on March 03, 2006 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
Yet another tired comic book adaptation (this time from Japanese source material), "Ultraviolet" contains not a whit of originality, complexity or intelligence. Instead, it's an amalgamation of tropes from "The Matrix," "Star Wars," "Kill Bill" and any number of mediocre science fiction/martial arts movies you'd care to mention. The thin story has something to do with a future wherein most of mankind has become infected by a plague and are targets for extermination by the medical and military establishment. Standing in their way is Violet (Milla Jovovich), a super-strong and skilled Hemophage -- which is what the infected humans are called. (They're actually declared to be vampires, even though they don't drink blood; it's never explained why or how they came to be labeled as such, but then logic isn't the movie's strong point anyway.) Violet has been assigned by her rebel force to steal an antigen which is to be released against her people and will likely mark the end of their time on Earth. Said weapon, however, turns out to be contained in a child, and now the maternal Violet -- a la "Aliens'" Ripley -- has to save herself and her new charge, which she does by eliminating everyone in her way.

The movie's comic-book violence, which, no doubt, is where the ultra comes in, is pretty much all there is to the plot, which, in between the killing, offers nothing but splashy colors, so-so special effects resembling a video game that's on the fritz, and very lame dialogue. For her part, Jovovich overacts atrociously, allowing her toned body and flared nostrils to do the work for her. The rest of the cast doesn't fare much better; "Invasion's" William Fichtner, in particular, seems to be regretting having signed on to this ridiculous project. This is disposable cinema, to be wiped clean from the mind as soon it's over and mercifully forgotten. Starring Milla Jovovich, Cameron Bright, Nick Chinlund and William Fichtner. Directed and written by Kurt Wimmer. Produced by John Baldecchi. A Screen Gems release. SF/Action. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violent action throughout, partial nudity and language. Running time: 89 min

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