I’ve seen every Underworld since the series started. The storyline of vampires and werewolves waging a centuries old battle captivates me. The plots move swiftly and connect to the action like symbiotic twins. Any questions posed during the first two movies were answered in the prequel, Rise of The Lycans. The latest one to be released, Underworld: Awakening, was not as crisp as the others but still enjoyable. As I replayed the movie in my mind, I was struck by an understated point; in the movie there was an absentee father.
The more I thought about the movie franchise, I noticed more of the same theme running through previous iterations. Selene’s father was killed when she was a girl. Somebody tried to step in and take his place, but it wasn’t the same. Alexander Corvinus, the original immortal, was not around for his sons, and they grew up to run amok. Now…let those two points marinate for a sec, or 60. The fact that Corvinus watched his sons from the periphery, but never engaged them only makes his absence harder to understand. Being a half @$$ father wouldn’t have been any better. In fact, half @$$ing it would only have made the situation worse, and could make his absenteeism generational.
In Underworld: Evolution (the first sequel), Selene the vampire and Michael Corvin (the hybrid wolf vampire) consummate their “union”. Fast forward to Awakening, and during the middle of the movie we find out Selene had given birth to a child; a girl. Now, the unbelief that an “undead” could even produce a child must be suspended. Amidst all the CGI animation, stylized violence and Kate Beckinsaleness of Kate Beckinsale is a girl without her father. The one parent who can best protect her, and show her how to harness the gifts she’s been imbued with, isn’t around to do it. Without giving too much more away, the circumstances would not allow Michael to do so. Sound familiar though, does it not?
In this particular case, Mike was separated from his woman, and had no knowledge of his child. Who is to say if things would have turned out differently had he been there. Then too, the movie wouldn’t have been nearly as good.
Have you noticed the absentee father angle in the Underworld movies?