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Underworld: Vampires and the Werewolves who Love Them

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I am a big vampire buff all the way around, and I think that my blog probably says this about myself on a regular basis because I am constantly referencing vampires in some way form or fashion. A particularly interesting vampire movie that has come out in 2003 is Underworld. This movie stars Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy, and Martin Sheen, each of which play supernatural characters with drives and motivations that are a little odd to say the least (however, I mean odd by human standards…who is to say that they’re odd by vampire or werewolf standards).

In the movie, you are introduce to the sexy Selene played by Beckinsale who is trying to figure out why the werewolves (the vampires’ sworn enemy) are trying to get a human Michael Corvin (Speedman). In the movie, we meet the seeming antagonist Lucian (Sheen). He is the head of the werewolf army that has massed and Viktor (Nighy) the most powerful of the vampires. Turns out their story is one based on deceit and betrayal, murder and violence which leads to Viktor and Lucian being killed fairly brutally and with Selene and Michael (now a hybrid vampire werewolf…a vamwolf or a werepire…but they don’t have time to argue about the name for the new creature) going off to an odd cliffhanger-esque ending.

The movie itself is fairly well put together. There is an ancient blood feud. We have the idea of star-crossed lovers. We have friends becoming enemies and enemies becoming friends. I would suggest watching it to get more of a feel for the actual movie because I’m not going to rehash the plot for you here….that’s not my intent with this particular post. My true intent is to talk about some of the plot ideas that bother me.

There’s actually only one that really peeves me. Why did Amelia the Elder vampire go down so quickly to the mass of werewolves? I can see the argument that some people would make for this saying that she was simply overwhelmed. However, there was a train full of the oldest, most powerful vampires. Surely to God…or whomever, they could have at least put up some sort of a fight. But no, they are ruthlessly slaughter so that the werewolves might get Amelia’s blood to produce the hybrid species and fuse the two lines: vampire and werewolf.

Why does this whole epic murder scene bother me so much? It’s because Viktor in the movie is not a vampire to be messed with. He breaks the neck of a werewolf that charges him and then spears it with his sword. He doesn’t flinch. He doesn’t hesitate. He just kills. Shouldn’t Amelia have this sort of power? I mean in the sequel they show her being a key figure in taking down the first and most powerful of the werewolves.

So, how does this mangy rag-tag group of werewolves all but sweep seemingly defenseless uber-vamps? If it were just sheer number, I could understand. However, there doesn’t appear to be a semblance of a struggle. I don’t recall seeing any werewolves dead on the train…just the vampires…the powerful council of the vampires….the oldest and wisest of the coven…the ruling body….

Please, someone explain this to me. Then, I will be able to have some peace of mind in the movie and to more fully enjoy it without having to see this gapping hole in the logic of the movie (granted I know that it’s not Oscar worthy…I’m just looking for a logical answer to this question).

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  1. This is indeed a plothole.

    My guess is that she has not been practicing her martial arts skills or Death Dealer skills actively. Also, she hasn’t had to worry about the Lycans for a very long time and the surprise is great. It was a guerilla attack. Also, perhaps it was the fact that the Lycans had those high-tech bullets. Maybe the vampires didn’t have any silver nitrate with them.

    The Underworld series does have a few inconsistencies here and there. Luckily Rhona Mitra kind of resembled the actress who played Sonja in the first film. They forgot to think ahead.

    therainhouse

    August 20, 2010 at 8:31 am


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