Underworld: Blood Wars - What You Need To Know
Underworld began its life as a $22 million vampire romp back in 2003, with minimal expectations and a first-time director, but it’s gone on to become a full-on fantasy behemoth.
The Underworld series has yielded four films so far, 2003's Underworld, 2006's Underworld: Evolution, 2009's prequel Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans and the most recent effort, 2012's Underworld: Awakening.
Between them, the films have made over $458 million in box office receipts.
The latest and fifth instalment of the franchise, Underworld: Blood Wars, arrives on DVD this week and here is everything you need to know about it.
Who’s in it?
The movie's fifth instalment sees Kate Beckinsale return to star once again with Divergent's Theo James returning as David, the ally of Beckinsale's character Selene, after debuting the character in Underworld: Awakening.
Also joining the cast are Bradley James, Tobias Menzies and Lara Pulver, while Charles Dance also returns to reprise his role as Thomas, a vampire elder and father of David.
There are also minor roles for Daisy Head, James Faulkner and Oliver Stark.
And who’s behind the camera?
The new instalment has been directed by Anna Foerster, who has acted as second unit director on a series of blockbusters, including The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day. Blood Wars marks her debut as a director.
Cory Goodman, whose credits include Priest and The Last Witch Hunter, is on writing duty alongside Machete Kills scribe Kyle Ward. Len Wiseman, creator of the series, acts as producer on this new movie.
What’s the plot?
In this movie, we follow Selene, who is the target for both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. Both sides want her blood, thinking it will make them all-powerful, and the only allies she has in fending off repeated brutal attacks are the young vampire David and his father Thomas.
Realising that the only way she can survive is to stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, Selene vows to do just that, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Does it deliver?
Five movies deep, you know what you’re getting here. It’s dark, pulsating and full of action. A sixth instalment is on the way and this movie proves there’s plenty still to do with these characters and this bloody, brutal world.