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Thursday, September 18, 2003

Interlude with the vampires

Movie: Underworld

Posted on Thu, Sep 18, 2003 at 4:00 AM

**1/2
Underworld
Studio: Screen Gems (Sony)
Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/underworld/
Release Date: 2003-09-19
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen, Shane Brolly
Director: Len Wiseman
Screenwriter: Danny McBride, Kevin Grevioux
WorkNameSort: Underworld
Our Rating: 2.50

Attention, Goth-club owners: Here's a movie you can throw up on your video screens for a guaranteed two hours of cheap atmospherics. A centuries-old war between vampires and werewolves explodes in an orgy of "Matrix"-y gunplay, pseudoscientific bloodletting and shows of that sumptuous undead lifestyle. There's nothing else to the flick, but you almost have to admire it for focusing exclusively on the dark-fantasy money shots to which its audience has already pledged allegiance. May attract a cult following, which is the next best thing to being good.

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