Look, I get it: The Underworld movies have a following. I even enjoy them from time to time because they appeal to the basic needs of a movie buff to see vampires fight werewolves with guns because of reasons. But was there ever actually demand for a reboot? You know what, no, let me ask the more important question: Was there ever actually demand for another movie after the last one was just…not fun at all?
Let’s get down to brass tacks, shall we? Len Wiseman just isn’t that good of a director and at this point Hollywood knows it. Die Hard was a well thought of franchise before he came along and decided that the thing the fourth Die Hard movie needed was a blue filter thrown on every friggin’ shot. The blue filter looks great on Underworld…not on John McClain. He’s not that creative, either. This guy clearly just took everything he liked about The Matrix, threw in some vampires and werewolves and came up with every 13 year old boy’s dream action franchise.
Here’s the thing about reboots, and why Hollywood’s reboot spree is almost entirely pointless in my opinion (with exception to a select few properties) : You should really only reboot something that lends itself to such. There’s a reason why we see Batman, Spider-Man, Frankenstein, and so many other iconic characters rebooted again and again. That reason is because those are characters with premises that are simple enough to sum up in one to two sentences and can be interpreted to death. You can walk away for twenty seconds and immediately come up with a new take on them that makes you go “Aha! Here’s a new way to present it that honors what came before while breaking new ground!” Underworld is a franchise that was designed for its specific moment and doesn’t really reach beyond that moment. Selene is a wooden character and her romance with Michael is exactly the same.
It’s hard to argue that Underworld is an “original” property. It would be easy to say that a reboot could probably be an improvement on the series and possibly even bring some depth. But why would Hollywood want to waste the time and effort on reinventing a franchise that wasn’t that original to begin with?