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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violet is a genetically engineered vampire-terrorist-assassin. But she means well.
Violence & Scariness
Pretty much non-stop cartoony, bloodless violence: Violet kicks, runs over, shoots, and slams her opponents, without eliciting even red stains on their shirts.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Violet wears sexy outfit; in one scene she appears nude (as a silhouette).
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Mild cursing: two s-words, slang for male genitals, "damn," "hell."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie includes repeated (and repetitive) scenes of video game-like violence, with shooting, cars and motorcycles racing, falling, and martial artsy kicking. Weapons range from futuristic-zappy to old-fashioned. (For the most part, these conflicts don't result in bloody injuries, just "action.") The genetically engineered Violet protects a young boy, the target of multiple assailants. Violet wears very tight outfits; in an early scene, she's instructed to "strip" before entering a security scanner, revealing a shadowy version of her nude backside as she walks away from the camera. Language includes a couple of s-words, slang for genitals, "hell," and "damn." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
ULTRAVIOLET is incoherent even by the silly standards of other video game-based movies. According to Violet (Milla Jovovich), she lives in a future "you may not understand." But how could you, if nothing makes sense? Shot with HD cameras, the film looks bizarre, as if the entire surface has been scrubbed to resemble the soft filters and Vaselined lenses of old. It's an odd effect for the SF/action genre, but familiar to anyone who remembers Jovovich's Feria hair color commercials.
While Jovovich is an appealing model-turned-movie star, she's adrift here. By the last 15 minutes, it appears that whoever edited just gave up completely, and strung together a series of unrelated shots as an unresolved, hard-to-follow "finale."
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