By Jay Hunter Underworld: Blood Wars takes the albeit once inventive story of an eternal war between vampires and werewolves rather literally, as in the series never seems to end. It effectively ticks every box in the Underworld canon, stylised violence and leather is here in abundance. But in a world that has now moved on from The Matrix style shoot ‘em up, Blood Wars can’t offer anything new to bait the unconverted.

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The movie follows death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she finds herself – yet again – stuck in the middle of a Lycan clan and Vampire faction who are both out to kill her. Her only allies come in the form of David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), as the three must work together to stop the eternal war between the two factions.

The only surprise Blood Wars actually conjures is a startling amount of exposition, alongside it’s generic-paint by numbers action. As with many fifth-instalment pictures, Blood Wars is all but (un)dead on arrival, there’s enough here for hardcore fans to chew on, but the series is in dyer need of a stake through it’s heart.

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