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September 11, 2006 | by  | in Film | [ssba]


The second offering from the creative talent that gave us Equilibrium, Ultraviolet is an extravaganza of Kurt Wimmer’s incredible vision. A new twist to the vampire genre, Ultraviolet melds gothic themes with science fiction effortlessly.

In the future, the war between the Humans and the Haemophages is stylishly fought out with Milla Jovovich’s character, Violet, at the crux of the battles. The blood wars began when a virus engineered for military purposes is accidentally spread to the public. The symptoms of this virus include super-human abilities, similar features to vampires (longer canines and a sensitivity to light) but a shorter lifespan. In an effort to contain the disease, the medical establishment gained prominence and began hunting down all known Haemophages. An underground movement of Haemophages was formed, with the sole purpose of bringing down the medical establishment that hunts them.

The plot centres on Violet’s mission to intercept the delivery of a valuable weapon. This weapon has been rumoured to be the end of all Haemo-phages. What inevitably occurs is that the weapon is not what it appears to be and following this revelation, Violet can no longer uphold the agenda of the rebel Haemphages and is now hunted by two powerful groups.

Violet is often left to square off against the leader of the Haemophages, Nerva, and the leader of the medical establishment, Daxus. Along with various henchmen, the action sequences are beautiful and innovative.

The film is full of classic one-liners that border on the cheesy. These fit quite well with Wimmer’s style, but may leave you wallowing in mirth, where the intended effect was just the opposite. The strengths of Ultraviolet are largely due to the excellent attention to detail that leaves you sated on the visual feast — the ideas involved just in the costume design alone are breathtaking in their creativity.

While I enjoyed the fantastic eye-candy, Ultraviolet unfortunately was a bit of a disappointment. The plot was lacking in any real coherence, and the overall production was not polished and left me with an unsatisfied, empty film experience.

Was to be released at Hoyts, but now straight to DVD


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