A Decent Evolution of Story | Review of ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’

By Cynthia Ayala

Underworld: Blood Wars starring Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Lara Pulver, Tobias Menzies & Charles Dance
Screen Gems
Image Credit: IMDB

“Vampire death dealer, Selene fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her.”

—IMDB

Underworld: Blood Wars is the fifth film in the franchise and while it’s better than it’s predecessor, the film, while enjoyable, is not without faults. The story isn’t the element of the film that suffers. It’s a solid story, but the problem lies with the franchise. In Awakening, humans discovered that Vampires and werewolves were real. Yet in this film it’s almost like that never happened. Let’s rephrase, it’s like it didn’t happen at all. It’s hard to reconcile that with this film that does tie directly to it. Discovery is inevitable considering that Alexander Corvinus was the one who cleaned up all the messes and kept their existence secret, as established in Evolution, but the film seems to have moved past those elements and went back to the beginning, to forget about humans altogether and focus on what made the series so strong to begin with: the war between Lycans and Vampires.
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‘Insurgent’ Delivers an Amazing Sequel | Review of ‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’

By: Cynthia Ayala

‘Insurgent’ starring Shailene Woodley & Theo James
Summit Entertainment

Insurgent stars Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior, the Divergent protagonist who is on the run from the power hungry Erudites lead by the ruthless Jeanine (played by Kate Winslet). Alongside Four (played by Theo James), her friend and love, the two search for allies in the unlikeliest places of all in the futuristic ruins of Chicago. Together, they must find what Tris’s mother gave her life to hide, what Jeanine want’s so badly, the secret of the past that may be the key – or destruction – of the future.

Incredibly fast paced, this film delivers a punch and evaluates what it means to be a part of something, a community. Separated into factions – Dauntless, Candor, Erudites, Abnegation, and Amity – society has put up walls to differentiate themselves. However, those who fit more than one faction are Divergent, a quality that puts everyone, especially Tris, in terrible danger. The film goes beyond the first to evaluate who these characters are and where they come from. A fast-paced film jumps from scene to scene as it follows these characters who are being hunted down by Jeanine who discovers that soon; she needs the daughter of the woman she killed, she needs Tris. Talk about the irony. Kate Winslet plays the villainous so spectacularly.
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Bland but entertaining | Cyn’s Movie Review – Divergent

By: Cynthia Ayala  

An entertaining film that brings to life a novel that focuses on the cost of unity at a particular price.  While not a terribly unique concept, Shailene Woodley was able to bring to life her character and make herself, the character and the film shine.  Read on for a full review. Continue reading “Bland but entertaining | Cyn’s Movie Review – Divergent”

Divergent Comic-Con Plans Revealed

By: Sean O’Connell There are multiple movies that we know are going to be in San Diego for Comic-Con 2013 – films like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 , The Hunger Games: Catching Fire or a full slate of Marvel projects. And then there are the titles that were assumed to be in attendance, but were waiting on confirmation. Today, Divergent moves from the “Maybe” column … Continue reading Divergent Comic-Con Plans Revealed

Divergent Movie Casts Al, Edward And Will

By:  Kelly West It’s a big day for Summit. Hot on the heels of the release of the first official poster for Ender’s Game comes word that three more have joined the cast for another feature adaptation of a popular young adult series in the works. Divergent has added Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb and Christian Madsen, who join Shaliene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q and Jai Courtney in Neil Burger‘s adaptation of … Continue reading Divergent Movie Casts Al, Edward And Will

Kate Winslet Confirmed To Play Jeanine Matthews In Divergent

By:  Kelly West Back in January, we learned that Kate Winslet was in talks to join Shailene Woodley in Neil Burger‘s feature adaptation of Veronica Roth‘s young adult dystopian story Divergent. At that time, there was no confirmation on who Winslet would play, but process of elimination led us to believe it would either be the mother to Woodley’s character Tris, or the less likable Jeanine Matthews, leader … Continue reading Kate Winslet Confirmed To Play Jeanine Matthews In Divergent