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Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil, The Fifth Element), Cameron Bright (X-Men 3), Nick Chinlund (The Legend of Zorro) and William Fichtner (The Longest Yard) star in this theatrical set in the late 21st century, a subculture of humans have emerged who have been modified genetically by a vampire-like disease (Hemophagia), giving them enhanced speed, incredible stamina and acute intelligence, and as they are set apart from "normal" and "healthy" humans, the world is pushed to the brink of worldwide civil war (a war between humans and hemophages) aimed at the destruction of the "diseased" population. In the middle of this crossed-fire is - an infected woman - Ultraviolet, who finds herself protecting a nine-year-old boy who has been marked for death by the human government as he is believed to be a threat to humans.
As an overdose of eye candy, Ultraviolet can be marginally recommended as the second half of a double-feature with Aeon 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 film Equilibrium, but he's trying for a lively comic book vibe here (beginning with Hulk-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 drama Gloria, 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 armour-clad enemies. It's all too numbingly hectic to qualify as a satisfying movie, but sci-fi buffs should give it a look anyway, if only to see how locations in Shanghai and Hong Kong contribute to the film's futuristic design.--Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Don't try to read too much into the plot, the visuals, the characters. Just slam it into the player, sit back, and ENJOY IT!
Unless someone is paying you real money to write reviews that purport to plumb the depths of what the director meant, what the actors were trying to express, what comment about modern society was intended, then don't try to analyse it. It was made to earn money by entertaining people, full stop.
Alternatively, don't buy it, don't watch it, but above all spare us your angst.
Personally, I liked it. Action, sci fi, nice sets, undemanding storyline. Go for it.
However if you love watching a barely clad Milla taking down bad guys a dozen at a time, while still having time to make sure her outfit matches her mood, then this movie is for you. As an added bonus their are loads of cool gizmos in this movie which should appeal to any sci-fi nerds out there, like me.
My only real criticism is that quite a few of the CG scenes (especially the city shots) where clearly done on a low budget, and the blu-ray version really highlights the poor quality of some of the renderings. If you have bothered to actually read this review all the way to the end, then i'll be honest and say its not worth 5 stars but i think the movie needs some affirmative action in its ratings, and providing you like this genre you'll get a kick out of it.
Also the plot could have been better developed too.
So what is good about the film?
Set in the future, the world is in the midst of a war between humans and people infected with a vampire like virus which gives them superhuman skills.
Milla Jovovich is actually quite good in the ambiguous lead role. She has fled the laboratory that infected her with the Hemomphage virus which resulted in the death of her unborn child. Now embittered and angry with Humanity, she has become a lethal assassin for the Hemophage movement.
However, her stance is turned upside down when she encounters a laboratory bred, nine year old boy. Well played by Cameron Bright, he is a vessel for a virus that could threaten Hemophages or Humanity. Both sides want to get hold of him. In scenes reminiscent of John Cassavates 'Gloria', this boy's plight cuts through Ultraviolet's cynical exterior and awakens her maternal instincts, and she goes on the run with him, trying to protect him from her fellow Hemophages and the security forces of Humanity's dictator.
She and Bright develop a convincing and sympathetic relationship while on the run, and just like Gloria, this enhances and underscores the moments of danger and peril
The sets are superb and give the film real atmosphere at times, I believe that Shanghai was largely used as the location.
See the film for what it is - undemanding but entertaining Sci Fi.
I did expect it to deliver well executed action and have a coherent story.
Actually all we get is Milla Jovovich's bared midriff(which the camera lingers on at every opportunity)and well choreographed, but badly thought out, combat scenes that would seem barely credible in a computer game, finally some chase sequences so poorly rendered that you would be forgiven for thinking they'd actually lifted them whole from the aforementioned video game.
The most annoying thing is the complete absence of internal logic in basics like the fight scenes: in one scene 20+ guards run at her with swords(why are they using swords?), she has guns but fights them with her own swords. In the next scene 20+ guards run toward her with guns. Why? If you had a gun and were faced with a 'killing machine' who'd already killed 350 of your mates you would stand at the side of the room and shoot them(probably hide behind something too), unless of course you were trying to get yourself killed in a movie.
This is the sort of film where the action becomes boring very quickly because there is no sense of danger or tension, you never feel there is the slightest danger that the lead character won't get to fight 'the end of level baddie'.
This comes from the school of film making that suggests that, as long as you keep the screen full of things happening, it doesn't matter what those things are. It DOES matter.
Good action films don't have to challenge the intellect but they should not insult it. This does.
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As it stands this film is a bit of a mess, it is the product of a newish writer director who has been given a big budget, colliding with a severe studio edit to try and retrieve... Read morePublished 29 days ago by tallmanbaby
I don't often leave an unsolicited review, but this came up on my recommended for you tag and my blood boiled. Read morePublished 5 months ago by That One Guy
The disc and case arrived in excellent condition with no damage at all to themPublished 6 months ago by george