Underworld follows the story of Selene, a vampire assigned to hunting down the Lycan. When being attacked she saves a Lycan named Michael. Michael wishes for the war between vampires and werewolves to come to an end, but as even greater problems arise the two fight together to put a stop to the war. Their collaboration just leads to even bigger and more dangerous problems that force her to decide who to trust.
I'd heard a lot of mixed things about Underworld, but I went in open minded. I know a lot of critics hated this film, but a lot of the general audience loved it so I was actually somewhat eager to watch it and have been for a while. Oh boy was I wrong. Underworld is one of the sloppiest, over violent, cheesy and just horrifically bad action films I've ever seen. It was an absolute bore to watch and I actually couldn't take it at one stage and had to turn it off. I did, however come back and finish it after a relaxing break.
The film is unnecessarily over violent. I don't usually have a problem with violence in movies as I can handle it, but in Underworld it's just over the top and really unnecessary. The filmmakers more than likely thought to themselves, and this is going to sound real rude here so I will apologise in advance "Wow our movie sucks big time! How could we make it better? Ooh, ooh, we could just throw unnecessary gore on screen! Yes that will make our movie a thousand times better." The film also features pointless and prolonged sequences of loud action so the general audience member can be satisfied, but it just doesn't work. There's also some scenes of action where you can't even seen what's happening because of the atrociously filmed scenes yet it still turns out bloody.
The screenplay for the film is forced, predictable and cheesy. There's hardly a single line of dialogue in the whole film that actually feels like it should be there which leads to it sounded really cheesy and out of place. The events that take place also attempt to surprise audiences, but they do this in the worst ways possible. A character is explaining to Selene about how much blood she's lost, not a spoiler this happens in the first act of the film, she then goes on to say she's fine then BAM! She passes out and the car crashes. The film features some of the most unintentionally awkward and just plain stupid moments that's all thanks to the screenplay.
Underworld doesn't get any credit for acting either. The film's performances are sloppy and dull. There's a few actors in the movie that I actually like and they've been brilliant in other films, but in Underworld none of them look like they're even interested. I will correct myself actually, the only actor that looks interested is Michael Sheen, but this doesn't mean that his performance is any good. In fact it's not good at all, but this is probably aided by the screenplay which if you can't tell by now, I'm not a fan of.
The majority of the special effects in the film are pretty average. Parts of this paragraph is why I'm not going to give the film a lower rating although I do hate it very much. There were a couple of moments where the special effects managed to look just above average and I was somewhat impressed although for the most part they were slacking. My major issue with the special effects in this film are the Lycans. Lycans are just another name for werewolves in the film, but they just look terrible in the film. It's not because special effects of 2003 weren't up to the quality that they are today either, they just looked all round awful. It was really slacking in a lot of scenes.
The characters in this movie make the dumbest decisions at times. Pretty much every character in the whole film makes at least one dumb decision or does something that nobody in that situation would actually do because it is illogical. These characters are made to look smart, but they come along as idiotic. Selene is standing in a hallway with Lycans charging at her so what does she do with her two fully loaded guns? She takes three minutes to shoot the floor down rather than shooting down the lycans! It makes no sense because A) they Lycans should have already reached her by then and B) the Lycans could just crawl down the hall and chase her, but now she has no bullets. It's doesn't make any sense at all.
To sum up my very long review, Underworld is an over violent, cheesy, predictable mess with a horrific screenplay, terrible cinematography, mediocre acting, mostly bad special effects and idiotic characters making dumb decisions.
American Psycho follows the story of Patrick Bateman, a wall street banking executive with a dark secret. To satisfy his thirst for excitement and to fill in his spare time Bateman either has sex with various prostitutes or, his preferred habit, kills people for no apparent reason besides he enjoys it. His world soon begins to fall as a detective is put on the case of a missing person, a person which he murdered just a few nights back.
American Psycho had a rather different tone to it than what I expected. I'd only seen a single scene from American Psycho and it was the famous scene where Bateman is chasing a girl naked with a chainsaw. I knew it wouldn't be my typical slasher film, but as soon as the film begun my theories on the film were spun on their head as I discovered the film was much different to what I thought it to be. The film was really fun and goofy, but I figured it to be a serious slasher flick. At first I was taken abrupt by this, but as the film went on it actually grew on me and I was enjoyed the goofy take on this genre.
Christian Bale gives the most outrageous performance in his career. I've seen him in a lot of films that standout and are out of the ordinary, but his performance in this is by far the craziest, most outrageous of the lot. His character is so weird and wild and in one instance he reminded me of Jim Carrey if he secretly murdered people. It was just a brilliant performance.
The film features an unpredictable ending that will be hard to forget. I never full predicted the ending although I was on my way to predict what was going to happen. There are little clues spread throughout the film, especially in the dialogue, that hint at the ending and it really got my mind thinking, but half of these clues I wasn't aware were clues until the shocking and unforgettable ending.
The film actually featured much more sex than it did violence which was very much to my surprise. The film received an R18+ classification which if you are not aware is the highest classification in Australia and so naturally I presumed this would mean that there was plenty of graphic and grizzly violence like other horrors of the same classification, but I was wrong. There's actually a fair amount of explicit sexual content and nudity which I was very surprised by. The violence was intense, yes, but it was never as bad as I predicted it to be.
To sum up American Psycho features a goofy and fun tonne, an outrageous performance from Christian Bale and an absolutely unforgettable ending. It also surprised me that the film was much more sexual than violent.
3 1/2 Stars