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'Ultraviolet' ** Movie Revuew 050406
The Work = **
The movie is a futuristic, post Matrix, sci-fi action flic, that opens with the narration by Violet: “I was born into a world you may not understand.” She neglects to add that you may not understand it because there is not enough plot to fill an infomercial and what plot there is can be a bit difficult to follow. 'Ultraviolet' attempts to be a sort of comic book brought to the screen but it fails because it lacks what some of the better comic book films have: story, character, and action that has some sort of impact and weight to it. 'Ultraviolet' simply has none of these things.
The film takes place in the future where a virus has turned half the population to vampires. They have fangs and seem to have superhuman physical abilities but they die off quickly. (Oh and the fangs are for show, they don't seem to drink blood.) Humans have quarantined themselves off from the vampires and are fighting to eradicate them. The vampires are fighting to infect the humans and find a cure (although more of the infecting and less of the curing.)
The humans are led by Daxus (Nick Chinlund.) Daxus’s plans seem to involve just doing a lot of things to make himself appear like an evil controlling prick. What his motivations are, I will leave for you to discover, though it doesn’t really matter in the end. The plot being so thin and the action being flashy but ultimately lacking much impact left the movie seeming long and boring. (This at only about 90 minutes.)
It is a real shame because 'Ultraviolet' is written and directed by Kurt Wimmer who wrote and directed the low budget, action flic’, 'Equilibrium'. I’m a big fan of that film and was looking forward to this one but I have to say anyway I cut it, I cannot recommend 'Ultraviolet'. There is simply not enough to recommend. There are flashes here and there of the ability Wimmer showed in 'Equilibrium' but it never builds to anything. Perhaps, making the film a PG-13 flic' instead of an R rated one drained some of the intensity from the action and working with all the computer generated effects shots took a toll on the story. Whatever the case, I can’t recommend 'Ultraviolet'.
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