Milla Jovovich is making a bad habit of making bad sci-fi movies and Kurt Wimmer’s Ultraviolet is no exception. This futuristic story of a vampire trying to save the world in big sunglasses and body-hugging PVC was deemed "nonsense" by critics and the small minority who paid to see it.
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A half-hour 'Making Of' documentary is as frenzied and shallow as the film. Cast and crew quickly break down the story (which still doesn’t make sense) before moving on to the high concept visuals. Wimmer made the most of the architecture in Shanghai, but of course CGI played a big part. Apparently the writer-director is a bit shy (or just plain embarrassed) so it's left to the visual effects supervisor to sum up the look as 'realistically unrealistic'. There's also a peppering of behind-the-scenes footage that finds Jovovich getting geared up for some of the major stuntwork, eg the motorcycle chase ("I have an innate fear of motorcycles...") and the library fight scene.
An extended version of the library fight is included among six deleted scenes. An alternative opening is barely different from what exists in the film except for Wimmer ladling on even more expositional voiceover about the world of Ultraviolet. The most entertaining/hilarious scene features Jovovich and Sebastien Andrieu (who plays Nerva), furrowing their eyebrows and talking about the end of the world as if they’re trying to pitch a solution to your debt problems.
Slade is joined by writer Brian Nelson in one of two commentaries for the film. They talk about playing with audience expectations, the careful handling of the subject matter and the intricate business of putting it all together. Nelson is impressed that the final cut is so faithful to his original script, but Slade insists that "There were so many subtexts running through it" that "cutting things out was difficult." Complementing this track is a DVD-Rom copy of Nelson's script accompanied by Slade's notes.
Wimmer declines to explain this mess in the audio commentary so it's left to Milla Jovovich (and her two pet dogs). Sadly it’s a track that’s full of, like, vacuous exclamations about how, like, totally cool everything looks. Like, totally... The most searing insights include a) "Obviously Kurt wanted a gratuitous shot of my butt," and b) Jovovich admits to walking off set one day because she was, like, dismayed by the sight of performing monkeys being kept in small cages. What she doesn't say, but what's apparent is that she came back after lunch.
About a half hour into the movie, the 'actress' seems to drift off, occasionally rousing from sleep to utter something inane about how her hair looks. Two words: ultra dull.