Box art for Underworld: Evolution

Underworld: Evolution

action & adventure, drama, horror

Kate Beckinsale is back as vampire heroine Selene in the highly anticipated sequel to Underworld.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Hyper-violent and absolutely not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film features incessant, stylized, and graphic violence. Modes of death and injury include decapitation, disembowelment, dismemberment, piercing, crossbowing, impaling, chopping, and shooting, as well as slamming with trucks and jeeps, massive fiery explosions, biting and ripping with fangs, digging into chest cavities, and penetrating limbs, torsos, and heads with spearlike wingtips. Motivations include vengeance and power-madness. Selene uses a truck to slam a vampire into a mountainside repeatedly, a chopper with whirring blades serves to splatter a villain excessively. A sex scene features slow motion naked bodies in softlit profile. Some drinking in a tavern, some blood-drinking in a wineglass, smoking in the background of a couple of scenes; one scene features explicit vomiting. Characters curse occasionally ("hell," s-word, and f-word, one rendered in subtitle).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's representation of race differences. If the vampires and lycans are descended from the same father, as revealed in this film's mythology, their centuries-long battle seems especially tragic and futile. How might the hybrid characters -- both the werewolf/vampire mix Michael and the new breed Selene becomes -- hold a hope for a future not premised on race-warring? And how does the franchise simultaneously depend on fight imagery: blood, body parts, stomach-churning violence?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: There's no guiding power at work here; it's Evolution without a shred of intelligent design.

- Ben Kenigsberg, Village Voice, Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Rotten: This is one of the more maddening franchises going right now, because so much potential is being wasted by director Len Wiseman, who cant seem to get the formula right.

- Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review, Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Rotten: As with Underworld: Evolution's 2003 predecessor, you leave the theatre feeling as if the filmmakers are still back there, with PowerPoint flow charts, explaining the flashback-intensive plotline ...

- Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly, Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Loved this movie.. The kids love vampire movies.. So this was a must see in this house..

- LWOODS04, Tuesday, March 2, 2010

3 stars


- 3niR, Wednesday, January 27, 2010

5 stars

Underworld Evolution does a really great thing that not too many sequels do, it just picks up right where the first one left off. We see the repercussions of everything that happened and get to see a lot of new characters and are introduced to knew background as a result. In many ways, this is superior to the first movie in that it just has such a great sense of pacing and timing. Every scene has its purpose and all of the throw-away set pieces just sort've vanish. Kate Beckinsale's Seline is even more cool this time around and seems to be doing more and more outlandish stunts and gunplay. We also get to see a little bit more of Michael and why he's such an important element to the overall story. However, it's the vengeful Marcus who becomes the main focus of the plot. His unwillingness to stop and destroy any chance of happiness is like watching a tanker truck plow into a barn; it's going to get through one way or another. Now for this sequel, there was a conscious effort to make it part of what I assume will be a three act story eventually. The end of this movie ends with one great finale and the promise of something much bigger in the future. This is a great series and one that most people seem to enjoy for the right reasons. It's a movie that doesn't talk down to its audience, but creates logical situations and plot devices. This sequel had an even better looking design and made you feel as if you were right in the action.

- ythelastman89, Tuesday, May 31, 2011