Cinema Review – Underworld: Awakening and the Barrier of 3D

One of my most anticipated films of the year was Underworld: Awakening (admittedly a guilty pleasure) and so it was with great trepidation that I sat to watch a film that what was almost certainly going to disappoint. However, the reason I came away feeling like it was a poor film had very little to do with the rehashed story or mediocre action, it was being forced to endure 3D.

The very first 3D film I saw was Avatar. I’ll admit that it did impress me but when I saw the same film in 2D it was such a better experience. 3D creates a barrier between me and the film that stops me from being able to immerse myself in the story or action. It takes me out of the narrative and reminds me constantly that I am sat in a large room with silly glasses on my face.

Whenever a 3D film comes out I will always watch the 2D version if given the opportunity and avoid it completely if they only give me a 3D option. So, I was disappointed to see that in neither of the cinemas near me were showing Underworld: Awakening in 2D so I was forced to watch it in 3D.

Kate Beckinsale returns but that was all it had going for it. The story was very unoriginal and I could name a dozen films while watching it that they had stolen the ideas from. The action lacked the style and grace of the others and if it wasn’t for a fairly decent plot progression in the last third I may have even fallen asleep.

The best bit about the film was that I saw it on a cheap day at a major cinema at prime time and the screen was 90% empty. I really hope Hollywood is listening and this is the death toll of 3D.


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  1. I had a similar experience with Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Wearing 3D glasses on top of normal glasses is a pain and watching a dark film is very distracting. I enjoyed the film much better once I watched it in 2D.

    Toy Story 3 was a more pleasurable experience as the film is lighter and more suitable to 3D effects.

    Such a shame neither cinema was showing 2D for you.

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