Starring: Milla Jovovich
Director: Kurt Wimmer
Opening Date: 24 February 2006
Maybe it’s an underlying male chauvinism or maybe sex
simply doesn’t sell that well anymore, but most of the recent hot chick in
skimpy outfit as action heroine movies simply tanked at the box office.
Think of Catwoman,
Elektra, Aeon Flux,
Bloodrayne and few others and you’ll
know what I mean.
OK, so maybe those movies simply sucked, but this box
office trend didn’t stop the producers of Ultraviolent, er sorry,
Ultraviolet, a kick ass sci-fi action movie starring Milla Jovovich
(Fifth Element, the
Resident Evil movies) as the action gal in question.
The adolescent in me still digs the idea of
good-looking women beating the tar out of bad guys, but maybe audiences
just don’t find violent sexy women all that alluring anymore . . .
Set in the late 21st century, a subculture of humans have emerged who
have been modified genetically by a vampire-like disease (Hemophagia),
giving them enhanced speed, incredible stamina and acute intelligence, and
as they are set apart from "normal" and "healthy" humans, the world is
pushed to the brink of worldwide civil war (a war between humans and
hemophages) aimed at the destruction of the "diseased" population. In the
middle of this crossed-fire is - an infected woman - Ultraviolet (played
by Milla Jovovich), who finds herself protecting a nine-year-old boy who
has been marked for death by the human government as he is believed to be
a threat to humans.
Kurt Wimmer wrote the script with Milla Jovovich in mind as
the lead character.
Milla Jovovich's character uses a more authentic variant of
"Gun Kata" - a unique blend of gunfighting and martial arts developed by
director Kurt Wimmer for his previous film Equilibrium (2002).
While on the set, Kurt Wimmer asked Milla Jovovich to punch
him, in order to get a feel for the intensity she was putting in her
action sequences. For the next several days, Wimmer directed the film with
a black eye.
A teaser trailer and a rough cut of one of the action
sequences leaked to the Internet after being shown to a small group. Kurt
Wimmer has since requested that all clips be taken offline in order to
keep the film mostly a secret until he decides to let it out of the bag.
No traces of the clips remain on the Net.