There have been a few instalments of 'Underworld' in the past, all with Kate Beckinsale in the lead, but thankfully the latest in the series works well for those who aren't quite familiar with what has transpired before. It's to the credit of makers (Mans Marlind, Bjorn Stein) that they have kept the story as basic as it gets (with the core of revenge and survival being used alternatively) which ensures that 'Underworld' comes across as a crisp under-90 minutes affair that doesn't give one a breather to think much about loopholes or unbelievable elements that strike you every 10 minutes.
Yet again it is Kate who holds centre stage and while she is being a superwoman with a difference, her fight as a vampire against werewolves and humans has intensified all the more. With a hybrid daughter (India Eisley) in tow, it in a way also forms a prelude to what one may expect in the next offering of the 'Twilight' series where a hybrid kid is all set to arrive soon.
Nevertheless, coming back to 'Underworld: Awakening', what (obviously) makes this affair all the more entertaining is the terrific action that unfolds in 3D. Frankly, there have been quite a few 3D affairs in the past, both from the West as well as the East, that haven't quite gone past the gimmicks and have often suffered from the 'conversion' syndrome. However in case of 'Underworld: Awakening' one truly feels that the 3D technology at play here gives that added dimension (pun intended) to the affair.
This means that action for most part of the film stays on to be a breathtaking affair. Whether it is Kate's escape from the frozen captivity, her various encounters with the authorities, the battle she has to fight with the werewolves, the chase that follows and the ultimate showdown in the climax - just about everything makes you admire the sheer grandeur and scale that the film boasts of.
Of course, just like is the case with 'Transformers' series, here too there is one action sequence following another that results in little breathing space in between. Still, when compared to 'Shoot 'Em Up' which was a pathetic action affair that was as senseless as it gets and only showcased a corrupt mind at play that seemed to be on a trip of it's own, at least 'Underworld: Awakening' still has some basic plot to boast of that keeps your interest alive.
What also strikes well is the colour scheme of the film that has been accentuated further to the Director of Photography going all out to create a dark, yet edgy and entertaining mood to the film. Scott Kevan deserves an acknowledgment for staying true to the 'underworld' theme of the film, hence making this fight remarkably different from what one otherwise evidences in action that involves only human. Also, it never aims at being a 'picture perfect' affair that 'Twilight' films are accused of at times.
Okay, so before one lays an accusation that 'Underworld series is just about action', let me state a basic fact - 'This one was always meant to be about action'. Just as was the case with a 'Transformer' or an 'X-Men' or many other films belonging to this genre. Not every film can belong to a franchise like a 'Spiderman', 'Harry Potter' or 'The Lord of The Rings' which boast of a definite story to tell as well. The makers of 'Underworld' are clear that it is action that they wish to sell and that is what they achieve as well by coming out with this fourth instalment.