Thursday, October 01, 2015

Ultraviolet (2006), Some Bullet Point Observations.

I recently sat down to watch Ultraviolet, a film I probably haven't seen since somewhere in the 2000s. Here are some things I noticed, they might help you decide if this is the movie for you.

  • I'm all for distinctive looking films. Ultraviolet however often crosses the line into cheap and campy looking. The constant soft focus in particular can be tiresome.

  • The music is pretty cool, albeit exactly what you'd expect from this type of film. Look at the poster. Now imagine the soundtrack. You are now listening to the actual soundtrack in your head.

  • The fights are pretty well choreographed overall, but the editing might be getting a bit too chaotic in some of these scenes.

  • The plot sometimes hinges on the main characters making irrational decisions.

  • It presents some pretty innovative technology, making the film deserving of the sci-fi moniker.

  • The one-liners are fun.

  • People never suspect that objects or other people might be holograms in a world where holograms are abundant.

  • Take note Stephenie Meyer, this is how you modernize vampires.

  • There are two twists in the climax. One that a frequent viewer of these type of movies will see coming a mile in advance and one that, although poetic, doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense.

This film's greatest weaknesses are its plot and a large portion of the visuals due to cheap looking digital sets. Its greatest strengths are the stunts and fight choreography, as well as some snappy dialogue and cool one liners. Casual moviegoers might be put off, but it remains a must see for fans of the genre. Of nothing else, the sole fact that  Milla Jovovich stars as the protagonist should get you interested.

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