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Underworld Blood Wars Review (2016) | Just Stop Already!

Underworld Blood Wars has been helmed just like its previous parts, except unlike, of course, the first one. And that is just when you look at its fast paced direction, the action and its poorly written screenplay. It gives you nothing but cheap thrills and is barely there to take the story forward.

Watching Underworld Blood Wars was supposed to help rekindle the lost memories of one of my favorite badass protagonists. To watch her kick some more ass in a war-ridden world trying to rip each other apart was supposed to be an exciting adventure. But alas! The movie is as stale as its yawn worthy action.

If you wish to revisit those forgotten enclaves, here’s a link to revisit all the prequels. Go binge-watch:

Plot of Underworld Blood Wars (Spoilers Ahead)

To constitute its plot Underworld doesn’t have much to offer. It’s like a ladder that leads to naught. So if you want to put things in a nutshell, you can say the title of the movie gives away the story. Yes it’s an ongoing war between the Lycans and Vampires, no doubts there. But remember (at least try!) how the last part had ended with Kate trying to save Eve, the hybrid child? Well she has been hidden, and even Selene doesn’t know her whereabouts. For the very fact that if she did, someone might extract that information through her blood.

The movie starts with talks about Marius portrayed by Tobias Menzies, him being the big bad beast of Lycans. The leader is planning a huge attack on the Vamps holed up in a fortress. Side Note: If it weren’t for his hubris and badassery the movie would have been even more punishing to watch.

still of Tobias Menzies as Marius in Underworld Blood Wars movie

Both Lycans and Vampires are after Eve trying to locate the gifted child to have an upper-hand in the war. The consumption of her blood would turn one into Vampire-Corvinus hybrid.

We have betraying creatures like Semira (Lara Pulver) and Varga (Bradley James) who stay constantly at the top of the pyramid of perversion. Charles Dance and Theo James reprise their respective roles as Thomas and David.

One of the most memorable scenes to watch out for is when Selene rips out the spine of Marius slaying him in the process. But right after that, Underworld Blood Wars seems to be galloping towards the end. It’s almost as if Anna Foerster, the director is shouting at the top of her lungs:

“Pack up! Pack up! Quickly!”

It just forces you to shake your head at how pathetic and unruly the rush is.

The Final Verdict

For once you think maybe Underworld might have learnt from its past mistakes, and this time, maybe just this time it would try to present the Lycans and Vampires story in a better light. But no! It only gets terrible with every release.

At the end of the day you realize Underworld is badly in a need of reboot, but trying to envision someone else filling the shoes of Selene is just not right. Kate is Selene! Period.

I just hope it finds a good director who decides to bring some calm focus to the tale, whilst rebuffing its action, and embellishing the drama.

I would recommend you watch it only if you are a big Underworld fan and can’t live without seeing Kate Beckinsale back in action again.

Check out the trailer of Underworld Blood Wars movie:

Allegiant Review (2016)

What a rock-bottom! Allegiant is a big bummer!

From the enthralling tales that were so successfully luring us towards its nail-biting enclaves, comes another one, a rather dismissive twist that takes the plot to weird levels of alcoves from where there is no possible return. The movie franchise has met an ugly thud and now we are left with a stale taste in our palate. We are thinking can someone really revive this?

ALLEGIANT: A LOST PROJECT

Just an year ago, Robert Schwentke had wrapped us a thrilling sequel to the first part where things seemed really promising. It was a fast paced dig, au contraire, to the first installment and acquainted us to a fantastical world of simulations. I don’t know how his direction degraded for Allegiant to meet complete chaos.

The fact that we had a pre-written storyline in our baggage for Allegiant should have actually helped not played against Schwentke. His direction goes dodgy at so many occasions that it is hard to just pinpoint one. Also, the plot jack-hammers into a recess that we weren’t really expecting it to converge into. Even though it was supposed to be from Veronica Roth’s perspective, we could have used some better helming to ease into some mind-numbing revelations. The shoddy display at points where it mattered the most proves how little director cared about its eye-openers.

SPOILERS FLYING AHEAD

What messed with matters further was the dramatic quotient of Allegiant. The fact that Tori gets lost amidst a ruckus, and the next-to-absent “Evelyn and Johanna Reyes war” makes things even worse. Jeff Daniels plays a great David although his hands seemed more tied and his perversion not milked enough.

BETTER DIRECTOR?

Sometimes I think it is almost time to hand over the reins of the franchise into hands of a better TV show director. We could really use a better insight. You can watch it if you are inquisitive enough and are wanting to know what happens next.

Insurgent Review (2015)

Insurgent is a fast paced thrilling joyride!

Good thing we have gradually stepped into the dark in this one. Roth isn’t afraid to kill people any more, and we don’t mind watching the dead!

With the release of Divergent last year, and the mediocrity it skimmed on, Insurgent seemed like a long shot. But boy does it prove everyone wrong. The flick comes in strong with a lot of action and thrilling acts of defiance. It is one hell of a joyride wrapped up beautifully in one fine editing thread of awesomeness.

Plot runs gorgeously complementing the acting prowess of Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet. Theo James still lacks the gravity of the extraordinary but works just fine with Shailene in the vanguard. Miles Teller is an exceptional and inevitable element to the tale and is still amazing behind the lens. Jai Courtney is ruthless as ever and Zoe, well she hasn’t been given much screen time here.

The time that has been squeezed out of action is well spent on drama, where Shailene simply blows you away. She is relatable and does manage to weigh in on your emotional heart with her breaking voice and concerned countenance. Dream sequences in the movie are quite exceptional. Withering buildings and bodies look really badass when fragmenting.

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There are several instances in the movie where the direction seems to be abruptly gliding towards dodgy. Like the unrealistic direction when Edgar finds out about Four’s true identity. Also, Caleb’s reluctance to continue the sojourn spoiled by Ansel’s drab acting and Shailene and Theo’s shallow comeback. Missing gravity on Theo’s face would occasionally compel the movie to circle mediocre flames. The flick also misses out on character development for some crucial elements, for instance, introduction of Uriah to the tale was pretty bland and abrupt. Also, we don’t get a proper glimpse into Johanna’s life either.

Wrapping up a book in two hours is hard. To what Robert Schwentke managed in a flick is worth commendable. If only the franchise grated itself on a fully fledged TV series, it would be a whole different story to show every bit from the book in an amplified manner. But whatever we have on the big screen is still pretty dope. We can work with it. Go watch this beauty!