Set in the 21st century, a subculture of humans called Hemophages has emerged who have been genetically modified, giving them enhanced speed, incredible stamina and acute intelligence. To the governments’s dismay, more and more of the population are being transformed, and they have set out to rid the world of this new subculture that they deem menaces society. One rogue warrior is bent on protecting her race – and seeking revenge on those who changed her life forever. With fierce fighting skills and chameleon-like abilities, Violet (Milla Jovovich) sets out to destroy a government’s designed time bomb that will eliminate all Hemophages. To Violet’s surprise, the deadly device is a nine-year-old boy, who was raised in a laboratory and goes by the name Six (Cameron Bright).
This film wants to be taken seriously as a superhero movie, given that it opens with the main character, Ultraviolet, being displayed colorfully on several comic book covers. Unfortunately, the movie is too out of control with the computer generated images and special effects, not to mention the overwhelming number of fights in which the heroine leaves a vast count of corpses in her wake. The overdone special effects cannot make up for true good storytelling, and although Milla Jovovich is terrific as a fighting dynamo, the lack of story leaves the viewer feeling empty. “Spiderman 2” is the way to do a comic book movie, with a background of real places and people to which we can relate. A small subplot of a man who is in love with Violet goes nowhere. This movie looks so sci-fi that it is hard to sympathize with anyone in it.
As far as the family viewing this film, it has so many killings in it, albeit little blood, that the number of deaths would require a body bag company to work overtime. The language is also strong and there is rear nudity of Violet, although the shadows and light hide a bit, but not all, of the scene. And there is partial nudity on some of the comic book covers in the beginning of the film. There is also a scene in which a needle pierces her eye and hands and it is not pretty. This is not one for the family.