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Underworld
Directed by Len Wiseman
Patrick Tatopoulos
Starring Kate Beckinsale
Scott Speedman
Bill Nighy
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release date(s) 2003 - 2009
Country  United States
Language English
Gross revenue $300,049,258

The Underworld series is a series of vampire/werewolf films directed by Len Wiseman and Patrick Tatopoulos. The first film, Underworld, was released in 2003, and the second film, Underworld: Evolution, was released in 2006. A prequel, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, was released on January 23, 2009. A fourth film is in development for 2011 release.

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Setting

In the Underworld universe, Vampires and werewolves, known in the films as Lycans, are not supernatural creatures, but rather the product of a virus.

Alexander Corvinus was the only survivor of a plague that wiped out his village. Somehow, his body was able to mutate the virus, mold it to his own benefit and become the first immortal. He had three sons, of which two inherited his father's immortality and were bitten, one by bat and one by wolf, creating the Vampire and Lycan lines. Corvinus' third son, who did not inherit immortality, also carried the Corvinus Strain, hidden away in his genetic code — an exact duplicate of the original virus, passed along to his human descendants through the centuries. This, according to Singe, is the key to creating a hybrid.

Vampires vs. Lycans

Since that time, a war has broken out. The Lycans were enslaved by the Vampires, used as slaves to be the guardians of their lairs during the daylight hours, but they revolted during the Middle Ages. Both sides have their own lair and chain of command. Vampires have Death Dealers, vampire warriors charged to fight and kill the Lycan enemy. There are three Vampire elders. Rules and tradition demand that two be at rest while one is awake; this arrangement calls for each elder to rule for one century followed by two centuries of sleep.

Films

Underworld (2003)

Underworld tells the story of Selene (played by Kate Beckinsale), a Death Dealer bent on destroying Lycans as an act of revenge against the Lycans that allegedly killed her family. She discovers that the Lycans are pursuing a human, Michael Corvin, for experimentation; Selene captures Michael herself to find out what the Lycans are up to. Along the way, Selene not only discovers a mutinous plot to destroy the Vampire Elders, but also a shocking revelation about her father-like Elder, Viktor.

Underworld: Evolution (2006)

After killing Viktor, Selene takes Michael to a Vampire safehouse and plans to return to Viktor's estate to awaken Markus, the last Vampire Elder. Before she can return, Markus confronts her, having been awakened by the blood of the Lycan scientist, Singe, after he was killed. Markus doesn't seem keen to help Selene and wishes to steal her memories for information. While on the run from Markus, Selene and Michael discover that Markus is the first Vampire, and that he plans to free his imprisoned brother, William, the first and most savage Lycan.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

A prequel to the original film, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans tells the origins of Lucian and Sonja, a Lycan and Vampire that must keep their love life a secret due to their races. After Sonja's father, Viktor, hears of her pregnancy by Lucian, he orders her immediate execution to prevent a combination of the two races. This devastating event causes Lucian to lead a Lycan uprising against Viktor, thus bringing the start of a war that will last for centuries to come.

Fourth film

A fourth film is in development as 3-D movie with a projected release date of September 23, 2011.[1] Screenwriter John Hlavin says the movie will not be a prequel.[2] On his Facebook page, actor/co-Creator, Kevin Grevioux mentioned that you should not believe anything that you read or hear about this film.

Cast

The characters, in alphabetical order:

Character Film
Underworld Underworld: Evolution Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Underworld 4
Alexander Corvinus Derek Jacobi
Amelia Zita Görög
Andreas Tanis Steven Mackintosh
Erika Sophia Myles
Kraven Shane Brolly
Lucian Michael Sheen
Markus Corvinus Tony Curran
Michael Corvin Scott Speedman Scott Speedman
Raze Kevin Grevioux Kevin Grevioux
Selene Kate Beckinsale
Sonja Jazmín Damak Rhona Mitra
Viktor Bill Nighy
William Corvinus Brian Steele

Reception

Box office performance

Film Release date Box office revenue Reference
Domestic (U.S. & Canada) International Worldwide
Underworld September 19, 2003 $55,970,690 $43,737,767 $100,708,457 [3]
Underworld: Evolution January 20, 2006 $65,318,875 $49,021,926 $116,340,801 [4]
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans January 23, 2009 $45,802,315 $45,282,848 $91,085,163 [5]
Underworld series $170,091,880 $130,837,285 $300,929,165

Critical reaction

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Yahoo! Movies
Overall Cream of the Crop
Underworld 30% (142 reviews)[6] 17% (30 reviews)[7] 42% (34 reviews)[8] C+ (13 reviews)[9]
Underworld: Evolution 14% (95 reviews)[10] 7% (15 reviews)[11] 36% (21 reviews)[12] D+ (9 reviews)[13]
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans 36% (55 reviews)[14] no rating (0 reviews)[15] 49% (10 reviews)[16] no rating (0 reviews)[17]

In other media

There have been various spin-offs and tie-ins in a range of other media.

Comics

IDW Publishing has published a number of Underworld comics, most recently announcing that Kevin Grevioux would write the adaptation of Rise of the Lycans.[18]

Novels

In addition to the novelizations of Underworld, Underworld: Evolution and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, an original novel, Underworld: Blood Enemy has been published. All four books are authored by Greg Cox.

Video games

In July 2003, Sony contracted with Black Widow Games for the production of Underworld: Bloodline (a Half Life mod).

An action video game based on the first film entitled Underworld: The Eternal War was scheduled for release on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles in 2004, but was cancelled.

References

  1. ^ "EXCL: Screen Gems Moving Ahead with Underworld 4", ShockTillYouDrop.com, August 8, 2009
  2. ^ Underworld 4, ComingSoon.net
  3. ^ "Underworld (2003)". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=underworld.htm. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  4. ^ "Underworld: Evolution (2006)". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=underworld2.htm. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  5. ^ "Underworld: Evolution (2006)". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=underworld2.htm. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  6. ^ "Underworld". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/underworld/. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  7. ^ "Underworld (Cream of the Crop)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/underworld/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  8. ^ "Underworld (2003): Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/underworld. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  9. ^ "Underworld (2003) - Critics Reviews". Yahoo! Movies. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1808421437/critic. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  10. ^ "Underworld: Evolution". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/underworld_evolution/. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  11. ^ "Underworld: Evolution (Cream of the Crop)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lost_world_jurassic_park/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  12. ^ "Underworld: Evolution (2006): Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/underworldevolution. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  13. ^ "Underworld: Evolution (2006) - Critics Reviews". Yahoo! Movies. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1808640591/critic. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  14. ^ "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/underworld_rise_of_the_lycans/. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  15. ^ "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (Cream of the Crop)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lost_world_jurassic_park/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  16. ^ "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009): Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/underworldevolution. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  17. ^ "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) - Critics Reviews". Yahoo! Movies. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809984515/critic. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  18. ^ CCI: Grevioux returns to "Underworld", Comic Book Resources, August 1, 2008

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