|Underworld: Awakening (also known as Underworld 4) is a 2012 American 3D action horror film directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein. It is the fourth installment in the Underworld film series, with Kate Beckinsale reprising her role as Selene. Theo James, Michael Ealy, and India Eisley appeared in new roles to the series. Filming began March 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The film was released in Digital 3D, IMAX 3D and 2D theatres on January 20, 2012.|
Six months after the events of Underworld: Evolution, humans captured the priority vampire target: Selene, during “The Purge”, a global military crusade to exterminate Vampires and Lycans after mankind learns of their existence. Humans call them “Non-Humans” and “the Infected.” During their crusade, vampires have waged guerrilla warfares against the government of their country, but the humans have overrun their clans and their tribes, forcing survivors to hide underground, resisting the occupation on their own.
Twelve years later, human governments have concluded the brutal genocidal campaigns against the vampires and lycans. They have annihilated 95% of the vampire race, and believe the lycans are extinct. Selene, dubbed “Subject 1”, is freed from cryogenic suspension by “Subject 2” and escapes the medical corporation named Antigen. The corporation is ostensibly trying to make an antidote for the virus that creates vampires and lycans. Selene starts to have strange visions after her escape, which she follows, believing them to be linked to her lover, the vampire-lycan hybrid Michael Corvin. The visions lead her into a building where she encounters David, a fellow vampire resistance fighter. While talking to David, Selene has another vision. Following the vision, she discovers not Michael, but a young girl called only as “Subject 2,” also known as Eve, later revealed to be a hybrid and the daughter of Selene and Michael. David, noting that Eve (Subject 2) has been injured by the lycans and is somehow not healing, takes them to his coven. David’s father, Thomas, does not welcome Selene and Eve. Blaming Selene for provoking the destruction of the vampire race, he stuns her with the news that Michael died twelve years ago. A vampire woman offers some of her blood to the wounded Eve, which she refuses to drink at first, implying that she has never drunk blood before. With Selene’s encouragement, she accepts the gift and heals extremely quickly.
Dr. Jacob Lane, director of Antigen, is revealed to be a lycan alongside his son, Quint. The “antidote” the corporation has been working on for many years is actually to make lycans immune to the deadly effects of silver on their species and to enhance their physical abilities. Eve’s hybrid genetic code is required to achieve this, so Lane sends Quint with other lycans to the vampire coven to recapture her. Meanwhile, expecting a human attack at any moment, David tries to rally the vampires’ resistances to fight back, while his father orders everyone to evacuate and hide. Most of the vampires stay, and arm themselves heavily. Unexpectedly, lycans arrived in large numbers instead, and numerous vampires are slaughtered, a huge blow to the coven also they realized that humans and lycans are working together. Selene encounters a gigantic “super lycan”, later revealed to be Quint, whose body is changed by injections using Eve’s genetic material. Selene is knocked unconscious under a pile of rubble during the fight, Eve is turned over to the lycans by Thomas in exchange for their departure, and David is mortally wounded during the battle. Selene decides to save Eve but first revives David using her immortal blood, given to her by Alexander Corvinus in Evolution.
Able to survive in sunlight, Selene enlists the help of Detective Sebastian, a human who tried to investigate Antigen earlier in the film. Sebastian agrees to help save Eve, admitting he was married to a nurse who was bitten at work and became a vampire. The two of them tried live together for a short time as husband and wife(from which he learned about the vampires history, possibly through his wife’s blood memories); but when authorities were going door to door killing streaks for Vampires and Lycans, instead of becoming another victim of the Purge, his wife decided to expose herself to the daylight rather than suffer at the hands of humans. Selene destroys part of Antigen’s headquarters using silver gas explosives, forcing Dr. Lane to move Eve out of the building to perform an operation to create more of the antidote. Selene escapes from the lycans in the building (Antigen is nearly entirely staffed by lycans). In the process, she finds Michael cryogenically frozen in a laboratory. She punctures his cell with a gunshot to defrost him. Escaping in a van, Dr. Lane is intercepted by Sebastian and then by Selene, who causes the van to crash. Quint arrives, transforms into his super lycan form, and fights Selene.
Eve awakens on her stretcher, frees herself from the van, and fights Dr. Lane, who has also injected himself with the super lycan formula used on Quint. Sebastian and the revived David aid Eve in her fight until she kills Dr. Lane by ripping his throat out. Meanwhile, Quint corners Selene in a small cement guardroom but is forced to revert to his human form to get to her, only for Selene to shove an activated silver-based grenade into Quint’s body. He heals instantly, trapping the grenade inside. Panicking, Quint half-changes back to his lycan form, but it is too late, and he explodes.
Selene goes to free Michael but finds he has already escaped. Eve, sharing his vision, learns he is on the roof. Selene, Eve, and David run to the roof, only to find Michael has gone. Selene narrates, concluding that she will find Michael and take back the world from the humans and lycans, so the vampires can rebuild themselves. Selene continues by concluding that the Vampire Covenant will not only survive this world but it will reclaim it.