• by Wes Singleton

Underworld: Blood Wars, D

Rated R, 92 minutes

"Underworld: Blood Wars," the fifth installment in the vampires vs. werewolves saga, is a bloody mess. This never-ending story has nowhere to go, and is too reliant on having lovely star Kate Beckinsale sexily prance around in a skintight, spandex suit, which is still enough for fanboys to make it a modest hit (a sixth film is already in development, too).

Death dealer Selene (Beckinsale) must fend off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the vampire faction that betrayed her, led by Lycan Marius (Tobias Menzies) and vampire Semira (Lara Pulver). Joining forces with allies David (Theo James) and Thomas (Peter Andersson), she embarks on a quest to end the eternal war between the two races, even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.

Directed by Anna Woerster, a visual effects director on most of Roland Emmerich's films, with a script by Cory Booker, "Underworld: Blood Wars" is another tiresome outing that's as stale as the blue and gray photography. The lackluster plotting and direction add little in terms of anything new to this series, and in spite of a few energetic fight sequences, it's too boring and predictable, with long sections in which very little happens. Even worse, the visuals, which seemed fun the first couple of films, seem shoddy and dated, especially the wolves (John Landis' "An American Werewolf in London" from over 35 years ago still holds up well).

The inconsistent second act veers off wildly as Selene seeks asylum in a strange coven in which people have white hair, and not to give too much away, if you really think Beckinsale's lead character will be killed off, then think again, taking cues from the awful "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" last year. "Blood Wars" only proves that the "Underworld" franchise hasn't been aging all that well, yet if they continue to turn even a modest profit, they'll continue to make them.

It also proves that the only real reason to see the underwhelming "Underworld: Blood Wars" is to see Beckinsale in that hot, aforementioned skintight suit. Other than that, it's forgettable waste of time.

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