Understanding 'Underworld' Underdogs
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Singapore -- 'Underworld: Rise of the Lycans' is the instalment of the trilogy that explains how the lycans (werewolves) were enslaved by the vampires in the first place, and how the the first came to rebel against the latter, thereafter becoming enemies. The master-servant relationship between the vamps and werewolves respectively are really chock-full of the ironies of rationalisation.
Now, in place of the word 'beasts', feel free to replace with any supremacist band of beings - non-vamps included - human beings. Doing so helps us to see the slavery problem in a larger context. While watching the movie, I kept seeing the vamp-werewolf relationship as an apt parallel of the human-animal relationship. Domestication of animals for meat, produce and labour is really slavery in most parts of the world.
The animals are condemned to a life sentence that ends with a death sentence when they are deemed fully exploited. Though the lycans are more bestial physically, the vampires are more treacherous mentally, despite having more cultured appearances. If not, they wouldn't be able to trap, control and breed the lycans for their selfish benefits. Isn't this exactly the case for how humans relate to most animals deemed useful enough for their own ends?
Slaves of every kind can evolve both ways... to be further enslaved... or to eventually break free. While I tend to root for the underdogs, I hope there won't be a day when domesticated or caged animals successfully rebel against their human captors. It is possible to co-exist in harmony. Then again, there have been individual cases of animals overpowering humans throughout history, albeit not wrecking havoc en masse till entire governments are toppled!