Award (8/10)

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Actor Review: Mel Gibson – Voz a criminal mastermind who claims he can see into the future and has planned to save the people who believe him but destroy the world. Gibson does great in this cold calculated criminal. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Demian Bichir – Mendez a man with a split personality where one is a revolutionary while the other is a Cartel kingpin. Demian is brilliant in this role and clearly steals the show. Scene Stealer Award, Favourite Character Award (9/10)

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Actor Review: Carlos Estevez – The president but the normal Charlie we are used to seeing. Using his real name adds to the comical idea of Charlie Sheen being the President. (8/10)

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Director Review: Robert Rodriguez – We know Robert can give us action that is way over the top that you just have to sit and enjoy and this keeps up the trend. (9/10)

 

Action: Nearly every scene is action based, involving shoot out or fights. (9/10)

Special Effects: Great special effects for most of the death scenes. (10/10)

Believability: Way to over the top to be believable. (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Many different settings between Mexico and America all work well for the story one of the highlight locations is Mendez hideout being an ancient pyramid.  (9/10)

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Suggestion: I think this film really will only be for the people who are fans of the genre and anyone who goes to watch this with a serious hat on will be very disappointed. Just go and watch, enjoy and switch your brain off. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Machete kills are hilarious

Worst Part: Not Very serious.

Action Scene Of The Film: Machete versus the henchmen clones.

Kill Of The Film: A henchman and helicopter.

Trivia: The first film Charlie Sheen as used his real name and the first film Mel Gibson has played a villain.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: It is open for a sequel.

Similar Too: Machete

 

Overall: Fun, Over The Top Just Enjoy

Rating 75