I'm going to have to admit right off the bat that I haven't seen the first three Underworld movies. Perhaps shameful, but perhaps a good thing, it depends which circled you consult. But looking at the all important "critical reception" section of each's Wikipedia page, it looks like I'm not missing out on much. But this one was in 3D, so how could I resist?
It seems the movie itself immediately forgave me for not watching the others, as it spent a few minutes relaying the plot to me, before going ahead with its own plot, or lack thereof. Everyone's favourite sassy female vampire Selene is captured by humans after they discover the existence of vampires and lycans and become intent on wiping them out. She is freed 12 years later, to discover a world where vampires are hiding and lycans are extinct. Or are they...?
Yes, the plot is quite thin on the ground. Awakening is pretty much all style and no substance. It seems the plot points and twists only serve to launch Selene into the next gory battle where she can stab and slice up various creatures. Yes, it is very gory, and the action scenes are pretty well put together, but with some weak performances and little character development to help you actually support the heroes, it's just an action movie. For those after a mindless blood soaked movie, it's probably a good choice. But don't expect anything more than a Hollywood cash in.
My rating: 2/5