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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).

Favorite Characters in X-Men

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In the X-Men comic book, there is a variety of characters that people pick favorites from. While most people invariably pick characters that are popular or more visible, the fact is that there are many out there that are way cooler than the Wolverines and Gambits.

I like several characters for many different reasons. I will be honest with you. I despise Wolverine and could care less for Gambit…they both have the same kind of demeanour and attitude, and their brand of person does not interest me. I am by far more interested in some of the characters who seem slightly off kilter…

1. Rogue…I don’t know what it is about her that makes me like her character so much. I think part of it might be the infinite possibility of power she has. She could potentially drain every other mutant’s power to become all powerful. This is how she gained her “secondary” mutations of super strength, flight and near invincibility. She drained Miss Marvel (Carol Danvers) of her powers. This draining of abilities also has consequences that she must deal with. Not only does she gain the powers of a person, she also absorbs their minds or life-force if you will. This mind-sucking of Carol Danvers almost makes her go crazy because there are 2 mentalities trapped in one body. Her character intrigues me.

2. Mr. Sinister. Aside from the name which is a little silly (comic book cliché name), he is by far one of the best villains in the Marvelverse. Why you might ask? It’s because his mind and set of skills make him  more diabolical and unpredictable than any of the other “evils”. He is a puppet master moving quantities of people together so that he can conquer them. He also believes in the idea of the “enemy of mine enemy is my friend” as seen by him teaming up with very unlikely allies throughout the course of the X-istence. He, who was a contemporary of Darwin, is the ultimate example of natural selection because he naturally selects the abilities and properties to enhance himself.

3. Psylocke. She is probably the least known character that I will speak about. She is an art thief with psychic powers. She doesn’t really have a lot of affiliations early on, but later, she becomes a member of the X-Men. Her psychic abilities being interestingly presented and her tale of body swapping are what I like about her. She is able to project psybolts to stun enemies and others. She also is able to yield a psychic knife or a katana to help fight her enemies. Her fighting skills are unparalleled which makes her even more dangerous.

So, there you have it. Those are my top there…there are many more that could have made the list (like Jean Grey and others), but these are probably the ones that intrigue me (yes I know that I use the word intrigue a lot). Feel free to agree or disagree. These characters are the best to me.

Written by uncannynerdyguy

March 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm