Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Title: Ultraviolet
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Cameron Bright, Nick Chinlund
Director: Kurt Wimmer

Ultraviolet is bubble gum, pop cinema, hyper violent and comic book inspired, from the cover montage opening sequence to the brightly coloured sets and costuming. Director Kurt Wimmer learns from the mistakes of his previous film Equilibrium, by shedding any semblance of plot. Which actually isn't quite true, there are a couple of points of embarrassing characterization and attempts at emotional resonance - but if you close your eyes you should find Ultraviolet to be a wonderfully soulless action flick, which is great if you like that kind of thing. And i admit, I am occasionally partial to that, so that as a result I enjoyed Ultraviolet more than Equilibrium.

The character provides an initial voice over, setting up everything you need to know if the first couple of minutes. Its the future. Bioengineering has identified a certain tendency towards vampirism. Which has been engineered and exacerbated. Super fast, super-blah, blah, this engineered race are at war with humanity. Blah, blah, super-serum, last stand, blah. Lots of bright lights, blah, blah technology - oh look anti-grav motorbikes, oh look underdimensional links that allow swords and guns to appear from nowhere, wave a magic wand so that you don't have to think about it too much. Blah, blah, brilliant. Mila Fifth Element Resident Evil does what she does best as long as no one expects her to act. Saturday night, midnight showing, just the job.

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