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Ultraviolet

Review courtesy of SA Movie & DVD Magazine

By James O'Ehley

Milla's dental appointment turned out to be a bit of a nightmare ...

A few years back director Kurt Wimmer made Equilibrium, an unoriginal sci-fi action movie featuring some unexpectedly enjoyable — albeit implausible — Matrix-style action sequences. This year Wimmer is back with Ultraviolet...

Wimmer claims to have written this Aeon Flux-like sci-fi movie specifically with lead actress Milla Jovovich of Fifth Element and Resident Evil fame in mind.

What Jovovich did to deserve this particular movie isn't exactly clear. The same goes for the poor audience. This time we also have implausible and over-the-top action sequences, but the movie is so overloaded with them that they become tiresome. Wimmer obviously have never heard the expression ''less is more''. When a heroine is as invincible and indestructible as the one portrayed here and kills off hordes of faceless henchmen without even so much as breaking a sweat, the action becomes simply repetitive and pointless.

To make matters worse, the CGI effects are particularly cheap and obvious looking. Scenes which are meant to be photorealistic look instead like a bad PlayStation game. Come to think of it, I've seen better graphics in the computer games we had back in the old 486 days. No wonder today's youth prefers playing computer games to going to the cinema: the graphics are better and games at least offer some interactivity.

All Ultraviolet offers is an incomprehensible plot filled with the sort of meaningless technobabble that gives science fiction such a bad name. Also, the movie has no rhythm or tempo. Fuelled by an incessantly thumping techno soundtrack designed to give you migraines Ultraviolet is just one damned cheesy-looking action scene after the other without so much as a hint of tension or emotional resonance. It was as if the entire movie was created so that they could make a cool-looking trailer out of it.

But don't be fooled: Ultraviolet is a stinker . . .


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