Ultraviolet Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
Can you count the number of movies where something goes wrong in the weapons lab? Add the tale of Ultraviolet to the list! This time it appears to be the fault of some smart aleck who figured he could use an obscure virus to create faster and stronger soldiers. Instead, a disease hits the streets, creating a new race of genetically modified people called “Hemophages.” Their higher intelligence, superior stamina and ability to change color, has the government concerned. Soon paranoia divides the population and those who are not yet infected (referred to as humans) walk around with filtering masks and nose plugs.
This test-tube blunder sends society into an era known as “the age of the disease.”
Like many science-fiction movies, all of these issues are recounted during the opening act with Violet (Milla Jovovich) filling us in via an ongoing narration—which takes up a good portion of this short film. She closes off her bedtime story by finally introducing us to Vice Cardinal Daxus (Nick Chinlund). He’s a tyrannical ruler housed inside a prominent imposing building within their city’s futuristic landscape. Determined to wipe out the plague, the eeeevil mastermind has created the ultimate biological weapon: A scientifically engineered nine-year-old boy named Six (Cameron Bright) whose body chemistry has the potential to kill every Hemophage.
Now the fate of the world rests with our heroine, the woman with chameleon-like hair (part of her DNA toolkit) and a secret, personal reason for despising Daxus. But to take this bad guy out for good, she must find a way to get past his hundreds of clone-like guards… and that’s what she will spend the remainder of this movie accomplishing.
Thus, we are “entertained” by watching her slice, dice, and shred Daxus’s soldiers (choreographed to a deafening score I’m sure escaped from a dance club), and listening to captivating conversation between the two rivals:
Daxus: “I have seven hundred soldiers here. What do you think you can do to that many men?”
Violet: “I can kill them.”
Aside from these content issues, the script contains a few mild and moderate profanities, as well as a storyline requiring Violet’s character to remove all her clothing and walk down a disinfecting corridor. As a result, we see her nude from the back.
If you’ve ever been stuck watching someone else play a video game for over an hour, you will have a feel for how mind numbing this movie can be. Although all the shooting, stabbing, and chopping are usually bloodless, such altercations are almost a constant companion in this heroine’s world, making Ultraviolet more suitably named Ultraviolent.Starring Milla Jovovich, Nick Chinlund. Running time: 88 minutes. Theatrical release March 2, 2006. Updated April 17, 2009
Rating & Content Info
Why is Ultraviolet rated PG-13? Ultraviolet is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of violent action throughout, partial nudity and language.
Playing out like a violent video game, this film features a female heroine who has ultra abilities that enable her to walk around with an arsenal of weapons concealed in her body. Many scenes show her using these tools against masses of male attackers, resulting in deaths caused by knives, swords, guns etc. Little blood is seen in these interactions, although one shot shows a pool of blood forming around some bodies, and another shows a mechanized device removing blood from Violet’s arms. Other issues included a nude view of Violet from the rear, her penchant for wearing navel-revealing outfits into battle, her use of a vehicle to repeatedly run over a group of attackers, and a young boy who appears to be thinking about jumping from a tall building. As well, the script contains a handful of mild and moderate profanities.
Page last updated April 17, 2009
Ultraviolet Parents' Guide
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The most recent home video release of Ultraviolet movie is June 26, 2006. Here are some details…
You might need more than sunshades for protection if you expose yourself to the Ultraviolet DVD release, which is available in two presentations. First, there is the PG-13 theatrical version, which includes the featurette UV Protection: The Making of Ultraviolet and a cast commentary. Or second, there is the Unrated-Extended Cut version. The later offers the same extra materials as the former, plus some never-before-seen bonus footage.