After the title we pick up immediately where the first one left off which quickly sucked me into the intricate story that is similar to style as the first one. That is the reason I go to see this franchise. The writers do a heck of a good job interweaving history, bloodlines, and ancestry that creates a very conceivable and cool "underworld".
BUT... as the first one, in order to carry on this believable society and war there was much astray. I guess when I go to a movie like this I want to see something more real and conceivable and not crazy bad A action. I want to see a world where I almost feel like these violent races really exist among us. But as before "Evolution" fell far from that with intense Matrix style action, excessive Hollywood gore, and minor plot speed bumps.
On the positive note...Kate Beckinsale was beautiful, had cool guns, excellent original concepts, and not really a lot of time to think between bullets about what could have been until the car ride home.
If you loved the first one then you will surely love this one. The apple does not fall far from the tree which for the hard core fans is sure to appease. As for me and the mental movie world I live in...I am glad I saw it but I am done until the third. Judging by the attendance and general post movie response this franchise will be as the creatures it creates...immortal.