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.