Ultraviolet (film)

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Ultraviolet
A woman with black hair and red lip, dressed all in white, and point a sword
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKurt Wimmer
Written byKurt Wimmer
Produced byJohn Baldecchi
Starring
CinematographyArthur Wong Ngok Tai
Edited byWilliam Yeh
Music byKlaus Badelt
Production
companies
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • March 3, 2006 (2006-03-03)
Running time
88 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$30 million[2][3]
Box office$31.1 million[2]

Ultraviolet is a 2006 American dystopian science fiction action film written and directed by Kurt Wimmer and produced by Screen Gems. The film stars Milla Jovovich as Violet Song, Cameron Bright as Six, and Nick Chinlund as Ferdinand Daxus. It was released in North America on March 3, 2006 to negative reviews and performed poorly at the box office. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on June 27, 2006.

The film follows Violet Song Jat Shariff, a woman infected with hemoglophagia, a fictional vampire-like disease, in a future dystopia where anyone infected with the contagious disease is immediately sentenced to death. With her advanced martial arts skills, a group of rebel hemophages, and a boy named Six, whose blood may contain a cure for the disease, Violet goes on a mission to overthrow the futuristic government and defeat Ferdinand Daxus.

A novelization of the film was written by Yvonne Navarro, with more back-story and character development. The book differs from the film in a number of ways, including a more ambiguous ending and the removal of some of the plot twists. An anime series titled Ultraviolet: Code 044 was released by the Japanese anime satellite television network Animax, and created by Madhouse.[4]

Plot[edit]

In the 21st century, an accident occurs in an illegal U.S. biotechnological laboratory, where they tried to create super-soldiers to subjugate the 3rd world, but the project goes wrong. As a result, part of the Earth's population became infected with a virus that overwrites & replaces DNA, & mutated into hemophages, creatures with vampire fangs that are stronger, faster & smarter than humans, but had very short lifespans due to genetic unravelling. People started a war against the haemophages, & they subsequently went underground. The super-soldier Violet Jat Shariff found herself in this underground. Law enforcement agencies were unable to stop the infection, sovereign nations collapsed, human rights are abolished, & due to the state of emergency on the planet, a world government's established by the ArchMinistry, a powerful corporation that's usurped the UN & WHO.

Violet was tasked with stealing supposedly human-made anti-mutant weapons. Using her superpowers, she alone on a motorcycle attacks the center ("Blood Bank"), where a superweapon is hidden that can destroy hemophages. However, the 9-year-old boy 6 turns out to be in the container - a clone of Vice Cardinal Ferdinand Daxus (president of the world) & a carrier of a virus dangerous for hemophages. Violet delivers the boy to the base, but, in a fit of sentimentality, prevents him from being killed by the hemophages.

From now on, she starts her own game, planning to create a vaccine that would return her to the human world. Now both the vice-cardinal's special forces & the hemophages are after her. Meanwhile, it turns out that the hemophages are colluding with the vice-cardinal, who himself turns out to be a secret hemophage. In the laboratory of people loyal to her, Violet learns that the boy's not a danger to the hemophages, but for the vice-cardinal he has a mysterious value. Violet learns that the vice-cardinal wants to increase his wealth through a new epidemic, an antidote from which he'll sell for a lot of money. The boy's the key to these insidious designs. Violet also finds out that it was Daxus who, in the past, working as a laboratory assistant, deliberately arranged an accident in the laboratory in order to subsequently take advantage of the situation to lead the world government. Violet Rescues the boy & destroys Daxus, Violet swears to protect the world from the hatred in society.

Cast[edit]

  • Milla Jovovich as Violet Song Jat Shariff
    • Ida Martin as young Violet
  • Cameron Bright as Six
  • Nick Chinlund as Vice-Cardinal Ferdinand Daxus
    • Steven Calcote as young Daxus
  • William Fichtner as Garth
  • Scott Piper as Garth's assistant
  • Sebastien Andrieu as Nerva
  • Christopher Garner as Luthor
  • Ricardo Mamood-Vega as Song Jat Shariff
  • Katarína Jancula as Shariff's new wife (extended cut)
  • Jennifer Caputo as Elizabeth P. Watkins
  • Duc Luu as Kar Waia
  • Kieran O'Rorke as Detective Cross
  • Ryan Martin as Detective Breeder
  • Digger Mesch as Detective Endera
  • Kurt Wimmer (cameo) as Hemophage
  • Richard Jackson as Archministry Computer Tech
  • Mary Catherine Williams as Purple-haired shopper (extended cut)

Production[edit]

Scene featuring Six (Cameron Bright) underneath the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai, China.

Production began in early February 2004 and was shot in various cities across China, most notably Hong Kong and Shanghai. Production was finished in late June 2004. The film was shot digitally on high-definition video using a Sony HDW-F900.

In 2005, the film's trailer was leaked on the internet. Director Kurt Wimmer then visited several message boards and demanded all clips be removed in order to keep the film's plot a secret. The online fan community responded well to this, and all the clips were removed from distribution until the theatrical trailer was publicly released in January 2006.[citation needed] It uses "Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Edition)" by Rob Dougan as the soundtrack[5] as well as "24" by Jem.

Jovovich was not pleased with the film, having been locked out of the editing processes despite promises to include her input on her performance.[6]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 8% approval rating based on 84 reviews, with an average rating of 3/10. The site's critical consensus states: "An incomprehensible and forgettable sci-fi thriller, Ultraviolet is inept in every regard."[7] On Metacritic the film has a score of 18 out of 100 based on reviews from 19 critics, indicating "Overwhelming dislike".[8] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade D+ on scale of A to F.[9]

Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter called it "The latest entry in the "This film is so bad we're not screening it for critics" genre." He also criticizes the action scenes "Although extravagantly staged, they're more than a little derivative" and "Other sequences are rather more ridiculous".[10] Robert Koehler of Variety magazine wrote: "Pic is hermetically sealed in a synthetic wrapping that's so total -- Sony's top-flight high-def cameras, visibly low-budget CG work, exceptionally hackneyed and imitative action and dialogue --that it arrives a nearly lifeless film."[11]

Box office[edit]

Ultraviolet was released in North America on March 3, 2006. The film grossed $9,064,880 in its opening weekend in fourth place. It grossed $18,535,812 domestically and $12,534,399 internationally, which brings the worldwide total of $31,070,211. With budget of $30 million, the film was a box office bomb.[2][3]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 27, 2006, in North America.[12] There are two versions of the film, an unrated version (94 minutes long) and a PG-13 version (88 minutes long). Additionally, the rough cut of the movie was originally close to two hours long; only 6 minutes of this lost half-hour was restored for the unrated cut. The North American, European, South American, Hong Kong, Korean Blu-ray is the PG-13 version of the film. This is because Sony previously would not allow Unrated or NC-17 content to be released on the then-newly released Blu-ray format, a clause which has since been lifted. However, the Japanese Blu-ray that was released on January 1, 2007, does contain the 94 minute Unrated version of the film, along with all the extras that appeared on the DVD, excluding a few trailers.[13][14] The film performed quite well in the DVD market, grossing over $35.1 million in rental sales. In the end the film turned in a healthy profit of over $36 million.[15] Despite this, there are no plans for a true restored Director's Cut.

The DVD includes a four-part documentary: "UV Protection: The Making of Ultraviolet" and an audio commentary with Jovovich. Some editions additionally feature some deleted scenes which were cut from the final release. But not all footage from the unrated extended edition was in the deleted scenes feature.

Extended version[edit]

The extended DVD version includes additional footage, increasing the running time and adding more to the storyline / plot. In this release there are additional scenes which include:

  • A scene giving more in depth information on hemophagia. Including how it elongates canines, improves strength, speed, vision, hearing, bone strength and regenerative abilities, but reduces lifespan to approximately 12 years.
  • A flashback that gives more background information about Violet and depicts all the hardships she went through because of all the hemoglophagia testing and how it resulted in the termination of her pregnancy.
  • A later scene shows Violet's reaction to her estranged husband's creation of a new life.
  • A scene which depicts a conversation between Violet and Six which develops their characters.
  • The chase scene between Violet and the soldiers of Daxus is lengthened.
  • The level of blood and gore is also increased by a small amount.
  • The amount of action is also increased by a small amount.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ULTRAVIOLET (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 17 March 2006. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Ultraviolet". Box Office Mojo.
  3. ^ a b "Ultraviolet (2006)". The Numbers.
  4. ^ "Ultraviolet Anime Announced". Animekon. Archived from the original on 4 April 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2008.
  5. ^ Which also features on The Matrix soundtrack (though not in the trailer)
  6. ^ Jen Yamato (13 August 2007). "ROTTEN TOMATOES: Milla Jovovich On Resident Evil And Her Ultraviolet Beef". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 26 December 2007.
  7. ^ "Ultraviolet". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Ultraviolet". Metacritic. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  9. ^ "ULTRAVIOLET (2006) D+". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on 20 December 2018.
  10. ^ Frank Scheck (6 March 2006). "Ultraviolet". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 16 March 2006.
  11. ^ Koehler, Robert (3 March 2006). "Ultraviolet". Variety.
  12. ^ Movies.go.com profile page detailing North American release date
  13. ^ "Ultraviolet Blu-ray (Extended Cut | ウルトラヴァイオレット) (Japan)".
  14. ^ "Amazon.co.jp: ウルトラヴァイオレット [Blu-ray]: ミラ・ジョヴォヴィッチ, キャメロン・ブライト, ウィリアム・フィクトナー, ニック・チンランド, カート・ウィマー: DVD". Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  15. ^ Rotten Tomatoes list of top grossing DVD rentals Archived 21 July 2006 at the Wayback Machine where Ultraviolet is featured at 37 as of September 17, 2006 (grossing $35.1 million)

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