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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Milla Jovovich
Cameron Bright.
Directors
Kurt Wimmer.
Screenwriters
Kurt Wimmer.
Running Time
87 minutes

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Ultraviolet
Vampire film from the man who brought us Equilibrium


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Plot
It’s the late 21st century and normal humans war with those turned into vampires by a bio-engineered virus. As one of the few vamps left, Violet (Jovovich) infiltrates a secret government facility to steal the humans’ ultimate weapon: a nine-year-old boy (Bright).


Review
Ultraviolet

Kurt Wimmer’s previous film, the underrated Equilibrium, was a derivative tale but showcased the director’s eye for action with spectacularly choreographed sequences. This follow-up, set in a similarly dystopian future, shows what can happen when such potential is beaten unconscious, stuffed in a suitcase and buried alive beneath 100 tons of concrete.
It's only 87 minutes long, but every second of Ultraviolet feels like a month in detention. All meaningful narrative is disposed of in an excruciating voiceover, leaving it impossible to underthink the first-draft nonsense that passes for a story here. Which would be bad enough if the action were impressive, but even the elaborate martial arts prove awkwardly shot and stultifyingly repetitive.
It’s actually quite an achievement that even during the major set-pieces Wimmer fails to generate a single moment of real engagement. Things don’t improve when the dust settles either, as this is when the characters start talking, twisting their tongues around dialogue so consistently bad, it sounds like a poorly translated dub track. The CG is low-grade, the characters atom-thin, the costumes clichéd and the sets devoid of inspiration. In fact, there’s so little that’s right with Ultraviolet, finding fault is almost redundant. Arse of the highest (lowest?) order.


Verdict
Unengaging, uninspired and unwatchable. A criminal waste of time and talent.


Reviewed by James Dyer

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RE: I 100% agree with biggzy1991

NOT seen it yet but I feel the need to defend Kurt Wimmer. This is not his movie. Initial screenings ran for over 2 hours, Sony really didn't like the cut, and removed him from the project quite early on into post production. This is Sony's version of the film. You'll notice Kurt isn't involved in any of the marketing, only features in achieve material on the DVD and doesn't provide a commentary. Sony.Fucked.Him. ... More

Posted by MoBiUGeArSkIn at 18:33, 20 June 2006 | Report This Post


I 100% agree with biggzy1991

For me this is a great ACTION movie. No not DRAMA, ACTION movie. I would rather watch a fit chick kick arse than a soppy movie any day. Oh and this film is uninspired!? WTF! ... More

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Posted by LeonX42 at 16:26, 20 June 2006 | Report This Post


if you don't...

....get to see her bot in this one, like what you did in 'Resident Evil' then I ain't going to watch it. ... More

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Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 13:44, 20 June 2006 | Report This Post


Worst...Movie...Ever

The Empire review is spot on for this movie. How Wimmer has devolved from Equilibrium to this is inexplicable. SPOILER ALERT (If the movie hasn't already managed that itself) - The Kid dies, only to become infected, and then wakes up uttering the line "I thought I was dead". Simply stunning. So while you were dead, and your brain was inactive, you thought about the status of your life? Someone smack Kurt Wimmer in the mouth! ... More

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Posted by optimus_prime6012 at 11:44, 20 June 2006 | Report This Post


Not bad at all

Everyone hashing this movie is comparing it to other big budget blockbusters like Kill bill, underworld etc. This movie had little money and did alot with it. The CG and set pieces are incredible and the fact that the empire review guy things they are crap is because he is synical. The story line is crap yes. i totally agree, but if we wanted a good story line we would read a book. THis movie is not about what they are saying ofcourse not. Its an ACTION MOVIE! and it does a great job, the fight... More

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Posted by biggzy1991 at 08:38, 20 June 2006 | Report This Post


Oh dear

This film is terrible, it is that bad that the screening i went to, the closing credits was greeted to sarcastic applause. Every action sequence gave me motion sickness and the dialouge was straight out of a computer game which is in fact what the whole film feels like, and looks like with the apalling cg backgrounds. BAN THIS MAN FROM MAKING ANYMORE FILMS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... More

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Posted by cookio1982 at 22:29, 19 June 2006 | Report This Post


RE: THIS SOUNDS A BIT LIKE DEJA VU

Yeah I noticed that too.  But it's more to do with it being the same actor in both films, otherwise you probably wouldn't notice. ... More

Posted by Caster at 16:59, 19 June 2006 | Report This Post


THIS SOUNDS A BIT LIKE DEJA VU

WASNT THERE ANOTHER FILM WHERE CAMERON BRIGHT WAS A WEAPON, HELD IN A SECRET FACILITY, AND WASNT THERE SUPERHEROS THAT BROKE HIM OUT, OH NO THAT WAS XMEN LAST STAND... PLEASE CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHY HOLLYWOOD IS CONSTRANTLY RE-HASHING STORY LINES? IS IT ANYWONDER WHY BOX OFFICES ACROSS THE BOARD ARE DOWN? ... More

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Posted by DNASH at 14:44, 19 June 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Not so bad

on.  Go on, go on, go on, go on...  ... More

Posted by Caster at 23:37, 18 June 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Not so bad

I will not judge until i have seen (which i will never do because it looks crap). ... More

Posted by BobaJango at 22:11, 16 June 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Not so bad

I got the extended cut on DVD in the post today and found it a little empty but still worth a watch. It is very much a glossy movie without anything to it, but it is silly fun. The fights are enjoyable but have no blood at all, if they had added some splatter to the sword and gun fights it would have felt more real. Overall the CGI is passable and the movie is fast paced enough to stop the viewer from thinking how mad it all is.   Silly but fun 2/5   1 star for Milla, 1 star f... More

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Posted by Godzilla at 21:57, 16 June 2006 | Report This Post


Not so bad

I liked it. Okay it's pure style over substance and the plot is indecipherable (the antidote for the cure for the whatnow?) but Jovovich gets to act for a change whilst kicking ass, and it looks amazing. A couple of the fights are borderline classic (the rooftop where the camera floats through sunglasses as bullets let fly). Sadly the CGI is cheap and ruins some great ideas (anti-gravity) and it's so glossy you start to think it's ALL a nintendo game. But if you liked Equilibrium's style you... More

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Posted by Caster at 19:51, 16 June 2006 | Report This Post


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