In the near future, a new subspecies of human called hemophages,
a vampire-like race, are fighting for their very existence as human leader
Vicecardinum Daxus (Chinlund) seeks to develop a virus that would wipe them
out. The hemophages are fighting back however but when their most lethal
weapon Violet (Jovovich) steals a package from the humans she is shocked
to find it contains a child known only as Six (Bright), who is the carrier
for the virus.
After making an impact with 'Equilibrium' in 2002, Kurt Wimmer
became a cult director and the new hope for low budget science fiction but
'Ultraviolet' shatters all that expectation.
While 'Equilibrium' didn't have the most original of plots,
it was the 'Gun-Kata' martial art and the performance of Christian Bale
that made the film a cult favourite in the Sci-Fi genre. This put writer/director
Kurt Wimmer on the radar and when he announced that his next project would
cross science fiction and vampires, interest was instantly sparks but it
turns out that Wimmer might just be a cinematic one-hit-wonder.
'Ultraviolet' is a complete mess and something that you would
associate with the worst director working in Hollywood at the moment, Uwe
Boll, than the man who brought us 'Gun-Kata'. The dialogue is laughable,
the storyline is clichéd and unintelligible and the visual effects that
look more at home in a video game.
Setting out to make an original comic book movie, Wimmer and
his creative team just totally get it wrong. While we know that the beautiful
Milla Jovovich can handle action and she shows again that she is one of
the best female stars to handle a gun or a sword but she is just an amalgamation
of the parts she has played before. Nick Chinlund plays Vicecardinum Daxus
like he is in pantomime, hamming it up for the camera and proving that he
is a very one dimensional actor. William Fichtner is completely underused
as Garth, the hemophage gadget man. Cameron Bright plays his usual weird
boy who is the subject of scientific experiences and still doesn't impress.
'Ultraviolet' has a few good science fictions ideas, such
as the weapon storage system and the mutated vampire virus but the rest
is an incomprehensible mess. As a science fiction film it just doesn't work
and could be one of the worst examples to ever grace the genre. It looks
like Uwe Boll has a new best friend and his name is Kurt Wimmer.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1, the
movie is presented extremely well.
Commentary with Milla Jovovich
The star of the movie talks about bringing Kurt Wimmer's comic book-like
heroine to the silver screen. Even though she is quite intermittent in
her comments and her dogs join her, she provides a decent commentary track
for single person. She talks about the script, character and the approach
of the film. The star also reveals the amount of training she had to go
through for the role and what it was like filming in Shanghai. This is
a decent commentary from a star that deserves better movies than this.
UV Protection: The making of Ultraviolet (30.52 mins)
Executive producer Tony Mark, producer John Baldecchi, cinematographer
Arthur Wang, visual effects designers Ken Jones and Victor Wong, stunt
coordinator Mike Smith, costume designer Joseph A. Porro and stars Milla
Jovovich, Nick Chinlund and William Fichtner take you through the making
of 'Ultraviolet'. The cast and crew talk about the story, the style and
look of the film, as they take you behind the scenes of 'Ultraviolet'.
The featurette covers the characters, the motorcycle stunt sequence, the
fights and the costume design of the futuristic comic book movie.
Deleted Scenes (12.09 mins)
Entitled 'Alternative Opening', 'Violet blends in', 'Stick by me', 'The
Opera House', 'The Library fight extended', these deleted or extended
scenes suffer from the lack of a commentary track or introduction.
Previews of 'The Da Vinci Code', 'The Detonator', 'Fear itself: Dark Memories',
'Freedomland', 'Hollow Man II', 'I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer',
'Population 436' and 'When a Stranger Calls'
Even though the film is awful, Sony has done a good job with the DVD
treatment. The featurette covers most aspects of the film's production
and the commentary track is fine. If there are any fans, they will be
very pleased with this.
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