REVIEW SUMMARY: Marcus, the last Vampire elder, is awake and he’s looking for our beloved Selene for some dark purpose. That pretty much sums up the whole movie. I think the Sony Picture website gives away more of the storyline so you can check that out if you had to know. I wish I hadn’t.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Sequel to the 2003 film of the same title with a so-so storyline. Feels like the same movie with more fighting, less talking, about the same amount of gunplay.
PROS: Kate Beckinsale, in her latex (or is that polyurethane?) suit as well as her birthday suit. Need I say more? I would have given 5 stars just for Kate, but the rest of the movie averaged it down to 2 stars.
CONS: Plot and continuity, or lack thereof.
BOTTOM LINE: Unless you’re a huge Kate Beckinsale fan, this is best saved for a DVD-rental. Even for a fan like me, I wished I had waited for the DVD that I would have bought anyway. Since it’s a sequel, it’s hard not to compare the two movies. While it tied off some of the plotlines, the movie just didn’t seem that cohesive. Perhaps, in my old age, movies with a stronger plot seems to sate my appetite more than one with a lot of action. So, I’m disappointed.
Long time readers know that it’s not genetically possible, for me, to diss a Kate Beckinsale movie. (Remember that nauseatingly glowing review that I gave Van Helsing? I can’t even bring myself to link it now because I’m so ashamed of it; you’ll just have to search for it on this site. Be careful, it might make you retch.) So I have to say that I’m, *sigh*, disappointed. After the first movie which introduced a very promising premise, I had thought they would expand on it and drive it to a more satisfying conclusion. But I was utterly rebuffed.
**My extended comments contains spoilers** Read it only if you’ve seen the movie or have no interest in seeing it.