History Film / Underworld

3rd Nov '17 5:12:11 PM MatthewRenn
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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The city that the films are set in not only doesn't conform to any one location, but the ''continent'' that it's on can't even be conclusively determined. Characters speak with a mix of American, British and European accents, while the city contains a mix of North American and European characteristics in the vehicles (Mercedes police cruisers alongside large Ford sedans) and architecture. The first movie shows German and Hungarian words in Michael's address, the second movie has Russian or Eastern European cops going after Michael (when he tried to eat normal food) and the fourth movie seems to be set up in either a Future American City or an AirstripOne Expy. Notice that in all movies, vehicle license plates resemble those used in European Union countries sans the country indicator. The novels try to claim that everything takes place in Budapest and the surrounding area. The Russian truck driver in ''Evolution'' was driving home after making a delivery.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The city that the films are set in not only doesn't conform to any one location, but the ''continent'' that it's on can't even be conclusively determined. Characters speak with a mix of American, British and European accents, while the city contains a mix of North American and European characteristics in the vehicles (Mercedes police cruisers alongside large Ford sedans) and architecture. The first movie shows German and Hungarian words in Michael's address, the second movie has Russian or Eastern European Hungarian-speaking cops going after Michael (when he tried to eat normal food) as well as several extras speaking French, and the fourth movie seems to be set up in either a Future American City or an AirstripOne Expy. Notice that in all movies, vehicle license plates resemble those used in European Union countries sans the country indicator. The novels try to claim that everything takes place in Budapest and the surrounding area.area, but this is contradicted the the presence of large bodies of water in ''Evolution'' and ''Awakening''. The Russian truck driver in ''Evolution'' was driving home after making a delivery. The fifth film gives some context by having its third act explicitly set in Scandinavia, but otherwise does little to clarify the series' central location.
** Looking at the filming locations only muddles things up even more. To note, the first film was shot in Budapest, the second and fourth films in Vancouver, the third film in New Zealand, and the fifth film in Prague.
5th Oct '17 2:58:43 AM ultimomant
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* BadBoss: Marius has no qualms about using his own men as [[HumanShield lycan shields]] against vampire gunfire. Semira also has a habit of treating [[TheDragon Varga]] like a mixture of dumb muscle and sex slave despite him being neither. [[spoiler:This [[TheDogBitesBack bites her in the ass]] later on.]]

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* BadBoss: Marius has no qualms about using his own men as [[HumanShield lycan shields]] against vampire gunfire. This is incredibly callous considering Marius is immune to silver and can quickly heal from being shot, while his men are not immune to silver and die as a result. Semira also has a habit of treating [[TheDragon Varga]] like a mixture of dumb muscle and sex slave despite him being neither. [[spoiler:This [[TheDogBitesBack bites her in the ass]] later on.]]
5th Oct '17 1:54:13 AM ultimomant
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''Underworld: Red in Tooth and Claw'' (2004) is a non-canon comic (it contradicts ''Rise of the Lycans'') that shows a different take on how Raze became a Lycan and Lucian's right hand man.
4th Oct '17 6:20:17 PM ultimomant
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''Underworld: Blood Enemy'' (2004) is a non-canon novel that shows a different take on the origin of the Lycan rebellion. It then continues to the modern day where a vengeful Lycan named Leyba runs afoul of both Lucian and Selene.

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''Underworld: Blood Enemy'' (2004) is a non-canon novel (it contradicts several details in ''Evolution'' and ''Rise of the Lycans'', which were made after it was written) that shows a different take on the origin of the Lycan rebellion. It then continues to the modern day where a vengeful Lycan named Leyba runs afoul of both Lucian and Selene.
3rd Oct '17 10:45:18 PM ultimomant
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''Underworld: Blood Enemy'' (2004) is a non-canon novel that shows a different take on the origin of the Lycan rebellion. It then continues to the modern day where a vengeful Lycan named Leyba runs afoul of both Lucian and Selene.

''Underworld: Endless War'' (2011) is a three part animated film where Selene battles three Lycan brothers in 1890, 1967, and 2012.
30th Sep '17 12:54:55 AM ultimomant
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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:The human doctor that took care of Subject 2 gets a NeckSnap for her troubles, administered by Quinn on Lang's order.]]

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:The human doctor that took care of Subject 2 gets a NeckSnap for her troubles, administered by Quinn Quint on Lang's order.]]



* AbnormalAmmo: This feature receives a strange treatment in ''Blood Wars''. The lycans are shown to still have access to UV ammo, yet when actual combat breaks out, they never use anything but bog-standard bullets against the vampires. The only UV rounds we see in action in the whole movie are fired by a vampire of all things ([[spoiler:Varga uses them to slaughter at least two dozen aspiring Deathdealers and pin the blame on Selene]]). In a later blink-and-you-miss-it moment during a LockAndLoadMontage one can glimpse a Deathdealer who's about to fight lycans load his gun with UV rounds for... reasons.
* AbortedArc: A big part of ''Awakening's'' story revolved around humanity's genocidal war of extinction against both vampires and werewolves. Come ''Blood Wars'' which appears to take place only a few years later, this conflict doesn't get more than the most fleeting mention. Humans merrily go about their daily business in blissful ignorance and the two supernatural species are back to waging their centuries-old war like they did in the first two movies, and with massive numbers to boot.
** It's possible that they believe the 'Infection' is over - they believed Lycans to be extinct during ''Awakening'' and the Vampires may have gotten smarter about keeping their activities hidden. Selene and David are also immune to sunlight and so can blend in very easily the humans.

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* AbnormalAmmo: This feature receives a strange treatment in ''Blood Wars''. The lycans are shown to still have access to UV ammo, yet when actual combat breaks out, they never use anything but bog-standard bullets against the vampires. The only UV rounds we see in action in the whole movie are fired by a vampire of all things ([[spoiler:Varga uses them to slaughter at least two dozen aspiring Deathdealers and pin the blame on Selene]]).Selene]]) and later by Marius, which is ineffectual because David is immune to sunlight. In a later blink-and-you-miss-it moment during a LockAndLoadMontage one can glimpse a Deathdealer who's about to fight lycans load his gun with UV rounds for... reasons.
* AbortedArc: A big part of ''Awakening's'' story revolved around humanity's genocidal war of extinction against both vampires and werewolves. Come ''Blood Wars'' which appears to take place only a few years later, this conflict doesn't get more than the most fleeting mention. Humans merrily go about their daily business in blissful ignorance and the two supernatural species are back to waging their centuries-old war like they did in the first two movies, and with massive numbers to boot.
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boot. It's possible that they believe the 'Infection' is over - they believed Lycans to be extinct during ''Awakening'' and the Vampires may have gotten smarter about keeping their activities hidden. Selene and David are also immune to sunlight and so can blend in very easily the humans.



* AgonyOfTheFeet: Selene shoots the Lycan mook Gregor in both feet.



* DaywalkingVampire: What Semira plans to become when she discovers that Selene and David are immune to sunlight. [[spoiler:During the near end of the film, she drinks Selene's blood that she had drained from her during Selene's temporary imprisonment, and when she battles David, one of the protective screens on the compounds windows opens and she is bathed in sunlight without any harm. However, she doesn't get to live long enough to enjoy her newfound immunity, as she becomes too distracted in her amazement that David runs his sword through the back of her head.]]

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* DaywalkingVampire: DaywalkingVampire:
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What Semira plans to become when she discovers that Selene and David are immune to sunlight. [[spoiler:During the near end of the film, she drinks Selene's blood that she had drained from her during Selene's temporary imprisonment, and when she battles David, one of the protective screens on the compounds windows opens and she is bathed in sunlight without any harm. However, she doesn't get to live long enough to enjoy her newfound immunity, as she becomes too distracted in her amazement that David runs his sword through the back of her head.]]



* YouHaveFailedMe: Surprisingly averted. Twice. For the same mook. To elaborate: [[spoiler:Only one of the dozen lycans Marius tasks with capturing Selene returns to deliver her message. Marius is understandably pissed at their failure, but instead of delivering the usual treatment, he merely manhandles the guy a bit before walking off. The same mook then gets a second chance to apprehend Selene, only to be forced to report that she was already gone when the lycans arrived. Again, Marius lets him live. This valiant mook later charges David and gets swatted away like a fly, but it's quite likely he survived that, which might well put him into MauveShirt territory]].

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* YouHaveFailedMe: YouHaveFailedMe:
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Surprisingly averted. Twice. For the same mook. To elaborate: [[spoiler:Only one of the dozen lycans Marius tasks with capturing Selene Selene, Gregor, returns to deliver her message. Marius is understandably pissed at their failure, but instead of delivering the usual treatment, he merely manhandles the guy a bit before walking off. The same mook then gets a second chance to apprehend Selene, only to be forced to report that she was already gone when the lycans arrived. Again, Marius lets him live. This valiant mook later charges David and gets swatted away like a fly, but it's quite likely he survived that, which might well put him into MauveShirt territory]].
29th Jul '17 4:19:21 PM eroock
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* CarCushion: A lethal version when Selene [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness drops the scientist]] after her HighAltitudeInterrogation and he crashes onto a car.


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* ForcedFriendlyFire: During her escape from the lab, Selene uses a guard's gun to shoot another guard.


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* OffBridgeOntoVehicle: Selene escapes the lab by jumping from a window onto a truck that's passing by below.
28th Jul '17 7:40:37 AM eroock
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* CensorSteam: Copious amounts get used on Selene as she breaks out of her cryogenic chamber and is lying on the floor naked for at least a minute before she gets up to retrieve her gear. All the while, not a single "naughty bit" was seen.



* SensorSteam: Selene emerges naked from her pod but steam covers up her delicate parts.
27th Jul '17 6:21:13 PM eroock
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* HighAltitudeInterrogation: While Selene is escaping the lab, a scientist orders his troops not to fire on her, in the hopes of following her to "Subject 2". Later, Selene holds him out a window and interrogates him. After he reveals what he knows, he protests, "I was the one who let you go!" She replies, "[[PreMortemOneLiner I guess this makes us even]]," and [[UnhandThemVillain lets go]] of the scientist.

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* HighAltitudeInterrogation: While Selene is [[EscapedFromTheLab escaping the lab, lab]], a scientist orders his troops not to fire on her, in the hopes of following her to "Subject 2". Later, Selene holds him out a window and interrogates him. After he reveals what he knows, he protests, "I was the one who let you go!" She replies, "[[PreMortemOneLiner I guess this makes us even]]," and [[UnhandThemVillain lets go]] of the scientist.
27th Jul '17 6:20:47 PM eroock
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* EscapedFromTheLab: Selene and her daughter Eve escape from a high security research facility, with a body count that reminds of Lucy's escape in ''Manga/ElfenLied''.


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* SeeingThroughAnothersEyes: Apparently, Selene can see through the eyes of her daughter.
* SensorSteam: Selene emerges naked from her pod but steam covers up her delicate parts.
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