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Selene, a beautiful vampire warrior, is entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with Michael, a werewolf who longs for the war to end.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 6.8/10 (100,091 voted)

Critic's Score: 42/100

Director: Len Wiseman

Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Shane Brolly

A war has been raging between the Vampires and Lycan for centuries, Selene (Beckinsale) is a death dealer, assigned to hunt down and eradicate the last of the Lycan. When she comes across Michael Corvin(Speedman)who holds the key to end the war she must decide where her alligances will lie.

Writers: Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman

Kate Beckinsale - Selene
Scott Speedman - Michael Corvin
Michael Sheen - Lucian
Shane Brolly - Kraven
Bill Nighy - Viktor
Erwin Leder - Singe
Sophia Myles - Erika
Robbie Gee - Kahn (as Robby Gee)
Wentworth Miller - Dr. Adam Lockwood
Kevin Grevioux - Raze
Zita Görög - Amelia
Dennis J. Kozeluh - Dignitary (as Dennis Kozeluh)
Scott McElroy - Soren
Todd Schneider - Trix
Sándor Bolla - Rigel

Taglines: This Fall, when the battle begins, which side will you choose?


Official Website: Lakeshore Records - soundtrack | Sony Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 19 September 2003

Filming Locations: Budapest, Hungary

Box Office Details

Budget: $22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $21,753,759 (USA) (21 September 2003) (2915 Screens)

Gross: $95,708,457 (Worldwide) (20 May 2009)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (director's cut)

Did You Know?

The name of the city where the film took place is never mentioned. However Michael's address that we can see on Selene's computer is an apparently misspelled Hungarian address (it should be "Lakatos József u. 39." while it is spelled as "Laktos Joszef 39 ut." instead). You can also read "Eötvös utca", a street in the historical downtown of Budapest, many times while driving by to the secret interrogation place and there is an ad in the subway station where the shooting takes place in the beginning of the movie referring to Szentendre which is a small town near Budapest (obviously left there as non-Hungarian viewers don't understand the text anyway).

Continuity: A bald man wearing a green jacket and carrying a blue backpack appears to board the subway train three times during the opening sequence. We see him in front of Michael standing next to the subway train doors; then we see him walking past Raze toward the train; and then a second later we see him walk past Raze toward the train exactly as before.

[first lines]
Selene: [voiceover] The war had all but ground to a halt in the blink of an eye. Lucian, the most feared and ruthless leader ever to rule the Lycan clan, had finally been killed. The Lycan horde scattered to the wind in a single evening of flame and retribution. Victory...

User Review

Surprisingly good! I'm impressed!

Rating: 8/10

As soon as I saw the preview to this film I wrote it off as a silly Matrix rip-off trying to attack a subject that is so tired (vampires/werewolves). I really never had any intention of seeing Underworld until my girlfriend, who saw it in theaters, repeatedly suggested I watch it. After watching the DVD just now I must say that I enjoyed it a lot. I was completely into the story, which is surprisingly rich and engaging. One would have to be a bit naïve not to admit that Underworld does indeed borrow from a variety of action films, most notably The Matrix. It should be obvious to any free-thinking person that none of the ideas present in Underworld are original, but what this film does well is take ideas that were established in the past and build on them more. This is by no means a carbon copy of any of the films from which it borrows from. Slow motion gun battles didn't originate with the Matrix films. The most refreshing aspect of this movie is the story, which surprisingly has many layers and puts a totally fresh new spin on the vampire/werewolf stories. This aspect, along with the excellent visual effects makes Underworld an enjoyable experience. A sequel for this is inevitable, and I must say that I'm really looking forward to it. Underworld was a very pleasant surprise.

*** out of **** stars

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