||[Feb. 5th, 2006|01:24 pm]
I saw this last night, and I am still not ready for this level of violence. Granted, you can see almost this much on network TV nowadays, but I'm not sure the world is a better place for this sort of gore party.|
I guess I'm supposed to take it as cartoonish -- obviously, it's not a documentary when you can empty a clip from an automatic weapon into a guy's face and it just pisses him off. But for me, 'Underworld Evolution' seemed like "ROTTEN.COM: THE MOVIE." I had a similar reaction to "Sin City," and to a lesser extent "Kill Bill." Somewhere along the line, graphic, sadistic violence has become a norm of sort, to the point where nothing I'd hear or read about "Underworld Evolution" even mentioned it being anything more than "dark."
As for the plot of Underworld Evolution, well there is one, but I was pretty much lost while I was watching it, and puzzled out what was going on after the fact. The movie is driven by fast-paced, brutish slasher battles, so much so that during the love scene, when both parties looked most human, I was bored, and wanted them to get back to it, even though the slaughtering and bleeding and impaling & such made me queasy.
Oh well, I'm showing my age. I guess if you grow up with this stuff, you've made that essential disconnect between on-screen violence and the real world. I just have all too easy a time imagining how much being impaled on a vampire's wing-claw would hurt.