It's vampires versus werewolves in this gothic horror tale of mythical beings engaged in an ancient conflict. British actress Kate Beckinsale stars as Selene, a vampire soldier (rather fetchingly decked out in figure hugging leatherwear) who's sole function is to hunt down and kill Lycans (that's Werewolves to you and me).
Unseen by mankind, the conflict between the two species has been raging for centuries. Both sides having developed high tech weapons to battle the other with. For many years the Lycan's have appeared to be in submission, but when Selene uncovers a Lycan plot involving the human descendant of one of the Vampire council, Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman), she realises the werewolf race are a lot stronger than they thought.
Believing some of her fellow Vampires are collaborating with the Lycan's she awakes the head of the high council, Viktor (played by British actor Bill Nighy, in a departure from his usual comedy roles). But in attempting to find out what the Lycan's want with this particular human, she unwittingly discovers who it was actually started the war between the 2 species and who the aggressors really are.
Whilst the fight scenes and special effects are visually impressive, the film is primarily an action movie, as opposed to a horror movie and was perhaps a little too reminiscent of "The Matrix". However it was still thoroughly entertaining and it was good to see proper prosthetic make up effects being used, rather than just CGI, which is far too prevalent these days.
Definitely worth watching, even if only to see Kate Beckinsale strutting around in extremely tight leathers.