Kate Beckinsale’s Underworld Awakening has stormed to the top of the US box office with takings of $25.4 million in its first weekend. Beckinsale did not star in the third Underworld movie but now she’s back as Selene, and it seems to have had the desired effect. Rory Bruer, the president of worldwide distribution for Sony, had this to say about Beckinsale:
“She is such a force. Her character – you just can’t take your eyes off her. I know the character is very dear to her as well, and she just kills it.”
The plot is as follows: When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind. Cue action and gore and more action and one incredible looking catsuit.
Unfortunately, while the public and Sony seem to love it, the same can’t be said about the critics. At present, Underworld Awakening has a poor rating of 27% at Rotten Tomatoes, with Thomas Leupp from Hollywood.com saying:
“The carnage occasionally pauses to allow Beckinsale a moment to emote over lost love or seek a fleeting bond with a screen partner, but soon more beasts are on hand, and the soulless slaughter hastily recommences.”
Yeah but what about the catsuit? Maybe the fifth Underworld will pit Selene against movie critics. Still, there’s nothing like a bit of January carnage to get the year started in the right way. See below for the dead cool Underworld Awakening trailer.