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Ultraviolet

Review by: 
Catwalk
Release Date: 
2006
Studio: 
Sony
Genre: 
SF/Action
Format: 
DVD
Region: 
1 NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 
1.85:1
Directed by: 
Kurt Wimmer
Cast: 
Milla Jovovich
Cameron Bright
Nick Chinlund
Seven Thousand guys in fetish outfits
Movie: 
3
Extras: 
2
Bottom Line: 
3

There are many people out there who positively hated Ultraviolet.  To those people, I say, “go watch ‘Torque’ and get back to me.”

Ultraviolet is a futuristic sci-fi, with the gorgeous Milla Jovovich (Fifth Element, Resident Evil) playing the title role.  Violet is a suped-up vampire with the ability to do amazing acrobatics, perform the highest degree of multiple martial arts, and she can dodge a trillion bullets at once without shedding a drop of blood.

She is a hemophage, the term in the UV world for what everyone else calls a vampire.  She is caught in the middle of a war between humans and hemophages, with the need to protect an innocent boy from his assassination.  Along the way, she topples other vamps, guys in gimp suits, a million unidentified soldiers and the ultimate bad guy, Daxus (Chinlund).

Daxus is really a mean bastard, but he spends the whole film with a noseplug, so it’s hard to think of him as much of a hard ass.

Kurt Wimmer wrote and directed the film.  He is most notable for writing other films such as Equilibrium and The Recruit.  In this particular endeavor, the number of plot holes and continuity errors could fill the yellow pages.  However, it’s 94 minutes of Milla Jovovich in tight clothes, doing amazing stuff with a lot of guns and swords.

If that’s what you’re looking for, then you will hit your expectations dead on.

Ultraviolet combines the best and worst elements of The Fifth Element, The Matrix, Underworld, The Golden Child, The Esurance commercials and half the videos by the rap singer, Pink.  If you can suspend disbelief (and it may take some good drugs to do so), this movie is enjoyable.

The final confrontation between Daxus and Violet is almost completely dark, which was an amazingly bad decision in hindsight.  It seems like Wimmer was so tightly tied to his characters that he often allowed the story or viewing experience to suffer simply to beef them up or spotlight one of their interesting traits.

Jovovich is decent in the film, showing a much broader range than her roles in The Fifth Element and even Resident Evil.  The model-turned-actress has become a bit of a stereotype in movies, but she maintains her poise well in the niche she’s found.

Cameron Blight (X-Men: The Last Stand) plays the kid in trouble, looking mostly like a mini-me version of that guy from the Smashing Pumpkins.  Beyond him, the supporting cast is pretty cookie-cutter in terms of dialogue and limitations, so it’s unfair to punish them for their portrayals.

Ultraviolet is a mixed bag.  There are some very cool twists on the vampire sci-fi trend, and some interesting character-specific visuals.  There are some equally piss-poor executions of wire-work and CGI, so the film cuts right down the middle of the road.

The Unrated Extended cut features a commentary track by Jovovich and a “Behind the Scenes” featurette.  If non-quite sensational visuals are going to piss you off, just grab one of the many Special Edition DVD’s of The Fifth Element instead.  If not, there are plenty of interesting elements to this story to make it worth a view.

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