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Overall Rating
2.88

Awesome: 16.44%
Worth A Look: 16.44%
Average: 19.18%
Pretty Bad34.25%
Total Crap: 13.7%

6 reviews, 37 user ratings


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Ultraviolet
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by William Goss

"Guns 'N' Poses"
3 stars

In the near future, a fearless and determined rebel (or rebels) will wage war on the oppressive forces that dominate their dystopian society. Wait. Have they decided to continue the 'Matrix' trilogy? Is this the next chapter in 'The Chronicles of Riddick' or 'Aeon Flux'? Isn’t it a bit soon for a 'Serenity' sequel? Does this mean 'V for Vendetta' is out already? This is that new Adam Sandler flick, isn’t it? The answer: no, no, of course not, no, and hell no.

This time around, writer/director Kurt Wimmer unleashes Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil, The Fifth Element) upon a bunch of totalitarian baddies, in a future where elevators resemble tanning beds and every other line is an ultimatum, where butt-kicking capabilities are determined more by convenience than by intelligence. Ultraviolet aims to be little more than superficial, and with such a lofty objective, it manages to succeed. After all, you can take the actress out of the model, but…

When the use of a newfound virus to create super-soldiers backfires, the forces of militant medicine, led by Daxus (Nick Chinlund), attempt to eradicate those infected, which share select characteristics of vampires. However, these ‘hemophages’ decide to retaliate against the government, and during one mission, Violet (Jovovich, behaving with equal confidence, intimidation, and grace) manages to intercept a weapon meant to be used to be eliminate her kind. As it turns out, the weapon is a young child, Six (Cameron Bright, for whom brain-dead seems to be a default setting), and when Violet’s maternal instincts flare up, she becomes convinced he may hold the key to a cure and betrays her allies by saving the boy, which immediately makes her everyone’s target.

While not as exaggerated as, say, Wayne Kramer’s recent action farce Running Scared (which also starred Bright), one still gets the sense that Wimmer is toying with the elements of this particular formula, especially after making the exact same movie with a straight face in 2002’s Equilibrium, just to a lesser degree. The origin portion flies right by, and keeping the exposition suitably brief works in its favor. The film acts as if the audience is familiar with Violet’s history and dispenses just enough background to get the ball rolling. Even though the film was not based on them, the opening credits themselves are accomplished via a series of faux comic book covers, establishing an artificial air to the events that follow and providing an equivalent of warning the first forty or so rows: “You will get wet.”

Actually, ‘wet’ isn’t quite accurate. As it turns out, despite the magnitude of Violet’s carnage, bloodshed is surprisingly minimal and consequently bothersome. An ample amount of splatter could have been included with appropriate flair, yet the risk associated with the red stuff vanishes as well, making each fight appear like excessive choreography more than anything else (there is a minor recurrence of the gun kata technique that figured primarily into Equilibrium). When it comes to the larger battles, during which our heroine is up against enemies in the double-digits, Wimmer has a bad habit of shying away, cheating by taking the camera out of view and reappearing to find all foes conquered with a single swing of her sword. Given the circumstances of it all, one such incident would be acceptable, but this frequent tactic makes his teasing less and less tolerable as it occurs.

The environments carry a strikingly symmetrical style, an appealing aspect previously noteworthy in last year’s Constantine, and the events take place on a relatively modest scale. There are recurring radioactive and biohazard motifs, and any other facet that can be glorified is, right down to a building’s emergency lighting system. Violet’s attire continues to change colors, serving less as camouflage and more as a fashion statement in a world drenched in flat tones. After all, someone has to display their midriff, and she most definitely gets my vote.

'Ultraviolet' is far from original, and Wimmer knows that most of all, setting a decisive tone of homage rather than replication. The story is undeniably overdirected and almost certainly abridged, but its execution is just barely slick enough and shameless enough to work in its favor. However, when it comes down to the difference between this and one of its many kin, one of the very few things I can give Wimmer is credit(s).

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User Comments

10/15/17 Carl Martin Film either dwells on Jovovich' looks or on bad swordplay. 2 stars
2/09/13 Yup I think it's a fine film. Not my favorite, but I definitely don't think t's crap. 4 stars
1/22/12 Kyle Not many will like this movie, but it is great 5 stars
9/16/10 the dork knight Is this supposed to be based on those Esurance commericals? 2 stars
10/23/09 Schezarde creative motorcycle side of a building hair/clothes colorChange fire swords pink blast gun 4 stars
11/08/08 darin yuhas i liked the movie i dont care what aney body says there a bunch of idiots! 5 stars
11/22/07 fools♫gold Not like the awesome vampire show of the samename. Lotsa greatstoriesto watchotherthanthis. 1 stars
7/01/07 us Ouch! Can I get a refund on the last two hours of my life? 1 stars
5/10/07 nathan its a very good movie 5 stars
1/23/07 Brian Mckay Best parts = opening credits and Milla's wardrobe. Action is subpar, though plentiful. 2 stars
11/10/06 LJ Great Style Flick, watch it 4 design and effects - no good film stories out now anyway! 4 stars
10/23/06 Browncoat Quite satisfactory 5 stars
10/18/06 sci-fi lover sucked, millas hot, movie is not. Over blown,over directed piece of garbage 1 stars
9/07/06 Jiz Cheesy effects, contrived fight scenes, lame characters, predictable plot. 2 stars
9/07/06 Booksworm Excellent! "V for Vendetta" meets "Underworld"! Reminds me why I go to the movies! 5 stars
8/15/06 Indrid Cold One of the most extreme examples I've ever seen of emphasizing style over substance. 2 stars
7/10/06 charles i hate this crappie movie 2 stars
7/08/06 Rocky Cool looking special effects, modestly entertaining story, repetitive fight scenes 3 stars
6/26/06 noddy was peter watching the same film. worst film i have seen in 10 years. 1 stars
6/05/06 mary awesome 5 stars
4/28/06 Erika Clarkson Milla J & her diarrhea BELONG in a cesspool, but her stinkiest BM is this BAD MOVIE! 1 stars
4/23/06 Don Paco What a load of crap. Someone save Milla from this cesspool! 2 stars
4/22/06 Dominic Chiu Ultraviolet is a piece of Garbage that is not even worth a penny. 1 stars
3/28/06 Danny Johanson Yeah, Craptastic. Pretty... but crap 2 stars
3/17/06 ducka Really bad, but really cool looking 2 stars
3/15/06 malcolm action scenes almost make this movie average, but we've seen it all before 2 stars
3/14/06 JKava Visually tantalizing! Will get posters of Milla. Script is absent however. 3 stars
3/12/06 dieselboise This was one of the worst movies I have ever seen 1 stars
3/10/06 Jim McLennan Enjoyably comic-book, in both style and action 4 stars
3/09/06 Steve Michaud Makes "Aeon Flux" look like "Blade Runner" by comparison 1 stars
3/09/06 Mushuga Meh...no better or worse than "Aeon Flux"...that says it all. 2 stars
3/07/06 Darren Shea Visually stunning, but it seems to revel in its incomprehensibility. 2 stars
3/06/06 RealFilmFan Ultraviolet sucked, so take that Peter Sobczynski. 1 stars
3/06/06 Nightcat Amazing special effects and fighting. Don't watch if you are expecting oscar performances 4 stars
3/05/06 Movie Critic This movie is a piece of shit wrapped in shit. 1 stars
3/04/06 Evil Wolfie Plot makes no sense and the action bits are bland due to PG rating. Should be bloodier..... 2 stars
3/04/06 KingNeutron Very cool, stylistic film; but you really have to understand the director's vision to enjoy 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  03-Mar-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 27-Jun-2006

UK
  30-Jun-2006

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