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by EricDSnider

"Incoherent but pretty to look at. And that goes for the movie, too."
3 stars

One of the things that recurs in the repetitive, bombastic dialogue of "Ultraviolet" is the title character telling us: "I was born into a world you might not understand." She's not kidding, either. And we're going to continue not understanding as long as the movie continues to avoid explaining it to us. In the meantime, I guess we'll just look at the pretty pictures.

The place is: I don't know. The time is: THE FUTURE!! It's one of those pristine, litter-free futures, where everyone wears white and there are no homeless people. A plague spread among the people some time ago, leading to fear and chaos and a concerted effort by the semi-fascist government -- led by the obviously evil Daxus (Nick Chinlund) to wipe out all its carriers. But the carriers don't necessarily see themselves as victims, and they've banded together underground to fight against their oppressors.

People who have been infected are called Hemophages -- "blood eaters," literally, though the movie doesn't tell you that -- and they have super-strength and other powers. They are casually referred to a few times as "vampires," which surprised me, since the movie hadn't mentioned that before and since none of them ever does anything vampire-y. I guess it makes sense, being known as "Hemophages," but I didn't remember what "-phage" meant, only "hemo-." My Greek isn't what it should be.

Anywhich, a Hemophage freedom fighter named Violet (Milla Jovovich) steals a government weapon that turns out to be a young boy (Cameron Bright). Contained in this boy's blood is an antigen that will either kill all the Hemophages, or possibly all the humans. (There is some confusion among the characters on who the weapon is meant to harm.) Either way, it's slowly killing the boy, so Violet has to act fast to ... um ... figure out ... how to ... um ... something.

In order to do whatever it is she's doing -- saving the boy? Curing her people of hemophagia? Killing Daxus? -- Violet must kill a lot of soldiers, security guards, police and secret agents. Once it is established that she always emerges victorious no matter how many opponents she faces in a given battle, the fight scenes take on a certain irrelevance. There's no suspense, no chance she'll even be captured, let alone killed. At one point she seems to be killed, and then her friend Garth (William Fichtner) is shown waking her up, explaining that ... um ... she was ... I guess ... sleeping? ... or something? I didn't catch it.

The movie was written and directed by Kurt Wimmer, whose "Equilibrium" (2002) had a little cult following. With "Ultraviolet," it would seem he wrote a coherent, plausible script, then went through and removed every other line. How else to explain this confusing jumble of sci-fi jargon and random plot twists, where the characters know perfectly well what's going on but the audience doesn't?

I said the characters know what's going on. The actors, I think, don't. The line readings are all flat and bland, except from a few minor characters who, apparently never having acted professionally before, chose to speak their lines in an exaggerated, comical fashion.

What I like is the film's "look," with sets that emphasize primary colors (hinted at by the comic-book opening credit sequence) and a style of photography (and perhaps makeup) that makes characters' faces look waxy and mannequin-like, almost otherworldly. Many sequences look like a combination of live-action and CGI, and the effect is dazzling to behold. Like I said, if we can't figure out what's going on, at least we have pretty pictures to look at.

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originally posted: 03/04/06 21:57:20
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User Comments

10/15/17 Carl Martin Film either dwells on Jovovich' looks or on bad swordplay. 2 stars
2/08/13 Yup I think it's a fine film. Not my favorite, but I definitely don't think t's crap. 4 stars
1/21/12 Kyle Not many will like this movie, but it is great 5 stars
9/15/10 the dork knight Is this supposed to be based on those Esurance commericals? 2 stars
10/23/09 Schezarde creative motorcycle side of a building hair/clothes colorChange fire swords pink blast gun 4 stars
11/07/08 darin yuhas i liked the movie i dont care what aney body says there a bunch of idiots! 5 stars
11/21/07 fools♫gold Not like the awesome vampire show of the samename. Lotsa greatstoriesto watchotherthanthis. 1 stars
6/30/07 us Ouch! Can I get a refund on the last two hours of my life? 1 stars
5/10/07 nathan its a very good movie 5 stars
1/22/07 Brian Mckay Best parts = opening credits and Milla's wardrobe. Action is subpar, though plentiful. 2 stars
11/09/06 LJ Great Style Flick, watch it 4 design and effects - no good film stories out now anyway! 4 stars
10/23/06 Browncoat Quite satisfactory 5 stars
10/17/06 sci-fi lover sucked, millas hot, movie is not. Over blown,over directed piece of garbage 1 stars
9/07/06 Jiz Cheesy effects, contrived fight scenes, lame characters, predictable plot. 2 stars
9/06/06 Booksworm Excellent! "V for Vendetta" meets "Underworld"! Reminds me why I go to the movies! 5 stars
8/14/06 Indrid Cold One of the most extreme examples I've ever seen of emphasizing style over substance. 2 stars
7/09/06 charles i hate this crappie movie 2 stars
7/07/06 Rocky Cool looking special effects, modestly entertaining story, repetitive fight scenes 3 stars
6/26/06 noddy was peter watching the same film. worst film i have seen in 10 years. 1 stars
6/04/06 mary awesome 5 stars
4/27/06 Erika Clarkson Milla J & her diarrhea BELONG in a cesspool, but her stinkiest BM is this BAD MOVIE! 1 stars
4/22/06 Don Paco What a load of crap. Someone save Milla from this cesspool! 2 stars
4/21/06 Dominic Chiu Ultraviolet is a piece of Garbage that is not even worth a penny. 1 stars
3/27/06 Danny Johanson Yeah, Craptastic. Pretty... but crap 2 stars
3/16/06 ducka Really bad, but really cool looking 2 stars
3/15/06 malcolm action scenes almost make this movie average, but we've seen it all before 2 stars
3/13/06 JKava Visually tantalizing! Will get posters of Milla. Script is absent however. 3 stars
3/12/06 dieselboise This was one of the worst movies I have ever seen 1 stars
3/10/06 Jim McLennan Enjoyably comic-book, in both style and action 4 stars
3/09/06 Steve Michaud Makes "Aeon Flux" look like "Blade Runner" by comparison 1 stars
3/08/06 Mushuga Meh...no better or worse than "Aeon Flux"...that says it all. 2 stars
3/06/06 Darren Shea Visually stunning, but it seems to revel in its incomprehensibility. 2 stars
3/06/06 RealFilmFan Ultraviolet sucked, so take that Peter Sobczynski. 1 stars
3/06/06 Nightcat Amazing special effects and fighting. Don't watch if you are expecting oscar performances 4 stars
3/05/06 Movie Critic This movie is a piece of shit wrapped in shit. 1 stars
3/04/06 Evil Wolfie Plot makes no sense and the action bits are bland due to PG rating. Should be bloodier..... 2 stars
3/03/06 KingNeutron Very cool, stylistic film; but you really have to understand the director's vision to enjoy 4 stars
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  03-Mar-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 27-Jun-2006



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