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Underworld: Awakening
(2012)
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Composed, Programmed, and Produced by:
Paul Haslinger
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Lakeshore Records
(January 31st, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if a hybrid of Paul Haslinger's original, heavily metallic sound for the Underworld franchise and his more conventional orchestral and choral approach to The Three Musketeers is acceptable despite its anonymity.

Avoid it... if you're still waiting to hear Haslinger reprise the brash attitude of his first score for the concept or develop even some marginally cohesive thematic narrative for the whole series.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,586
WRITTEN 1/30/12
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Underworld: Awakening: (Paul Haslinger) As long as each of its successive, brainless entries keeps making money, why put a merciful end to the Underworld franchise? Surely there has to be something more redeeming in this concept than simply seeing a hot brunette in a black leather outfit kicking godless ass. Or is there? That tool of hotness is once again Kate Beckinsale in the fourth movie of this series, Underworld: Awakening. She has evolved into a hybrid vampire that is impervious to sunlight and telepathically connected to her lover and daughter. In the twelve years during which she was imprisoned in cryogenic suspension, humanity had decided that it had endured enough of this vampire and lycan nonsense. When not annihilating the "non-humans," men used a company called Antigen to work on a cure for these groups of nasty community-wreckers. To the dismay of the vampires, however, it turns out that this creepy company is actually controlled by the lycans, who are using its research to make themselves more physically powerful. The daughter of Beckinsale's character, Selene, contains the genetic key to mastering all of these evolutionary changes, and her mother has to rescue her, fight off a new troll-like lycan, and conduct an ass-whooping of immense property destruction to help free her lover and save her suffering people. Unlike the previous Underworld movies, which contained at least a greater dose of existential and interpersonal intrigue, Underworld: Awakening is a more conventional action flick. Its production style hasn't changed significantly, blue hues still dominant and a nasty metallic edge to much of its sound effects and music. Handling the first and third scores in the franchise was industrial metal composer Paul Haslinger, and it's refreshing to see the artist continue his affiliation with the franchise for which he established the musical direction. His score for the original entry was an extremely abrasive but appropriately pounding balance of ball-busting rhythmic force and vaguely troubled tonal resonance, including the franchise's one and only love theme of note. After a decent diversion to Marco Beltrami for Underworld Evolution in 2006, Haslinger returned to provide more conventional, streamlined music for Underworld: Rise of the Lycans in 2009, and that trend away from the composer's metal roots continues with the increasingly orchestral stance of his music in Underworld: Awakening.



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Average: 2.3 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 59:13
• 1. The Purge (3:02)
• 2. Underworld Awakening Main Titles (0:52)
• 3. Raiding the Army Surplus Store (1:44)
• 4. Non-Human Aggressor (1:31)
• 5. I Was Subject 2 (3:02)
• 6. Arriving at the Coven (2:23)
• 7. I've Never Seen a Child Like This (1:43)
• 8. This is Not One of Us (3:20)
• 9. I Know Exactly What You Are (1:38)
• 10. If You Knew Him as I Did (3:47)
• 11. Prepare the Armory (2:10)
• 12. The Uber-Lycan (1:06)
• 13. Reanimation (1:16)
• 14. Then Came the Purge (2:30)
• 15. Selene Returns to Antigen (2:08)
• 16. Find Her and Destroy Her (2:28)
• 17. The Lycan Van Escape (2:15)
• 18. I Heal Instantly (1:41)
• 19. You Came Back (1:16)
• 20. Reclaiming the World (1:29)
• 21. The Melancholy of Resistance (2:40)
• 22. A New Dawn (3:36)
• 23. Corner (Justin Lassen Remix) - performed by Blue Stahli (4:31)
• 24. Under Your Skin (Deadbeat Remix) - performed by Aesthetic Perfection (3:53)
• 25. Sunrise - performed by Angelspit (3:26)

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