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on 7 May 2010
To be honest, just watch it. It's eye candy, it's escapist, it's science fiction.
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.
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on 6 March 2008
I feel this film has been unfairly hammered in reviews. Yes the story isn't going to win any Oscars, so if thats what your looking for then give this film a miss; you'll save yourself some grief, and spare this film more bad reviews.

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.
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VINE VOICEon 11 November 2006
The subject of very bad reviews, I was not particularly keen to see this film. Having actually seen the film, I agree that there are too many fight sequences, to the point that you could be in a PS2 game. These sequences are at times too drawn out and some become predictable and tedious....

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.
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VINE VOICEon 6 September 2007
I sat down to this with low expectations and it certainly didn't disappoint. I didn't expect the film to be emotionally engaging or that it be brilliantly plotted.

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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on 5 July 2007
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. If you haven't seen `Equilibrium,' you must. It is Kurt Wimmer's greatest movie of all time.

On this film Wimmer thought that the pretty colors are supposed to distract us from the incoherent script? It didn't work on this film. `The Sky Captain'-style post-processing just makes everything look blurry. (And why is it applied to only half the shots?) Just about everything in this movie is borrowed from something else, and it's slapped together on the thinnest of premises and tarted up with lots of CGI. When there's a break from the ridiculously-choreographed action sequences, you're bludgeoned with nonsensical subplots and indescribably awful dialogue until the heroine met the villain in their final showdown.

Anyways, I think that there is no justification in watching this film, spare yourself the pain and re-watch `The Fifth Element' or any one of the "Resident Evil's" instead.
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on 23 January 2008
I cannot believe the number of really bad reviews for this movie. There are some great special effects in this movie, and some lovely SciFi touches. Milla is gorgeous in the movie, the actions scenes are well thought out and implemented. Seriously what is there not to like. All i can really think of is that there is a seriously large anti SciFi thing going on among the nay sayers, but really if you dont like Sci Fi why buy this movie in the first place?

So my advise is if you like Milla, Sci-Fi, Martial arts, or special effects then give this movie a chance, and ignore the flat Earthers and their reviews.
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on 19 April 2015
This movie is just pure entertainment and from start to finish, its a vampire movie with a sci-fi twist, a hint of blade and the matrix and resident evil in one, in the future vampires are being wiped out and a small group of them are living underground and fighting back at the organisation who want them extinct, Violet (Milla Jovovich) is one of the vampire top assassins she must protect a child who maybe a cure for her disease, the movie from beginning to end is choc full of fantastic visual effects that look very comic book like, the costumes worn by Milla look very cool and very sexy, Milla looks stunning in every shot and was born to be in this movie, she alone makes it worth while watching, the weapons and gadgets are all cool too, this movie is pure popcorn fun all the way, action and fighting and shootouts and more fighting!! Worth picking up on Blu-ray!!

Blu-ray looks fantastic HD picture (Italian Import version)
Features include a commentary, making of and trailer (all in English language)
Region B, 88-mins, 2006, English language
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on 14 March 2007
To anyone who thinks Milla Jovovich is a Sci-Fi babe, this film will confirm it!!!

Sure the movie has some faults but you see a non-stop action hero do what she does best and everything you liked about Milla Jovovich in the Fifth Element and the Resident Evil movies is eclipsed by this. Very cool!!
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on 23 February 2013
if you love all things sci-fi then you will like this movie, the story is quite original, the acting is what you would expect from Milla, but to be honest it isn't that bad (i've seen a whole lot worse)
this is a good film to kill a few hours.
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on 22 January 2011
A film that isn't afraid to do whatever the hell it likes. It's an sci fi action movie and is a hell of a lot better than the resident evil movies
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