Ultraviolet - Review
Review by Jack Foley
MILLA Jovovich seems to be stumbling from one disappointing futuristic action thriller to the next. Having disappointed in the lame Resident Evil franchise, she now finds herself lumbered with the excruciating Ultraviolet.
Directed by Kurt Wimmer (whose debut, Equilibrium, showed promise), the film is inspired by a comic book but also draws heavily from films such as Blade, X-Men: The Last Stand and, oddly, John Cassavetes’ 1980 cult classic Gloria.
Sadly, it’s a lamentable exercise in filmmaking that feels more like a computer game than anything else. It’s confused, ridiculous and quite frequently unwatchable.
Jovovich plays Violet, a lethal member of a genetically mutated subculture of humans who have emerged in the late 21st Century following a government experiment gone wrong.
Once changed, these super-humans display fangs, enhanced speed, incredible stamina and an acute intelligence but are treated as outcasts by politicians who fear their growing power and seek nothing more than to wipe them out.
Into this scenario comes a boy named Six (Cameron Bright), who Violet has been sent to kill. Rather than do so, however, she resolves to protect him and subsequently finds herself at odds with both sides of the conflict.
As potentially exciting as this synopsis sounds, Ultraviolet systematically squanders any of its promise.
By attempting to make the plot needlessly complex, Wimmer merely succeeds in rendering it nonsensical and stupid, while his direction would be more at home on a games console than a big screen.
The effects are useless and the fight scenes uninspired, making the whole look and feel of the film appear unrealistic.
Needless to say, the performances suffer as a result with not a single one of the film’s ‘stars’ providing viewers with anyone to genuinely root for.
The result is utterly tedious and certainly one of the worst viewing experiences you’re likely to endure this year.
Running time: 87 minutes