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action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy

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.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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3 out of 5
Positive messages
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3 out of 5

Incoherent video gamey sci-fi action movie.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie includes repeated (and repetitive) scenes of video game-like violence, with shooting, cars and motorcycles racing, falling, and martial artsy kicking. Weapons range from futuristic-zappy to old-fashioned. (For the most part, these conflicts don't result in bloody injuries, just "action.") The genetically engineered Violet protects a young boy, the target of multiple assailants. Violet wears very tight outfits; in an early scene, she's instructed to "strip" before entering a security scanner, revealing a shadowy version of her nude backside as she walks away from the camera. Language includes a couple of s-words, slang for genitals, "hell," and "damn."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the ethical or medical problems of cloning and genetic engineering. How are Violet's sense of identity and loyalty to her "community" premised on survival rather than trust? How does the film explain Violet's yearning for a family?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Undemanding, unengaging, and glaringly unoriginal, Ultraviolet gives real comic books a bad name.

- Anton Bitel,, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix, Tuesday, July 6, 2010


- Brian Marder,, Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Audience Reviews

1 star

"Hello. My name is Violet and I was born into a world you may not understand." Ultraviolet is high-concept, visually spectacular science fiction is also a criminal waste of both time and talent. Audiences may remember director Kurt Wimmer's initial success with the film Equilibrium. That was a highly impressive, taut action movie with an underlying message regarding the cost of being human. The established fans of Wimmer probably aimed their expectations unfathomably high when Ultraviolet was announced. Could this be another massive cult hit like The Matrix? Unfortunately, the emphatic answer is NO! It's difficult to describe all things that went wrong, as the answer is pretty much everything. The film is so dreadful, in fact, that finding the positives would prove so hard and stating the negatives is virtually redundant. Critics and audiences alike expressed their hatred for Ultraviolet and after watching the film with high hopes, I can see why. Practically everything on show here is below average - it features an incompetent script, terrible acting, bleak directing that never generates a moment of engagement, and the entire film doesn't make a lick of sense as the exposition is drowned out by the action. The film's setting reflects that of 2005's Aeon Flux and the plot is essentially identical. Human society has been decimated by a holocaust caused by biological warfare gone wrong. The objective of the research was to create super-soldiers with superhuman abilities...instead this materialises into a destructive virus. Said virus infects humans and transforms them into Hemophages - a sub-species with enhanced physical aptitude and vampire characteristics. Violet (Jovovich) is an infected woman battling the totalitarian dictator who is determined to wipe out her species at any cost. She steals the recently developed secret weapon...and discovers that this weapon is in fact a young boy named Six (Bright) who encompasses valuable antigens. With Violet's species wanting to eliminate Six, and the government desiring for Six's return to their facilities...let the mayhem commence. The Hemophages are not vampires as some have said, and Ultraviolet is not a vampire movie. The species possess a few characteristics of the vampires - like teeth and sensitivity to bright light - but they don't suck blood and sleep in coffins. It's a shame, though, because that'd be something far more interesting than this. Ultraviolet is dumb, big, loud and overblown. The sometimes impressive and colourful visuals are never grounded in any degree of credibility. Worse yet, there's no heart behind anything. The action scenes are entertaining for sure; however never are they riveting, and never is there any point! Precious little exposition means we're travelling from one needless action scene to the next. By the film's conclusion you'll be scratching your head with confusion. There is no meaningful narrative - setting up the plot is restricted to a few minutes of an excruciating voiceover. Considering the bad dialogue we do have, maybe it was for the best that it's kept to a minimum. Worse yet, the action is awkwardly shot and stultifyingly repetitive. The overabundance of corny visual effects makes the action inscrutable. Occasionally it is entertaining and fun to watch...but not past the first 5 minutes. The use of swords mirrors Kill Bill in a sense. But here the action is seriously lacking blood. It's sanitary to extremes, ergo growing tiresome very quickly. And when the characters begin talking, they're twisting their tongues around dialogue so unswervingly awful it sounds like a feebly translated dub track. The CGI is sub-par as well. Apparently it was to give the impression of a comic book, but this fails badly. Sometimes I honestly thought the CGI was a joke. The characters are also atom-thin, with acting that makes the proceedings seem like a corny melodrama. So neither the action, visuals, nor dialogue redeem this putrid mess! I will admit that the first 10 minutes did have me mildly interested and it saved the film from complete disaster. Things only go downhill from there. Wimmer's lens contains as much style as a monkey with a paint brush...and most shots resemble a poor man's video game.

- PvtCaboose91, Saturday, August 2, 2008

1 star

I loathe this trend of mindless hong kong style dystopian action flicks generated after that trash called 'The matrix'. Unbearable.

- pier007, Tuesday, July 15, 2008

1 star

The filmmakers have had a huge attempt to create something totally new and astonishing like "The Matrix" back in 1999. Well, it only is an attempt. I can't remember when did I last see a movie where I almost dozed off. The story is set in the future and there's a civil war between the government and these blood infected humans aka "vampires". Well, fuck me sideways and set the truth free. The truth is... It's crap. But because they did have an effort to create something with a "wow" factor, I'll give an extra half of a star.

- TheMachinist, Monday, July 14, 2008