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Ultraviolet

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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    9%
  • Audience Score
    30%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
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®

  • Tomatometer®

    9%
    reviews counted: 8
    see all Ultraviolet reviews
  • Audience

    30%

Top Critic Reviews

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

- Anton Bitel, musicOMH.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

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

Rotten:

- Brian Marder, Hollywood.com, Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Audience Reviews

1 star

"Hello. My name is Violet and I was born into a world you may not understand." That's a fucking understatement! I'm guessing the budget was tight though eh, still, must have saved a bit by not hiring a writer. Ultraviolet is an odd film, it looks like a bad video-game and has a storyline to match. The script is awful, although there are some hilarious moments (Are you mental?) and the effects are just headache inducing. It biggest flaw is it's lack of character development and the most unbelievable part of this SGI film is the relationship between Violet and 6. It's not 'So bad it's good' either but I can't help but think it's going to become a cult classic. Laughable but not hate-able.

- SirPant, Wednesday, December 9, 2009

2 stars

This is a bit of a misstep for Kurt Wimmer, who really knocked it out of the park with his visual style in Equilibrium. The style is all still here - as well as a beautiful new colour scheme - but the story is lacking. You'll never guess what this movie is about from the get-go: vampires. This reminds me of Aeon Flux in its eye candy, but with all the flat characters and the nothing story, it doesn't amoung to much.

- MidnightMadwoman, Sunday, June 22, 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