Ultraviolet

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4.41 h 27 min2006PG-13
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 pro..
Directors
Kurt Wimmer
Starring
Milla JovovichCameron BrightNicholas Chinlund
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SuspenseScience Fiction
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English [CC]
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English
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William Fichtner
Producers
John BaldecchiPauline Chan
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Foul languageviolence
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4.5 out of 5 stars

2198 global ratings

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RussellReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
"CAUTION"... read my review
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Item Description is WRONG.. This is the PG-13 Theatrical Cut.. Not the "Unrated" Version as stated... It is ONLY 87 minutes long... Not the 94 minutes of the "Unrated" version... Region show is 'Wrong' it is NOT all regions - it is region A.... Not a big problem but the language description is wrong too.. English PCM 5.1, English 5.1 and French 5.1... subtitles English, English SDH, French, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai... Sorry - Had to return my copy... Thank You Amazon for easy returns..!!!!
24 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Couldn't escape the shadow of Jovovich's Resident Evil franchise
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Ultraviolet takes place in a dystopian future where the world has been divided between people infected with a disease that makes them vampires and the humans. The vampires created a resistance with Ultraviolet (Milla Jovovich) being one of the main insurgents. She ends up standing up to both sides to try to rescue a child.

The first thing about the movie is that seeing Jovovich in a futuristic action movie is that the viewer immediately thinks of the Resident Evil franchise she starred in. It is a very similar role and has a similar look as well with lots of computer graphics. Also like that series there’s just a bit on the story and then the rest of the movie is one big chase and gun battle. Basically Ultraviolet couldn’t escape the shadow of Jovovich’s other movies and suffered as a result.
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Dakota Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
They cut parts out?!
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I bought this digital copy in attempt to convert my physical library to a digital version, but the movie is missing parts and its so obvious! I feel like I just bought a bootleg version of the movie! You're left wondering what the heck just happened in some scenes as it completely cuts parts out. I knew something was off when the first scene where she is describing the world she lives in didn't show the family with a kid dressed in all black and instead showed a guy with a red armband. I scoffed it off as an updated edited version that cut out a scene that might upset someone. However, I about shit bricks when I realized they cut out the scene where Violet evades the police by changing her hair color to purple and bumping into the Chinese chick in the mall with the same outfit and hair color. That whole scene is messed up and was turned into a nonsensical series of scenes where she runs up and down stairs. If you pay close attention, what Nevra says to her on the stairs doesn't make any sense because they cut the other scene where he first talked to her. There are a few more cuts and odd edits in the movie too, but those were the most obvious. Wish I could get a refund for this.
50 people found this helpful
Mike KReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fans of The Matrix and similar sci-fi will love this
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The first act alone is worth buying this movie: Violet making her escape after stealing "The Weapon." It's a great extended chase across town on foot, motorcycle, and cars moving through, between, and across the buildings and streets of down town Shanghai (although in the movie it's an unnamed fictional town). The action scenes throughout the movie are artfully set against a great mix of techno and trance music that matches the ebbs and flows of the action. This, along with the fighting choreography being based on several forms of martial arts gives the whole experience a Matrix-like feel.

The second act runs a little slow (as they often do), explaining details of the backstory that weren't covered earlier and setting up conflicts that take place in the last third of the movie. Bear with it and it picks up again with more action, culminating in a satisfying ending.

I really can't decide if the CGI in this is terrible or exactly as was planned. Parts of it are not very realistic - in most of the long shots the vehicles look like they're made of plastic. But being that this movie is based on a comic, it may have been intentional for parts to have a semi-realistic look, because the graphics in the near and close-up shots are perfectly convincing, even for a movie over ten years old.

For fans of extra content, the behind-the-scenes chapters are about an hour, covering the making of all aspects of the film, interspersed with comments made by the cast and crew both on and off the set.
9 people found this helpful
Wes BurgessReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
one of my favorite action films!
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Here’s the story of this futuristic martial arts film. A government weapons lab accidently releases a virus that causes a world pandemic (sound familiar?). A woman named Violet becomes infected, and the government forces her to abort her baby, sterilizes her, and kills her infected husband. Now embittered and alone, Violet trains as a revolutionary fighter, becoming ULTRA-Violet. But when a sick young child comes into her life, she changes her mind and uses her new skills to protect him.
Doesn’t that sound like a great story! Then why did Ultraviolet get crummy reviews?
Well, the film is about a woman and child. And, Violet is tough and strong-willed — especially about protecting children. And typically, I do not find that critics like martial arts films, even the great ones.
Also, the film is uber showy and stylish. It has art pieces, striking ultramodern architecture, and bold musical backgrounds competing for attention. Each scene has a different color scheme that fits the characters’ actions/emotions, and Violet changes her clothes and hair to match. Also, CGI is used to enhance textures and colors in a way you may never have seen
BEWARE: SPOILERS IN THE NEXT SECTION!
The film moves quickly and some of it is told in brief flashbacks, so perhaps it was hard for some reviewers to follow. I’ve seen it several times, and I’ll string the basic plot together for you so it is crystal clear, if you like:
Young Violet has specific plans for her life: find a friend, fall in love, marry, and have a child. But her plans are ruined when she gets a fatal disease that gives her enhanced healing, acute senses, and remarkable strength. Her kung fu training is aided by “flat space” technology that allows her to 3D print weapons and a device that allows her to defy gravity for a few seconds. Now, ULTRA-Violet steals a governmental super-weapon and barely escapes using kung fu, swords, and guns. But when she opens the weapon case, she finds a helpless child like the one she lost. Violet goes to the Blood Chinois group for help, but they made a deal with the government to kill her. Finally Violet escapes on a motorcycle that can race sideways, up, and down buildings to avoid police cars, black helicopters, and shooters’ gatling guns.
Back home, her scientist/boyfriend tells her the child is carrying a disease that will kill it. Violet realizes she loves the child and, after fighting off some traitorous colleagues, she returns to the head doctor to get an antidote to save the child’s life. She cries and one of her tears infects the child, gifting him enhanced healing. There is more fighting and a duel with the head doctor, before rescuing the child, helping find a cure for the pandemic disease, and bonding with her scientist boyfriend.
OK. RELAX. NO MORE SPOILERS!
WHO’S WHO:
KURT WIMMER (writer of Children of the Corn, Salt, The Thomas Crown Affair, Sphere) wrote and directed Ultraviolet. It was said that he’d visualized every frame of the film in advance. Wimmer later repudiated the film after a conflagration with Screen Gems over editing (but see Recommendations below).
MILLA JOVOVICH (Fifth Element, Resident Evil) plays Violet Song Jat Shariff, the nearly anorexic infected martial arts fighter whose life is changed by a child. She says she hates driving, motorcycles, and needles.
CAMERON BRIGHT (aka Cameron Douglas Crigger: X-Men) played the infected child named Six.
WILLIAM Fichtner (As the World Turns, Armageddon, Black Hawk Down) played Violet’s scientist boyfriend, Garth.
NICK CHINLUND (Jonny Quest, Lethal Weapon III, Con Air, Below, Training Day) played 6’2” Ferdinand Daxus, the head doctor and vice-cardinal of the government Archministry. He also played Toombs in the Chronicles of Riddick, but he came too light. I think he should have took the money.
WHAT IS THIS FILM ABOUT?
#1. This film is about a mother’s love for a lost child, set in a background of pandemic disease. The rest is eye candy.
2. Moreover, this is a martial arts film. So don’t be surprised if there is a lot of fancy fighting with swords and guns. There is a lot of kung fu that resembles gymnastics and dancing. For example, in one scene, unarmed Violet fights a crowd of killers by dancing so gracefully that she dodges their bullets and they shoot each other.
3. This is not a film about vampires.
CONSIDERATIONS:
I’m always trying to find you great films you may have missed. This film received terrible reviews and bad box office returns, but film lovers bought $35 million worth of DVDs and Blu-rays to make the film successful.
RECOMMENDATIONS:
If this review sounds interesting, take a chance and see this film. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but DON’T get the Expanded Director’s Cut. It is only available on DVD and expensive Japanese import Blu-ray, and it starts out with a narration that ruins the story and brings the action to a crushing halt. Instead, save some money and DO GET the “PG-13 Theatrical Version.” And get the great Blu-ray version if you can. Compared with the Blu-ray, my DVD image was fuzzy, the colors were muddy, and the stereo music unfocussed. BTW, this film sounded best on my stereo with audio set to uncompressed.
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I hope this review helped unravel this potentially great film. Enjoy!
And remember, “It’s just the wind.”
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Mark D. KlineReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Over the top in special effects for 2006
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Over the top in special effects for 2006. Some of the terrible reviews I'm seeing, aren't justified. Open your brain to what this movie is showing/suggesting. The low reviews aren't justified, for the artistic flare. Detail is above par. Sound and sequence, pause of action and then your reengaged. For those interested in going into this industry, this set a level and cadence other films worked to match. You can always find issues after the fact. Those comments noting issues, 11 years after and comparing, with a low score, well, look at other films from that time period. There weren't that many with this style.
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WaterguyReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Highly stylized graphic novel in movie form - one of the best in its genre
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This is a highly stylized graphic novel in movie form. Don't expect it to have a traditional story arc; it won't. What it does have is fabulous visuals, a strong female character kicking butt, and enough plot and character growth to make it a real story. It is more like a limited series of comic books that have a specific setting and story to tell. With comic books, it is more about the character than the story, and that is true of this movie as well. Ignore the plot holes and you will enjoy the visual story told in a series of style-over-substance vignettes. It truly is visually striking. In order to create the unique flow of the action sequences, not only are they highly choreographed, but they employed dancers instead of stunt men, which gives the action more of a flowing, stylistic, surreal feeling. These are very intense action sequences, but there is almost no blood; very true to the genre that spawned this movie. Taken in the right light, the movie is one of the best in its genre. Think of Trinity from the Matrix, on her own with a sword and two machine guns, ready to take out the bad guys and save the world.
5 people found this helpful
P. LunaReviewed in the United States on February 15, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A living comicbook
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Want a comic adaptation to screen? It may not please critics, but hey... critics loved The Last Jedi (yuck!). Ultraviolet is a piece of visual art. For those who love action, Milla Jovovich and comics, this is for you.
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