Directed by Kurt Wimmer
Well, another Milla-fest!
A beautiful hemophage infected with a virus that gives her superhuman powers has to protect a boy in a futuristic world, who is thought to be carrying antigens that would destroy all hemophages.
This film is a Milla vehicle from start to finish, and I couldn`t ask for more. The film is severly flawed, yes, but there are multiple reasons for it, too.
Wimmer wasn`t allowed his final vision, the film`s FX weren`t even finished properly, and so it ended up a mess.
Not that it would`ve been a masterpiece, but it might have been a more satisfying film.
The original lenght was about 2 hours, cut down to under 90 minutes. The unrated cut (not director´s cut), is about 7 minutes longer, a bit more fighting and plot, but still not saving it.(still includes some important scenes)
But if you didn`t like the theatrical version, you won`t like it more with the unrated. It only benefits the ones who already liked it, wanting more… and it should have contained more blood and gore, it`s kinda tame in that department.
Despite that, I kinda have a soft spot for this film. And knowing it could have had upgraded FX and a more fleshed out story, hurts.
It`s still silly fun, often very easy on the eyes, at least mine. Mostly due to sexy Milla, who I just love in about everything.
It is ridiculously colorful, maybe too much for some.
Kurt Wimmer , again used the gun kata, seen before in Equlibrium, this time more fluently, as he intended already in Equilibrium, but his fight chorographer then , Jim Vickers, opted for a more rigid approach.
So, most of the fuck up, that Ultraviolet ended up beeing, is due to the producers interference.
I am afraid that a director`s cut will probably never see the light of day.
But that`s the way things go these days ….
It is a mix of several films, if you will. Think Blade, Equilibrium, The Matrix etc.
It is not exactly original, but to me, has a high entertainment value. You could make me watch it anytime, I wouldn`t object.
There was even a moment when I felt for Milla( and her baby), even if the film doesn`t make you feel all that much for the characters.
But then again, I can be very sensitive at times. And Milla makes me sensitive, in more than one spot.
Thankfully, Milla keeps making Resident Evil movies, so I get to watch her in even more zombie-dystopian-future films.
I`d like to see Wimmer get a proper budget and final say with one movie for once.
Until then he is busy writing screenplays for big budget movies, like Salt, Salt 2 and Total Recall.
Visually, I love it, even with the evident FX issues sometimes. Look over substance, in this case.
But paired with Milla, this is a guilty pleasure of mine. This also wasn`t a proper review, I know…
more of a statement.