First reviews in for Wimmer's Ultraviolet vampire film
8th Feb 05
Even with the SFX reportedly only 50% finished, Kurt Wimmer's 'Vampire' film follow up to Equilibrium has started receiving some positive feedback (in terms of the look of the film at least) after its recent test screenings.
Ultraviolet stars Milla Jovovich as Violet the Vampire (or should that be Hemophage) in a world where there has been an outbreak of a virus that turns people into vampires. Not vampires in the traditional sense, more like slightly super-human beings (stronger, better vision, hearing and healing powers etc) but the catch is that once infected you only have ten years to live. Of course in true movie tradition, this eventually leads to a stand-off between humans and vampires and much bitch-slapping.
"The badass ninjas and gas-mask wearing guards were pretty cool. The gunfights and anti-gravity scenes were pretty something new (driving on the side of a building with a moto(rbike) for one), and Milla really carries the character this time. She does her fair share of acting and ass kicking; it's not about guns and one liners with Violet, A-La Alice in Res' Evil."
Review excerpt from Aintitcool.com
"...because the dialogue, storyline, acting and idea sucks. So how can it suck so bad and yet be amazing? This movie has by far the best action sequences I've seen in years - some far superior to the second and third 'Matrix' films. Violet has a special wristband that can condense weapons and like in Desperado she can have them fully armed and in her hand in seconds and can change them at will. She goes through hundreds of guns, swords and knives and unloads every single bullet. The choreography is phenomenal!"
Review excerpt from Bloody-disgusting.com
So, it all looks fine (and with more work on the SFX it's obviously going to look even better), but the plot, story and dialogue suck. Sounds pretty much like any other Hollywood horror of late then, (see Underworld, Blade 3, Van Helsing etc), but with Wimmer working away on the film until its Stateside August release, this is one film that could just be worth keeping your eye on.
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