Fans of Milla Jovovich"s midriff need look no further, as the all action MTA turns it into a virtual co-star in writer / director Kurt Wimmer's hit & miss sci-fi 'Ultraviolet'. I"d been looking forward to this movie, as I presumed it'd be in the same vein as Kurt"s accomplished sophomore effort; 'Equilibrium', and though Christian Bale's Gun Kata practising Tetragrammaton Cleric, now enjoys the same cult status as Snake Pilissken did in the 1970s, I seriously doubt 'Ultraviolet' or any of its characters (even one played by the excellent William Fincher) will follow suit.
Wimmer"s template for his picture was John Cassavetes 'Gloria' (in terms of the 'tough-broad-protecting-little-kid-in-danger' scenario), and yes, 'Ultraviolet' is a bit like 'Gloria'...if 'Gloria' featured an eleutheromanic, ianthine haired vampire chick with a Samurai sword, that is. The story (which sounds better suited to a PS3 game) involves an ongoing civil war between humans and hemophages, who ---wait for it---are victims of a sinister, secret government project to create super soldiers, turning them into vampires who were rounded up, systematically tortured, some escaped, went underground to regroup / lead the resistance and find a cure for their condition...but I"m making it sound a lot more complicated than it actually is. For 'Ultraviolet' is 94 minutes of 'Magna' inspired, comic book sci-fi action, yes, its basically 'Underworld' meets 'Kill Bill' meets every camera angle from 'The Matrix' , but crucially, 'Ultraviolet' (in spite of all its thieving) is a well paced, visually engaging film, which is great fun if you"re in the mood.
Its hard to believe that Milla Jovovich, that ditzy stoner from 'Dazed & Confused', has been active in the movie business for over a decade, and though I"m not a big fan of the 'Resident Evil' franchise, I loved her in both 'The Fifth Element' and 'Joan Of Arc', for whilst 'Ultraviolet"s' lady vampire may lack bite, she"s still got it where it counts. I"ll resist the temptation to use some trite, Vampire related puns from the Paul Ross school of film criticism; like 'fang-tastic', 'get your teeth into this' or '...goes for the neck' etc, but I will say that 'Ultraviolet' (and I"d strongly recommend the Region 1 Unrated Edition) is good entertainment for anyone whose ever found themselves hypnotized at some ungodly hour, by the razzle dazzle em" of 'Manga' anime. Fangs for the memories Milla.
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Thriller set in the late 21st century. A vampire-like disease called hemophagia creates a subculture of genetically-modified humans. These humans have enhanced speed, incredible stamina and acute intelligence. As they are set apart from 'normal, healthy' humans, the world is pushed to the brink of worldwide civil war aimed at the destruction of the diseased population. In the middle of this crossfire is an infected woman, Ultraviolet (Milla Jovovich), who finds herself protecting a nine-year-old boy who has been marked for death by the human government as he is believed to be a threat to humans.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play The Blood War is On!Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil The Fifth Element) Cameron Bright (X-Men 3) Nick Chinlund (The Legend of Zorro) and William Fichtner (The Longest Yard) star in this story of a woman caught in a futuristic civil war between the government and a subculture of disease modified humans in whom speed strength and intelligence are magnified In the film she must fend off the human government to protect a young boy who has been marked for death