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Ultraviolet

Action & Adventure movie directed by Kurt Wimmer

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Wimmer Wanes

  • Jul 5, 2006
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When Kurt Wimmer wrote and directed "Equilibrium," he managed to make a wonderful, lower-budget sci-fi flick that had a great story, plenty of action, and solid performances from actors such as the wonderful Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs, and Emily Watson. When Wimmer cranked out "Ultraviolet," he was given a larger budget, an established action star in Milla Jovovich, and a really creepy kid who is perfect at playing a creepy kid (Cameron Bright). So what does he do with these seemingly win-win elements? He goes heavy, VERY heavy, on the action, heavy on the CGI, and tosses the actual acting performances to the wayside.

Jovovich, Bright, and underrated character actor William Fichtner (also of "Equilibrium"), have absolutely nothing to work with in this story. The reed-thin plot is based around Violet (Jovovich), a hemophage who's out to capture a weapon that can supposedly eliminate her kind on Earth. It seems that every disease in the universe has been wiped out except for one that makes its victims look and act like vampires. After capturing the weapon, however, Violet begins to question the motives of both her allies and her enemies and all of it sort of smashes along at breakneck speed until there is no one left to kill on the screen.

This film wreaks of echoes of "Equilibrium." From the armed soldiers who explode into powdery shards to the clean white uniforms worn by Violet and others in the flick, it seems as if Wimmer took what he felt were the coolest parts of his cult hit and threw it into this film hoping to cash in on it once again. Even the gun-kata is tossed in!

Visually, this is like a video game gone awry. There's enough eye candy here to send you into fits. Bright colors everywhere, chameleon-like outfit changes by Violet, and weapons that appear out of the air. Wimmer unloaded his bag of visual tricks on this one.

There is plenty of action here. If that's your bag, you'll be right at home with "Ultraviolet." However, if you enjoy an actual storyline to go along with the explosions and swordplay, I'd suggest you buy "Equilibrium" and leave "Ultraviolet" as a rental only.

Not really recommended, unless you really enjoy action and nothing else.

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November 22, 2010
Yep. Pretty much what I thought of this movie. I need to rewatch and review this one. Thanks!
 
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review by . November 19, 2010
I guess there's a guilty pleasure wrapped up here somewhere in ULTRAVIOLET, a bloated video-gamer's paradise of a movie with action sequences quite possibly choreographed by Maybelline in order to provide the most subtle, haunting, and pristine glances at the features of Milla Jovovich. All kidding aside, she is quite stunning to look at.      The plot -- not that one matters! -- is inconsequential here. All the film is shuttles between excuses to get from each action …
Quick Tip by . November 22, 2009
Absolutely, one of the worst films ever made. It featured fight choreography by Maybelline.
review by . October 09, 2006
Pros: Pretty good special effect; my wife thought it was a video game.     Cons: Plot, well, let a lot to be desired.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Movies about uber badass (white) women seem to be in vogue as we sail into the 21st century. Some are good, some not; Ultraviolet (2006) staring Milla Jovovich in the title role, falls neatly into the latter category. The story is the same; mankind has mucked up the …
review by . July 27, 2006
Personally, I believe Milla Jovovich is great, even in this because she handles the 'tough' role really well. Cameron Bright also did a good job in his role. In this film I'm going to hold the director entirely responsible for bringing together this mess. `Ultraviolet' is something that I'd expect from Uwe Boll. The film relies completely on CGI and still manages to fall short of expectations. The movie bears some resemblance to `Equilibrium,' like the art of the Gun-Kata and how society is stratified. …
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As an overdose of eye candy,Ultravioletcan be marginally recommended as the second-half of a double-feature withAeon Flux. Both films are disposable adolescent fantasies featuring a butt-kicking babe (in this case, the svelte and sexy Milla Jovovich) in a dystopian future, and both specialize in the kind of barely-coherent, video-game storytelling that's constantly overwhelmed by an over-abundance of low-budget CGI. Director Kurt Wimmer fared much better with his earlier filmEquilibrium, but he's trying for a lively comic-book vibe here (beginning withHulk-like opening credits) with a digitally enhanced,Tron-like color palette. It largely suits this late-21st century story of a "blood war" between the ultra-violent Violet (Jovovich), member of a vampire-like group of resistance fighters infected with a man-made virus called the Hemophage, and the human Vice Cardinal Daxus (Nick Chinlund), who's determined to eliminate Violet's kind once and for all. Wimmer takes all of this way too seriously, crafting a plot involving Violet's rescue of a human clone boy (Cameron Bright) that's intended as an homage to John Cassevetes' 1980 dramaGloria, but Wimmer's good intentions are mostly lost in a repetitive series of chaotically choreographed fight scenes, mostly involving the tight-bodied Jovovich wiping out dozens of armor-clad enemies. It's all too numbingly hectic to qualify as a satisfying movie, but sci-fi buffs should give it a look ...
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Director: Kurt Wimmer
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
Runtime: 94 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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