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Ultraviolet (2006)

Cast: Milla Jovovich, Milla Jovovich, Cameron Bright, more...
Director: Kurt Wimmer, Kurt Wimmer
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Sony Pictures
Genre: Science Fiction , Vampires, Post-Apocalypse, Mad Science
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French
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In the late 21st a disease called Hemophagia has genetically modified nearly an entire race of people, leaving them with such enhanced speed, intelligence, and strength that they resemble vampires in nearly every way. Fear begins to breed within the power elite as the disease continues to spread and those infected prove to be truly superhuman, and now, a civil war is brewing between uninfected humans and those altered by Hemophagia. Caught dead in the center of it is an infected woman called Violet (Milla Jovovich), who is bent on vengeance and has little left to lose. Provoked beyond reason by powers that will not rest until she and her people are dead, she will become everything her persecutors feared her to be. ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Bad, but not THAT bad by Hags888 March 30, 2008 - 6:04 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Maybe it was because I went into this one knowing its reputation for being "bad", but I didn't think it was as terrible as some critics made it out to be. So, first, the good stuff. The visuals in this movie were very reminiscent of Equilibrium. Lots of camera motion followed by a freeze. There were moments when the angles and symmetry in the shots were really impressive to look at, and the colors were very rich and vibrant, and I like how some of the shots setup illusions. It was a visually appealing film, especially if you're a fan of Milla Jovovich's mid-drif. If you enjoyed the martial art sequences in Equilibirum, especially the Gun Kata thing, you'll get some of that in this movie as well. As a professional musician, I found the music very engaging and quite well done.

Now for the bad. The acting was very average at best. Milla Jovovich is a competent actress (note: not great, competent), but her support (with the notable exception of William Fitchner) was stiff. The storyline was very singular and that made it quite uninteresting, especially considering the relative lack of back-story and character development. There was essentially no sub-plot, and the one major "twist" in the plot was predictable. The science behind the vampirism was sketchy at best and didn't follow any of the traditional mythologies about vampires (aside from pointy teeth and being sensitive to sunlight).

So, yes, the movie isn't that great, but it does have some good qualities. So, its not all bad. I gave it a 4 out of 10 for having good music, being visually appealing, and because I'm a fan of the Gun Kata thing from Equilibrium. But it didn't score higher , because the story and acting were too bland.

um, I have passed gas that was more entertaining than this by Alicat July 12, 2006 - 9:01 AM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
So, remember that creepy kid from the film "Birth"? Or the creepy kid in "XMEN 3"? The kid that is the cure for the mutants? Well, he is in this as a cure for...something. I couldn't figure out quite what the point was. Are they vampires or what? Do I care?
The best part is the opening credits with all of the comic book covers - Ultra Violet was not a real comic book. Whatever. The actions scenes were like watching a video game honestly. They looked like video games not real people. And hhow many Mila Jovovich movies are there that contain a scene with her having to take off all her clothes and go into a scanner. I mean can she please stop making this crap?

It was so bad. And not bad like "Show Girls" is bad, you know in a funny way. This was bad in a way that I had to turn it off.

Worse Than You've Heard. Really. by talltale June 17, 2006 - 7:16 PM PDT
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Worse than you've heard, and considering the rotten critical response, awful word-of-mouth and its theatrical tanking, that would place ULTRA-VIOLET in the "don't touch it with a ten-foot pole" category. Deservedly. With zero story and innumerable fight sequences--almost literally the same one repeated over an over, in which Milla Jovovich does a lot of ducking--this is one of the more incredible wastes of time yet conjured by the moviemaking machine. Kurt Wimmer should be ashamed, particularly after giving us the surprisingly rich "Equilibrium."

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