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Underworld: Evolution is a 2006 American action horror film directed by Len Wiseman. The film is a sequel to the 2003 film, Underworld, and the second installment in the Underworld franchise. The plot follows Selene and Michael, again played by Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman, respectively, as they fight to protect the Corvinus bloodline from its hidden past.
In 1202, an army led by the three vampire elders (Markus, Viktor, and Amelia) arrives at a village full of Werewolves and capture their target: Markus s twin brother, William Corvinus, the first and most powerful werewolf. Despite Markus s defiance, Viktor orders that William be imprisoned in a secret location forever.
In the present day, Markus awakens and kills regent Kraven. Alexander Corvinus, A.K.A Lorenz Macaro, the forefather to both the vampire and Lycan races, sends in a team of cleaners to investigate the aftermath from the battle in the Lycans lair. Macaro examines Viktor s corpse and finds a metal disc inside; it is the match to a pendant originally worn by Sonja. Micheal obtained the other half of the pendant after the death of Lucian.
Meanwhile, vampiress Selene takes Michael to a safe house. Using the knowledge obtained from Kraven s blood, Markus tracks the pair down and attacks them, but they escape and hide in a warehouse. That night, Selene recalls seeing the pendant as a child, but does not know its significance. Wanting to know why Markus wants it, the two travel to the hideout of the exiled vampire historian Andreas Tanis.
Tanis reveals that Markus was the first vampire, one of the three sons of Macaro, the first immortal. Markus was bitten by a bat and metamorphosed into a vampire, while William was bitten by a wolf and became a werewolf. The third son remained human and gave rise to a line of mortal descendants including Michael, who turned into the first Lycan-Vampire hybrid. The first werewolves created by William were entirely animal and unable to return to their human forms. Due to William s destructiveness, Markus approached Viktor, then a dying mortal warlord, and offered to turn him and his army into vampires in exchange for tracking down and stopping William, and in destroying those he had infected. Tanis further reveals that Selene s father was the architect who built William s prison and that the pendant is the key. Viktor killed Selene s family because they knew the prison s location, but made Selene into a vampiress with the location of the prison encoded in her blood. After Selene and Michael leave, Markus arrives and drinks Tanis blood to learn Selene and Michael s location, killing Tanis.
Selene and Michael visit Macaro, who refuses to assist Selene in killing his sons. Markus arrives, fights Michael and impales him. He learns the location of William s prison by drinking Selene s blood, mortally wounds his father and obtains the other half of the pendant. He intends, with William, to rule the world as the god-like master of a race of vampire-Lycan hybrids. On Macaro s bidding, Selene drinks his blood, enhancing her physical strength and healing abilities to a level equivalent to that of a hybrid. Afterwards, Macaro blows up his ship, killing himself.
Selene, aboard Macaro s helicopter, leads his cleaners to the prison to kill Markus, who has already freed William. In the ensuing battle, William bites the cleaners turns them into werewolves. Michael, presumed dead, awakens and joins the fight, killing William by ripping his head off. Selene battles Markus and kills him by pushing him into the rotor blades of the cleaners crashed helicopter.
After the battle, Selene realizes that Alexander s blood granted her hybrid abilities, including being immune to the effects of sunlight, which is lethal to vampires.
- Kate Beckinsale as Selene Lily Mo Sheen as young Selene
- Lily Mo Sheen as young Selene
- Scott Speedman as Michael Corvin
- Tony Curran as Markus Corvinus
- Derek Jacobi as Alexander Corvinus/Lorenz Macaro
- Steven Mackintosh as Andreas Tanis
- Shane Brolly as Kraven
- Bill Nighy as Viktor
- Zita Görög as Amelia
- Brian Steele as William Corvinus
- Andrew Kavadas as Selene s Father
- Kayla Levins as Selene s Sister
- John Mann as Samuel
The film opened at #1 on 3,207 screens with a weekend box office (January 20–22, 2006) of $26.9 million, for an average of $8,388 per theater. As of March 12, 2006, the film had grossed a total of $62.3 million in the United States and $111.3 million worldwide.
As of August 31, 2021, Underworld: Evolution has a 17% overall approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 104 reviews. The site s consensus reads, A visual and aural assault on the senses, this vampire-werewolf sequel makes a lot of noise and features a heavy-handed, overly convoluted story. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of B+ on an A+ to F scale. A few scenes of the film were shown in a panel at Comic-Con in San Diego, in July 2005; however, these scenes did not contain any plot spoilers of the script, with attendees only being informed about the new hybrids by production designer Patrick Tatopoulos. The preview was well-received as hundreds of fans waited hours to see a clip of the film, as well as Kate Beckinsale and the other stars.
Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times criticized the film s steel-blue filter and described it as a monotonous barrage of computer-generated fur and fangs. Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle began his review by saying, you can tell that Underworld: Evolution is trying to be an artistic action-horror film, because every scene is bathed in the color blue, going on to say that the film is an admirable attempt to test the boundaries of the genre, though is confusing and not fun to watch.
|Underworld: Evolution – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Released||January 10, 2006|
|Genre||Alternative rock, alternative metal, post-hardcore, industrial, nu metal, metalcore, gothic metal|
|Producer||Skip Williamson, Brain McNelis & Len Wiseman|
|1.||The Undertaker (Renholdër Mix)||Puscifer||3:57|
|2.||Morning After (Julien-K Remix)||Chester Bennington||4:14|
|3.||Where Can I Stab Myself in the Ears? (The Legion of Doom Remix)||Hawthorne Heights||3:58|
|4.||To the End (RnR Cheryl Mix)||My Chemical Romance||3:12|
|5.||Vermillion, Pt. 2 (Bloodstone Mix)||Slipknot||3:39|
|6.||Burn (Alleged Remix)||Alkaline Trio||4:02|
|7.||The Last Sunrise (Dusk Mix)||Aiden||3:55|
|8.||Bite to Break Skin (The Legion of Doom Remix)||Senses Fail||4:08|
|9.||Her Portrait in Black||Atreyu||4:02|
|10.||Washing Away Me in the Tides||Trivium||3:47|
|12.||Our Truth||Lacuna Coil||4:04|
|13.||Cat People (Putting Out Fire)||Gosling||5:01|
|14.||Why Are You Up||Bobby Gold||3:10|
|15.||Suicide||Meat Beat Manifesto||3:14|
|16.||HW2 (Cover of Halloween II , originally recorded by Samhain)||Cradle of Filth||3:38|
|Underworld: Evolution (Original Score)|
|Film score by
|Released||February 28, 2006|
|Producer||Skip Williamson, Brain McNelis & Len Wiseman|
|Underworld film series score album chronology|
|2.||Ol Timey Music||4:58|
|5.||Safehouse 2 Crypt||4:12|
|7.||Corvin s Cruisin Crypt||3:11|
|9.||Mike to Tavern||1:30|
|10.||Mikey Doesn t Like It||3:13|
|11.||Cue de Cilantro||2:15|
|14.||Marcus Hits Snooze||0:50|
|15.||Beware of Dog||3:53|
|18.||Marcus Taps Tannis||2:08|
|20.||Alexander Can Help||1:02|
|21.||He Is My Sonshine||1:31|
|22.||Heli – Ride||3:36|
|23.||William s Castle||2:54|
|24.||Selene, Willie & Marcus||3:36|
|25.||Trying to Kill Will||0:59|
|26.||Kill Will 2||2:10|
|27.||Marcus Trumped Again||1:33|
|29.||Something I Can Never Have (performed by Flyleaf; cover of the original record of Nine Inch Nails)||4:57|
|30.||EracTou (performed by Cevin Key & Ken Marshall)||3:19|
The film was released on DVD on June 6, 2006, and later on Blu-ray.
Prequel and sequel
The next film in the series, the prequel Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, depicted the background history that led to the Vampire-Lycan War of the first and second films. A fourth and fifth film, the sequels to Underworld: Evolution, titled Underworld: Awakening and Underworld: Blood Wars, were released on January 20, 2012 and January 6, 2017, respectively.
|Plot||Picking up directly from the previous movie, vampire warrior Selene and the half werewolf Michael hunt for clues to reveal the history of their races and the war between them.|
|Awards||Awards, 2 wins & 6 nominations|
|Writers||Danny McBride, Len Wiseman, Kevin Grevioux|
|Stars||Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy|
|Produced by||David Coatsworth,Kevin Grevioux,Gary Lucchesi,Danny McBride,Terry McKay,James McQuaide,Tom Rosenberg,Skip Williamson,Henry Winterstern,Len Wiseman,Richard S. Wright|
|Music by||Marco Beltrami|
|Cinematography by||Simon Duggan|
|Film Editing by||Nicolas De Toth|
|Casting By||Deborah Aquila,Jennifer L. Smith,Tricia Wood|
|Production Design by||Patrick Tatopoulos|
|Art Direction by||Chris August|
|Set Decoration by||Lin MacDonald|
|Costume Design by||Wendy Partridge|
|Makeup Department||Merribelle Anderson,Susan Boyd,Rosalina Da Silva,Joel Echallier,Mike Fields,Thomas Floutz,Bruce Spaulding Fuller,Céline Godeau,Rachel Griffin,Brian Hillard,Thom MacIntyre,Mike Manzel,Teresa A. Meyer,Holland Miller,Amy Mills,Cristina Patterson,Marcine Peter,Christopher Mark Pinhey,Geoff Redknap,Gina Sherritt,Adina Shore,Vasilios Tanis,Monique Venier,Juliana Vit,Stevi Williams,Greyson R. Wolf|
|Production Management||Bridget Allen,David Coatsworth,Ramjasha Rhodes,Jim Rowe|
|Second Unit Director or Assistant Director||David R. Baron,Misha Bukowski,Michael Collins,Sam Harris,Libby Hodgson,Shelley Kreutz,Kevin Leeson,Brad Martin,Shannon Pratt,Andrew M. Robinson,Greg Zenon|
|Art Department||Dale Allen,Jonathan Bell,Brent Bennett,Wayne Berarducci,Michael A. Billings,John T. Boe,Brenda Borrowman,Keith Burk,John Burke,Charlie Campbell,Maureen Carey,Lubor Cencak,Andy Chung,Vance Conway,Trevor Curley,Denis DeChamplain,Heather Douglas,Paul Duffy,Jason Edwards,John Fedorek,Allan Galajda,Antonio Germinario,Kenny Gibbs,Dinesh Gill,Neall C. Halingten,Jason Hawkins,Vance Irvine,Douglas Jang,Philip Jean,Franziska Keller,James Kilcher,Barry Kootchin,Ray Raygun Lai,Jason B. Landels,Ed Lee,Janis Lee,Franklin Leibel,Jaydene Maryk,Max Matsuoka,James Robert McGill,Sam McMaster,Bob Miloglav,Reuel Minard,Mark Moretti,Denyse Nelson,Matt O Donnell,Larry Osland,Reno Pellegrin,Peter Prince,Tom Robertson,Guy Roland,Ken Sawatzky,Daniel Scarcello,Brian Shell,Valerie Shmakin,Dan Sissons,Valery Sokolovski,Wyatt Soutzo,Peter Sysoev,Mecca Thornhill,Michael Toby,Sergei Traschenko,Adrien Van Viersen,Paolo G. Venturi,Paul Wagner,Ross Wahl,Gene Warren III,Ken Watson,Robert White,Sean Will,Chris Wills,Martin Wing,Maurice Woodworth,Gary Young,Dragan Zaric,Milena Zdravkovic,Louise DeGagne|
|Sound Department||Brad Beaumont,Ron Bedrosian,John Bires,Andy Bishop,Bryan Bowen,Mark Camperell,Julio Carmona,John T. Cucci,Patrick Cusack,Dino Dimuro,Frank Fleming,Nick Foley,Scott Martin Gershin,Nerses Gezalyan,Peter Gleaves,Jeff Glueck,Detlef Halaski,Michael Hertlein,David Husby,Daniel S. Irwin,Chris Jenkins,Michael Kamper,Larry Kemp,Greg LaPlante,Frank A. Montaño,James Moriana,Dan O Connell,Charles O Shea,Mark Ormandy,Clint Richardson,Trevor Ward,Tim Webb,Jeffrey Wilhoit,David Young,Peter Zinda|
|Special Effects by||David Beneke,Chris Bignell,Julia Bogdan-Rollo,Claude Bouchard,Marilee Canaga,A. Robert Capwell,Phillip Carrott,Dan Cervin,Bonnie Chesney,Diana Choi,Jon Dawe,Mike Dobbin,Bruce Allan Donnellan,Robert Falck,Bill Fesh,Adrian Fisher,Thomas Floutz,Bruce Spaulding Fuller,Ryan Garcia,David Grasso,Robinson Green,Cleve Gunderman,John Halfmann,Garnet Harry,Moto Hata,Ursula Hawks,Dar Hicks,Guy Himber,Darnell Isom,Josef Joebstel,Carol Jones,Karen Keener,Alistair King,Allison Klein,Audrey Klein,Junko Komori,Charles Kuzela,Dave Lane,Don Lanning,Mike Larivee,Don Leask,Mi Kyung Lee,Eric Lemay,Russell Lukich,Amber Meno,Mike Menzel,Scott Millenbaugh,Eric Milner,Kevin Mohlman,Bryan Moore,Sylvia Nava,Stef Nico,Ken Niederbaumer,Phil Notaro,Tim Phoenix,Anshuman Prasad,Brian Rae,Forrest Sandefer,Randy Shymkiw,David Smith,Patrick Tatopoulos,Adam Tayler,Laurel Taylor,Corie Tornack,Scott R. Treliving,Patricia Urias,Attila Vaski,A.J. Venuto,Andrew Verhoeven,Michael S. Vincent,Mark Viniello,Hill Vinot,Al Waldron,Steve Wang,Lynne Watson,Joel Whist,George Willis,David Beneke,Dimitri Timohovich,Rebecca Timohovich,A.J. Venuto|
|Visual Effects by||Erika Abrams,Dan Akers,Brad Alexander,Bridget Allen,Ted Andre,Van Andrews,Jeff Barnes,Lloyd Lee Barnett,Gary E. Beach,Karel Benes,Artaya Boonsoong,Kamolrat Boonsoong,Alex Brownell,Donald Campbell,Alex Cancado,George Carlston,Merlin Carroll,Andy Chih-Jen Chang,Joseph M. Chiechi,Vincent Cirelli,Danny Clark,Erin M. Cullen,Kevin Curtin,Ken Dackermann,Justin Daneman,Francisco DeLaTorre,Steve Dellerson,Ralph Denson,Chad Dombrova,Scott Dougherty,Amy Duarte,Robert Duncan,David Ebner,Laura Florence,Ron Frankel,Vicki Galloway-Weimer,Christopher Grandel,Monty Granito,Cameron Gray,Lindsay Hallett,Keith Hamakawa,H Haden Hammond,Pam Hammond,Trevor Harder,Niles Harrison,James David Hattin,John R. Hazzard,David Heinz,Brent Hensarling,Frederic Heymans,Elizabeth Hill,Austin Hiser,Kara Holmstrom,Leslie Huntley,Richard Hurrey,Robert Hutchins,Cajun Hylton,Justin Johnson,Tim Keene,David Kintner,Wendy Klein,Derek Ledbetter,David Lingenfelser,Kevin Lingenfelser,Lawrence Littleton,David Lombardi,Blaine Lougheed,David Luong,Lap Van Luu,Tony Magaletta,Tim Matney,Artin Matousian,James McQuaide,Stephen Mitchell,Oliver Moore,Glenn Morris,Cliff Mueller,Richard Murken,Kyle Muscarella,Ben Neall,Karl Nettmann,Ian Noe,Tony Noel,Sean O Connor,Kim O Donnell,Mike Ocoboc,Hiroyuki Okubo,Gary Oldroyd,Miguel Ortega,Desi Ortiz,Raphael A. Pimentel,Pavel Pranevsky,Olivier Pron,Kevin Quatman,Chris Radcliffe,Andrew Rawling,Burke Roane,Trey Roane,Aaron Robinson,Nathan Robinson,Michael Roderick,Greg Rodin,Stephanie Rogers,Christopher Sage,Deb Santosa,Arthur Sarkisian,Jeremy Sawyer,David Schoneveld,Cole Schreiber,Chris Serenil,Ahmed Shehata,Terry Shigemitsu,Mark Shoaf,Payam Shohadai,Andrew Shuford,Joey Sila,Andrew Sinagra,Thanapoom Siripopungul,Tiffany Smith Llorens,Anthony Smith,Damon Snyder,William Christopher Stephens,Glen Suhy,Daniel Sunwoo,Steven Swanson,Bryan Taylor,Jason Thielen,Ryan Thompson,Syria Toliver,Dana Townsend,Matthew Tremaglio,Michael Vaglienty,Alexander Vegh,John Velazquez,Nathan Walker,Gene Warren III,Gene Warren Jr.,Christopher Warren,Neil Weatherley,Susan M. Weeks,Shannon Wegner,O.D. Welch,Matt Westrup,Scott Williston,Johnny Wilson,Rick Won,Chris Wood,Jason Yanofsky,Joshua Zacharias,Joseph A. Zaki,Christian Zeh,Daniel E. Zobrist,Peter Zoppi,Brian Openshaw,Danny Torres|
|Stunts||Charles Andre,Nickolas Baric,Loyd Bateman,Shawn Beaton,Claude Bouchard,Rob Sluggo Boyce,Nick Brandon,Jason Calder,Yves Cameron,Kirk Caouette,Clint Carleton,Richard Cetrone,Douglas Chapman,James M. Churchman,Keith Splinter Davis,Colin Decker,Mike Desabrais,Tom Erickson,Caroline Field,Monique Ganderton,Corry Glass,Jason Glass,Christopher Gordon,Mike Gunther,Greg Hanson,Adrian Hein,Dave Hospes,Ernie Jackson,Trevor Jones,Dave Lane,Gary Lauder,David Leitch,John MacDonald,Mike Mitchell,Mike Mukatis,Scott Nicholson,Gerald Paetz,Chris Palermo,Nicole Randall,Jeffrey C. Robinson,Justin Sain,Chad Sayn,Darryl Scheelar,Greg Schlosser,Todd Schneider,Todd Scott,Brandon Sebek,Dan Shea,Grant Smith,Lori Stewart,Sylvesta Stuart,Ty Trand,Clay Virtue,Danny Virtue,Mike Vézina,Owen Walstrom,Ryan Watson,Chris Webb,Paul Wu,Bobby C. King,Brad Martin|
|Camera and Electrical Department||Steven A. Adelson,Paul Arnel,Sandes Ashe,Keith Brooks,Warren Bruce,Jimmy Bruckner,Terry Calhoun,Tom Chen,Wayne Woody Cone,Scott Cozens,David Crone,Douglas Curran,Rick Dean,Ken Decker,John Dekker,Glen A. Dickson,Ishi Dinim,Underworld Evolution,Gareth Farfan,Paul Farley,Paul V. Ferrazzi,Jim Filippone,Dean Friss,Mark Gordon,Ralph Guttman,Wilf Guttmann,Kevin Haggerty,Sean M. Harding,Jason Haycock,Hollywood Heard,Manny Hernandez,Rick Hopper,Bruno Huber,H. Christopher Hunter,Stephen Jackson,Dennis Jones,Simon Jori,David Joshi,James Kantola,Renee Kayon,Gene Keigher,Rick Kramer,David Kurvers,Doug Lavender,Robert Leverett,Tony Magaletta,Álex Martínez,Taylor Matheson,Marty McInally,Saubrie Mohamed,Patrick Moore,Todd England Nicodemus,Craig Nix,Kim Olsen,Jos Oman,Dylan Paul,Brian Pearson,Kenny Ratliff,Rainy Rau,Chuck Reid,Wally Rowell,Jayson Rupert,Jim Salazar,Leon Serginson,Bryce Shaw,Jason Sidore,Richard Sinclair,Andrew Spencer-Phillips,Tom Stanger,Shawn Stoddard,Adam Sudtell,Tony Thorpe,Jason Tidsbury,Christopher Warren,Jason Weir,John Westerlaken,Carrie Wilson,Vincent Wrenn,Michael Wrinch|
|Casting Department||Stephanie Boeke,Susan Taylor Brouse,Lynne Carrow,Larkin MacKenzie-Ast,Jennifer Ricchiazzi,Jennifer L. Smith|
|Costume and Wardrobe Department||Petra Bergholz,Debbie Humphreys,Patty Hunter,Jana MacDonald,Elizabeth Needham,Kia Porter,Michael Shire,Robert Valentine,Louise DeGagne|
|Editorial Department||James Andrykowski,Des Carey,Salvatore Catanzaro,Mike Chiado,Casey Dexter,Rob Doolittle,Siggy Ferstl,Allen Glass II,Stephanie Kessler,Jackie Lee,Gary Oldroyd,Franco Pante,Stephen R. Sheridan,Marilyn Sommer,Stefan Sonnenfeld,Ian Sullivan,Ian Turpen,Claudius Neal,Thor Roos|
|Location Management||Ken Brooker,Andrzej Dec-Williams,Kendrie Upton|
|Music Department||Marco Beltrami,Tiffany Biscayne,Tiger Cummings,Kory Kruckenberg,John Kurlander,Brian McNelis,Denise Okimoto,Phil A. Pinot,Darian Pollard,Robert Puff,Brandon Roberts,David Sabee,Buck Sanders,Rici J. Sentoures,Dennis Smith,Ceiri Torjussen,Marcus Trumpp,Max Windhalm,Scott Gutierrez,Sean Osborn|
|Script and Continuity Department||Earendil McNay,Portia Tickell|
|Transportation Department||Blue Angus,Dwayne Deverill,Nick Diomis,Don Dykens,Raymond Fairchild,Tim Fortin,Peter Grant,Dixie Halldorsen,Rick Harasyn,Dave Hetherington,James Kish,Rick Marcoux,Richard McKay,Allan Morgan,Michael Morpurgo,Neil Patten,Mike Porohowski,Rick Rasmussen,Peter Seppanen,Larry Tardif,Dale Tarrant,Cam Thomson,Bob Townsend,Chad Urquhart,Keith Waltho,Harley Ware,James Woolmer,Jack Wright|
|Additional Crew||Teresa Alvis,Marie Amenta,Ildiko Barritt,Ilsa Berg,Brian Bero,Leon Thomas Braun,Melanie Callaghan,A. Robert Capwell,Jody Chow,Yoojin Chung,Missy Coggiola,Gabriel Correa,Jason Crosby,Craig Dumont,Justin Elsworth,Neil Fellah,Steven Flegel,Shawn Flynn,Peter Foldy,Liam Ford,Rob Fournier,Warren Dean Fulton,Ryan Garcia,Grant Grabowski,Derick Green,Michael J. Harker,Michelle Harris,Joel Henry,Scott Herbst,Guy Himber,Mark Hoeppner,Lieve Jansen,Josef Joebstel,Kohl Jones,Randy Kennedy,Leslie Knoll,Nancy Kress,Natalie Lapointe,Breanne Larrett,Elizabeth Lawrence,Michele Lee,Steven J. Madonna,Mike Marshall,Brad Martin,Gary A. Martin,Sandra Matossi,Artin Matousian,April D. Matthews,Christie Mattull,Lee McNish,Tal Meirson,Aaron Meziere,W. Robert Millar,Hamish Miller,Eva Morgan,Lee Anne Muldoon,Sue Norman,Dana Phillips,Paulina Quaranta,Kirk Renard,Roberto Reyes,Darren Robertson,John Rollins,Paul Russell,Forrest Sandefer,Monica Sandstede,Kate Schriver,Andrew Shuford,Adrienne Sol,Ryan Steacy,Lorraine Stomperud,Jamie Reid Tait,Matt Towstyka,Debbie Van Dusen,Lisa Warren,Kyle Weldon,Barrie Wells,Roger Williams,Steve Woodley|
|Thanks||Robert Benun,Kee Kee Buckley|
|Genres||Action, Fantasy, Thriller|
|Companies||Screen Gems, Lakeshore Entertainment, Vancouver Film Studios|
|Languages||English, French, Hungarian|