Male and Female
Good grief, more of this vampire and werewolf nonsense? When will this cultural obsession just die already?
Oh, that’s right, never. Because apparently vampires are immortal…
Well, after watching Underworld: Blood Wars, you will finally realize how unappealing immortality is. When a war between two mythological species has been going on for five films, don’t you think the two sides would have realized by now that neither one will win? After all, if the whole point of the mythology is that nobody can die, what’s with all the gun and swordplay?
Those scenes of wolves getting mutilated and decapitated may just as well been the most entertaining scenes in this entire series, if you enjoy watching Kill Bill levels of gore without the artistry of the screen. I’m betting you two cents that the existence of this movie comes just for the strange world where guns and swords somehow coexist where vampires rule a democracy.
The story makes just as much sense as the 2016 presidential election: Kate Beckinsale (The Aviator, Love & Friendship) plays the highly motivated feminist lead who is out to find her daughter whose blood can end the war… and apparently she has this same type of blood too, which she’s trying to keep away from the vampire council who want to use it for abusive means… well, that was at least the plot I got out of it. There was not enough sense of mythology or coherent history for me to care about anything in this snooze fest.
Which is sad, because the potential for a great story is there, if less time was spent sexualizing every woman on screen and more time showing us why we should care about any of the strangely attractive members of this futuristic (yet somehow historical) society.
Well, maybe we should be giving this atrocity more credit, seeing how this is director Anna Foerster’s first attempt at a feature-length? …Nah. If I were to tell the world that this was my first achievement after directing a series of shorts, I’d hide my head in embarrassment. Seriously, Foerster has no idea how to stage actors, especially the teen heartthrob Theo James (Divergent). I’m serious- that guy needs to just quit acting. He has no future in this field.
Foerster does have her moments of proving to be potentially good at this directing thing; as she includes a gorgeous view of a snowy landscape blanketed by northern lights, but it’s not enough to outweigh the incomprehensible fight choreography that takes the place of character development.
There is nothing that Underworld: Blood Wars has to offer besides feelings of dark coldness, kind of like the unfortunate winter season we’re living through now. I have no idea who’s giving these producers enough money to keep putting on these wastes of talent, but whoever you are: STOP!
Why do people love watching movies and reading books about vampires? What is it about them that young adults find so appealing? We all know that vampires feed off blood, hate garlic, are deliciously seductive, have no soul, and live forever without aging. Kind of sounds like the ideal future that any young person would want for themselves, doesn’t it?
We as humans are in such fear of death that we feel the need to temporarily imagine ourselves as somebody who cannot die, while feeding off the lives of others without facing any consequences. It’s apparent that people have a desperate yearning to make the most out of their lives here on earth, as they are afraid of what lies on the other side. That is why they’ll do anything to complete a bucket list and achieve the American Dream, because to them, this life is all they got. So imagine what an individual with autism would do to escape the fear of death?
That comes with its own set of fears and challenges. For one, people with autism are not as accustomed as others to have people by their side to help them through hard times, as going to them is simply not in their instinct.
Six-Word Lessons on Growing up Autistic, Lesson #23: Some Actually Prefer to be Alone.
It’s much more common for them to look toward their own means of personal enlightenment; movies, TV shows, video games, anything where they feel like they can be somebody else with characters from another world they have complete control over. So their goals may be less oriented around the real world and more oriented around the fictional world. For most parents, these activities can be seen as timewasters.
Not only that, but pouring a relationship into something that has no human soul attached never pays off when combating fears of death.
Six-Word Lessons on Growing up Autistic, Lesson #51: There’s Always the Feeling of Loneliness.
Even if somebody on the autism spectrum may not enjoy people very much, they still need to interact with them every now and then in order to vent problems and hear important words of wisdom. We humans are social creatures, we are meant to be together in order to solve problems.
But how does one utilize an older one’s experience to fight fears of death? Obviously nobody has known someone who has not died, unless you were from Jesus’ time.
What I found has given me hope in light of death was to focus less on death and more on life. It may sound hollow and cliché, but here’s what I mean: when somebody is concerned about death, they become paranoid, worrying as to whether what they did is leaving the legacy they are hoping to leave. They can even become safety and health freaks, which prevents one from having fun. Or if you want to reverse that concept, one could go out and do literally everything, making sure they make the most out of their short lives (in other words, YOLO).
Yet when somebody is concerned about life, they think about what they already have: health, family, food, water, shelter, the essentials that are already keeping them alive. When the bare necessities take the driver’s seat of life as opposed to the fear of death, fewer worries get in the way to help you make the most of what you already have. While it is always nice to set goals, stay safe, and follow your heart, don’t take it to such an extreme that evading death becomes the motive rather than living. As for your autistic son or daughter…
Six-Word Lessons on Female Asperger Syndrome, Lesson #60: Please Don’t Tell Us to Relax.
It’ll take time before they understand and accept a new change in thinking, much longer than the average person. Anybody on the autism spectrum can have a lot of frustration with change, especially when it’s something as big as an outlook on the meaning of life. That’s where it’s important to tell your autistic child that while acceptance doesn’t happen overnight, it is possible, and keeping an open mind towards life and death will take the place of silly, pointless obsessions over mindless movies and video games.
- Don’t discourage or demean your autistic child if he or she seems afraid of death. Don’t tell them that they’re being ungrateful or not living in the moment. Even if it’s true, they don’t need somebody to be harsh to them; they need somebody to understand their pain.
- Give your autistic child different habits to keep their depressed minds occupied, such as playing with toys or coloring. Or if they’re older, encourage trying recreational activities. The more active they are, the more they’ll appreciate life.
- Don’t be afraid to let yourself or your autistic child explore different opportunities in life. But don’t let that exploration of new things go to such an extreme that it leads to stupid decision making. Teach them that while they can enjoy life, they have to hold no fear onto death, and be thankful for what they have in the present moment.
If there is a specific movie you’d like to see reviewed, please email me at Trevor@TrevorsViewOnHollywood.com for your recommendations.
Have a great weekend, and happy watching!
Underworld Blood Wars. Lakeshore Entertainment. Web. <http://www.underworldbloodwars-movie.com/site/>.