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i'd missed the movie on the big screen and had resisted getting the DVD (waiting for price to go down :p) but was compelled to get the VCD (pre-loved) and unfortunately, i did not like what i saw (except for Milla, of coz).
mayhap my expectation was too high? at the very least i expected to be entertained. the plot / premise was a unique combination of my pet favs: vampirism and the (apocalyptical) future in bright shiny lights. and Milla Jovovich as a vampire? too delish to believe! ... and in the end, all i got was "bright" and "shiny". gawd, the colors were so bright, my eyes and senses were blinded so ...
/the plot - simple but unsatisfying.
/the directing - director Kurt Wimmer had a winner (it rhymes!) in Equilibrium. (and i enjoyed The Recruit quite) Ultraviolet was a futile exercise in excess. this is a prime example of: "trying too hard"
/the acting - lacklustre. loadsa passion but no craft. the Vietnamese-speaking segment got at least a chuckle and a raised eyebrow from me (like, WTH?) tis like a fan-film, but with loadsa budget.
/the visuals - everything felt a tad "european", in terms of treatment and flavor, and hence dialogue felt as if dubbed for some reason ... the colors become a huge wad of a deformed rainbow. quite painful to watch actually (but then again, i watched it on VCD, innit?)
/the design - competently executed (altho there is a somewhat retro-80's neon-thing going on for a bit which confused me) and i haveta give kudos to the costume and styling-team (purple hair notwithstanding) = they made Milla HAWT. real HAWT.
so hawt that she needn't take her clothes off to be sexy. and that's saying a lot.
and that's all i haveta say about the glam-sham that was under-delivered-promise of Ultraviolet. thank you for reading this far.
(review circa 27.08.06)