Underworld: Endless War (2011)

Underworld: Endless War is a 15-minute animation piece consisting of three 5-minute segments taking place in Paris in 1890, 1967, and 2012, respectively.

Endless War sees Selene hunting down a family of powerful Lycans, with the hunt taking place over the course of more than a century.

There are very few positive things that can be said about this little experiment. It feels a bit like some glorified fan fiction. The three segments have no real story to tell, and provide absolutely no new insight into the world of the franchise. The claim that Endless War somehow sheds a light on the developments that led to the “new world order” of Underworld: Awakening is simply false.

The animation is very solid, but the anime-style is not a good fit for the franchise. As for the cast, the voice-acting for Selene (Laura Harris) is actually rather good, but in general the cast fails to provide the gravitas that actors like Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen or Derek Jacobi provided in the Underworld films.

I am not sure what the purpose of this animation was. Possibly some attempt to sell the franchise as an anime series for TV? As I said, there is no real connection to the films, and so no real need to see Endless War. But if you do want to see it anyway, the “official” time slot to see it is in between Evolution and Awakening.

Rating: 4.5 to 5.0 ouf of 10.

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