Tag Archives: Kate Beckinsale

Van Helsing doesn’t make it to dawn

25 Jul


Writer/Director Stephen Sommers attempts to follow-up his blockbuster success of the Mummy franchise by digging up two of the most famous undead characters, Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh) and Frankenstein (Shuler Hensley) to fight Gabriel Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman), not to mention a cursed family championed by Anna (Kate Beckinsale) and her werewolf brother Velkan (Will Kemp). I was waiting for Abbot and Costello to show up since it is a Universal Horror film, but unfortunately they did not appear. The script becomes an alphabet soup of characters that are unable to come together and spell out anything that makes sense. There are some cool scenes and well-timed humor, but once the machine gun-like crossbow appears everything starts to go down hill. It would be one thing if Sommers was going for campy Evil Dead 2 humor, but the over-produced action sequences, high-profile cast and long run time kills such an idea from working.


Chuck’s Grade: C-

Adam’s Grade: C-


20 May


Kate Beckinsale single-handedly brings style and sexy back to a vampire genre that had become as cold and lifeless as its character. Selene (Beckinsale) is a Death Dealer assigned to hunt down Lycans, (werewolves) the mortal enemies of the Vampire clans that live in secret amongst humans. Screenwriter Danny McBride and director Len Wiseman new and interesting interpretations of these Gothic characters create a new hybrid-breed of fans because they mix horror, mystery, and science fiction together, but it is Beckinsale’s timeless beauty and killer instincts that attract audiences to this blood feud. The Lycans believe they can defeat the vampires with the blood of Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman). Underworld’s story matches its style, but I must admit I was very disappointed with the film’s much-anticipated climax.


Chuck’s Grade: A-

Adam’s Grade: C+

Total Recall (2012) should not be remembered

1 Jan


Total Recall (2012) is an ambitious sci-fi film that attempts to separate itself from the original blockbuster starring Arnold Schwartzenegger and Sharon Stone by creating a visually exciting future with a much different set of circumstances. There are a couple elements from the original film found in the script, but for the most part it cannot escape the dystopian world it has created. On the one hand, it was a bold choice to abandon Mars and to travel through the Earth, but on the other hand it becomes too difficult for most audiences to suspend their disbelief.  Although, it would be easy to blame Colin Farrell for not filling Schwartzenegger’s humongous shoes,  the real criticism should be directed towards the miscasting of Kate Beckinsale as Farrell’s undercover wife. There is no connection between the two actors and Beckinsale is given some of the worst lines to say in the movie. The remake falls short of expectations and should not be remembered.


Chuck’s Grade: C

Adam’s Grade: N/A