Rhona Mitra plays the daughter that Selene reminded Viktor of in the first movie, and she really does look a lot like her! So much so I thought Kate Beckinsale had taken on an additional character in the franchise. Lucien is back too, and this is their love story, as well as one of slavery, and war, and anger... and Kevin Grevioux gets a proper introduction as long-time second-in-command Raze.
A few other familiar faces pop us as well, and it's a shame, seeing as they were killed off so easily in the prequels. Now that we know their story we wish they'd lived longer... but in a sense, they did. Hundreds of years before the prequels: this is the time they lived.
The scenery's different again, and the time is one long past, but it's a good story. Love. Intrigue. Action. It takes you through the motions - like The Prince of Egypt but with werewolves and vampires, and of course much more action. It's about as intense a love story as it gets, a modern Romeo and Juliet, gritty as ever, and even though it seems Underworld is growing darker with each sequel there's nothing wrong with the props yet, or choreography. It's a bit special, but mostly real. Authentic and grueling, with both Lucian and Victor putting on their best faces ever - applause to Bill Nighy and Michael Sheen for remarkable showcases of emotion!
Their many nuances make the backstory in the first Underworld seem shallow in comparison, and in the end it all goes full circle. Impressive. Glorious. Sad. Dark, with imaginatively medieval castlescapes climbing the mountains of a past age. The Covenant of the old days.
I thought the series would be getting worse with each sequel, but this one series seems to defy that rule. The original trilogy, at least, puts the rest to shame. Actors, atmosphere and all - there's nothing wrong with any of it. Great watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle