Monthly Archives: January 2012

REVIEW – Underworld: Awakening


Underworld is…UNDERWHELMING

Kate Beckinsale reprises her role as the vampire action hero Selene in the latest part of Underworld.

The story picks up where Underworld: Evolution ends. Selene and Michael go for hiding, but soon humans know of the existence of both species and begin “the cleansing.”At first it looks like the same old fashioned X-Men where humans fight to prove they are a superior race or even a prelude to Resident Evil. That is where the story goes wrong. The government begins going door to door and wiping out both vampires and Lycans (werewolves). Selene is captured and frozen for twelve years. The question everyone asks is, where’s Michael what happened to him? The answer comes later and not in the way you expected.

Selene awakes and finds that she and Michael have a hybrid daughter and they escape. Some new characters are introduced. David, a vampire caught up in the legends of the Death Dealers and a human detective Sabastian. They along with Selene set out to protect the hybrid child and get to the bottom of the conspiracy.

Plus points Kate Beckinsale is awesome as Selene. She is one of the best female action heroins in recent time. She went from being cold and bent on revenge in the first two movies to being broken hearted and protective in this installment. But she is a believable vampire bad ass. The idea of a hybrid daughter was nice and well projected, but I think it could’ve been done better. The new characters lack back stories and quite okish. David is added because they needed a male lead which is stupid on Hollywood’s part. Kris Holden-Ried does fantastic as Quint Lane the lycan juggernaut. The 3-d worked on the action scenes. The right amount and very well done. The timing was also great. The movie didn’t drag. 90 minutes straight.

Negative points. Several things, let’s start with the villains. Victor and Marcus were both fantastic villains. The owned the screen and were the right balance of charismatic evil. The evil scientist and “hulk” type lycan just don’t do it for me. The scale of the movie seems too small for the entire human race to be exterminating both species. The story lacks. The first to movies told a great story and brought you into a very cool world. This would have been better left to the vamps and wolves. Keep the humans out. What was the biggest flaw? Michael. He is acknowledged by name, but Scott Speedman said “no” to a role reprisal and we are left with a fill in and some bad C.G.I. These movies are notorious for taking the second most powerful character in its universe and weakening him. I hope they do him justice at some point.

Will there be a sequel to it? They left lot of space for it so definitely we will see one soon in near future. It’s not the strongest of the series. I didn’t hate it, but I was expecting something better and I left with that feel. The best word to describe awakening would be underwhelming.

My Rating 2.5 out of 5 lycans killed by Selene

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My ideas for how to make a Justice League movie in future


I think everyone agrees about a Justice League movie is needed to be made. As we know, such a film came close to reality a few years ago in the form of Justice League: Mortal, but eventually the project never took off. As of right now, whether or not WB will go ahead with a new project has yet to be determined. A few months ago, it was reported that Warner Bros. would release a Justice League film in 2013, when Man Of Steel was still slated for late 2012. But with that film being pushed to summer of 2013, there’s no way a Justice League movie would be released at the same time. Also, with Green Lantern recently bombing at the box office (barely making its budget), it seemed unlikely that WB would put out a DC property other than Superman or Batman. Then we got the rumor that Warner Bros. would release a Justice League film in 2015/2016, after sequels to Green Lantern and Man Of Steel. That has not been confirmed or denied yet. Few things I want to see done in a possible JLA film.

Set the film in a shared universe.

One of the things that people want to see the most in a Justice League film Characters in previous films to be in the same continuity (similar to what Marvel’s doing with The Avengers). JL: Mortal didn’t had any such plans, they were going to make spinoffs starring Wonder Woman and The Flash. Hopefully that most recent rumor about a Superman cameo in Green Lantern movie and then them being in the future Justice league film, Granted, Nolan’s Batman will be too difficult to fit into a fantasy-filled film such as Justice League, so a Batman reboot a couple years later is just fine. Anyways, there’s no reason Cavill and Reynolds can’t come back. Cavill looks awesome as Superman, and he is really working hard for bringing him to life. And say what you will about the Green Lantern film, but I personally think Reynolds wasn’t a problem at all. He can play serious characters well (see Buried), and Hal Jordan was written as not being very serious one too many times. Reynolds was good with what he was given, and has potential to improve with a better script. With that said, he and Cavill should definitely reprise their respective roles should a JLA film be set in a shared universe.

Establish other characters in Separate movies

I don’t mind if they release films for Atom, Green Arrow or Hawkgirl after the first JLA, and fit Martian Manhunter’s origin in the film itself, but a couple characters need their origins to be told. The Flash has been a project that’s been off-and-on for a few years now, and it seems like WB is ready to release it (hopefully) in a couple years or so. (Then again, with Green Lantern bombing, it could’ve pushed The Flash back) Also, Wonder Woman is a character who should’ve been adapted into film a long time ago. It’s interesting to see Marvel release films for Punisher, Ghost Rider, Blade and Thor before DC can release something for one of its biggest characters (and the biggest female comic character ever). Hopefully DC will release a Wonder Woman film in a few years.

 Keep the original roster.

With Geoff Johns reportedly writing a Justice League treatment, I hope it doesn’t mean we can’t get the original lineup of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. I don’t mind a few cameos in first JLA movie,What I’d imagine for a JL trilogy is first film, start out with the main lineup; second film/third film, bring in other characters aforementioned like Steel, Hawkgirl, Ray Palmer etc

 Attach a good director, good writers, etc.

As said before, in the recent rumor of Justice League arriving by 2015/2016, Geoff Johns was writing a treatment for the film. That’s what happened with Green Lantern, and we all know how mediocre the script was. But Johns didn’t write the script; the script has 3-4 different writers. Not only is that writing team been hired to pen a Green Lantern sequel, they were also hired to write The Flash. I would be worried of the team doing the Justice League film, but the rumor stated that David S. Goyer was being pursued to pen the screenplay. With his excellent work on Nolan’s Batman trilogy. his storytelling can be really interesting

I’m really enjoying his current work on Justice League (despite the occasional hit-and-miss dialogue), and with a seasoned writer like Goyer doing the screenplay, it should be good then.

As for directors, it’s kind of tough to choose one personally. Christopher Nolan’s out of the question, otherwise Christian Bale could possibly reprise his Batman. Zack Snyder probably won’t do it, and no way in hell should Martin Campbell do it. I’d love to see someone like JJ Abrams (Star Trek), Peter Jackson (Lord Of The Rings), Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) or Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) directing a Justice League film. I’d add Joss Whedon to the list, but since he’s directing The Avengers…yeah, it would be awkward.

That’s it for now Just hope that a JLA movie comes up soon

Stop Overusing Wolverine


Wolverine is among few of the awesomest comic book personas ever created. He’s headlined major comic books, animated TV shows, Major toylines and four major movies. He once brought an uncanny appeal to comic books. His past was a mystery, and he wasn’t afraid to cross boundaries the only thing he cared about getting the job done. He was the badass character that became an icon among comic book lovers. Yet over the years, Wolverine’s extreme popularity lead to Marvel including him in any comic book title they can. He is being overexposed.

The way Wolverine is overused and hyped it makes many comic book fans angry and frustrated . when Wolverine is able to switch his position again and again between X Men,  -Force, Avengers, The New Avengers and his own series the whole sense of continuity which is liked by fans get quite complicated.Last year’s X-Men event X-Men: Schism happened at the same time with Fear Itself where wolveine was a center. Comic books deserve some respect, they at least have to follow some sense of continuity, and that all is spoiled after Marvel just to get some extra sales they decide to throw Logan on the cover, it certainly would get fans angry and unsatisfied with lot of question marks.

With a level of insecurity surrounding the comics industry in current times, there is some logic as to why Marvel sticks Wolverine in anything they can,may be because when a newcomer comes with an idea of buying a comic book for the first time they dont know most of the characters so they go with the obvious names like Batman and Wolverine. At times Mavel sticks with him in major storyline without giving in any significance. Eg. Wolverine could easily be removed from Fear Itself or the main Avengers series. Especially since the character’s lost the appeal he had. His origin has been explored and explored over and over again, taking away the original appeal that went with the character.  Why include him in two Avengers titles, if fan favourite characters like Bucky Barnes and Hawkeye are going to get pushed aside? It’s frustrating and stupid.

It also makes people frustrated how Wolverine continuously stars in X-Men movies when Marvel and Fox studios can move forward with projects for other characters. Fox have the rights for The Fantastic 4 and Daredevil. It’s about time they use them, instead of giving us more mediocre Wolverine origin movies . Or at least maybe expand on the Wolverine mythos, and give us a movie based on his son Daken,Who have became a far edgier, more compelling character than his father in recent years.Also the Deadpool movie in works for almost 3 years needs to be released now following with a R Rated X-Force movie or a Cable origin movie.They already spoiled three X-Men movies just to hype that Character and forcefully threw in his cameo in X-Men First Class. Also Hugh Jackman adds a tone of his own to that character and doesn’t satisfies the fanboys as the qualities of Wolverine. Wolverine in comics is short blood thirsty mutant while Hugh Jackman is a tall mysterious guy who who doesn’t has the thirst to kill instead more of a military strategist and a savior.I nowadays prefer Tom Hardy more as a likely wolverine than Jackman.

Wolverine’s days are over now. There are far better characters deserving of the attention and popularity Wolverine has. If he is removed from the Avengers line up then it would become clear why he is much better with X-Men than the attention he is getting. Perhaps now the Avengers movie draws near, we might see a more classic Avengers line up without him.