To start off, let me say that I'm a very big fan of the original. Ithink it did everything right; having a nice Gothic overtone, greatcharacters, an original, intriguing and in-depth plot, fun action andan overall script that never once felt dull. Oh, and of course...it hadKate Beckinsale in tight leather, hehehe. Now does this sequel containall these qualities that made the original so good? Personally, I'dhave to say no, I don't think it did. Was the movie necessarily bad?Also no. It was highly entertaining but not that good of a movieoverall.<br><br>STORYLINE: The story in this film was no where near as good ordeveloped as the original. As it starts off with a war scene in thepast, I found myself really enjoying it. We find out a little about theCorvinus family and the origins or Marcus, who was the very firstvampire, and his brother, who was the very first Lycan. But after wewitness these scenes and learn these few minor plot details, the storydevelopment pretty much comes to a dead stop. Honestly, nothing reallyhappens in this movie. It's all just action and really nothing more.<br><br>CHARACTERS: The lead characters were good. Selene and Michael didn'texactly have any development but that's okay because they weredeveloped enough in the first film. But what was slightly developed wastheir romance, which the first film seemed to be lacking. We really gotto feel the connection between them and how much they really cared foreach other. And it was great to see Michael show off his new hybridabilities and kick some booty along the way. He was a lot cooler inthis film than in the original. The new vampire leader, Marcus, wasalso pretty damn cool. He had a very sinister appearance, especiallywith the devil-like wings, and didn't seem to have any sympathy at allas he brutally disposed of anyone who got in his way. In the original,we had Lucian, who was a well developed bad-guy character and Iactually found myself caring for him. Marcus, on the other hand, didn'tstrike a cord with me at all. He looked cool, sure, but besides that,he had absolutely nothing going for him and I really didn't care whathappened to him. All the other characters in this film were also veryundeveloped as well. We really knew nothing of them and as a result,felt unsure whether we should like them or hate them. So that's a majorissue.<br><br>ACTION: The action, most the time, was very enjoyable. And I stressMOST of the time, not ALL of the time. There was some really fun actionand fight sequences and a nice amount of blood and gore thrown into themix. So it definitely does manage to entertain the action buffs. Butthen, at times, the action began to feel annoying as it got extremelyrepetitive. It was like they just kept replaying the same action sceneover and over and just tweaked it a little in order to pass it off as adifferent scene. This was a problem because the whole movie seemed tobase itself on action, rather than story, and the action wasn't evenall that good.<br><br>ATMOSPHERE: Another good thing about this movie would have to be thescenery. Yeah, I know that's not really important in the movie, but itreally did help with the overall experience. There were beautifulmountain landscapes, snowy woods, old style castles in ruins andgorgeous red colored twilight skies. So I think it actually helped alot in setting the atmosphere and gets points for great eye candy.<br><br>OVERALL: The first film was an action-horror movie with a greatoriginal storyline. This sequel, on the other hand, felt more like aseries of left over action scenes that were taken out of the firstfilm. I think watching the two films back to back will make a greatoverall experience. But as a stand-alone, it doesn't quite work. It'sfun for sure, but that's about it. It's not even remotely close tobeing as good or better than the original in any way.