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Movie Reviews: Ultraviolet + Threads

Ultraviolet (2006)

In this comic book styled movie Violet (Milla Jovovich) fights against a totalitarian medical regime led by the whore dropped bastard Daxus. This has a great trailer but this film is full of fight, pose, fight some more, pose some more, idiot plot, made up technology and is absolutely mad. There is too little information provided on the disease, the blood wars and this germ phobic world.

Daxus leads his evil minions from an nice and really unsubtly shaped building, shame the actor has all the charisma of sauerkraut because that really mutes the threat level Daxus presents especially after the revelation about him at the film’s climax.

This is loud, bright, dumb, incoherence but it has some nice touches: the bracelet credit card, the printable disposable phone and the ominous mention of something called the Collapse.

Best Lines:
“Do you know who I am?”
“How could I not? Tyrant, ego maniac, narcissist.”

“Are you mental?”

Threads (1984)

This famous BBC drama/documentary was Event TV in it’s day and it still retains its power. It’s dated but it is bleak, involving viewing. Set in Sheffield, it shows the effect on two ordinary families of global nuclear war and the absolute devastation that follows.

Ruth and Jimmy decide to get married when she unexpectedly falls pregnant, they admire their new flat as in the background a complicated political crisis centring on Iran unfolds. But they have their families, Ruth has her beloved cat and Jimmy has his precious aviary and the thought of their unborn child to keep them happy. And then the attack sirens sound, a mushroom cloud is seen in the distance and glass milk bottles melt in the heat oncoming firestorm. Everything is swept away: houses, people, pets and civilization itself.

Jimmy’s parents survive in the ruins of their house knowing all their children are dead, both are dying of burns and radiation poisoning and are in despair. Elsewhere an emergency committee are trapped in their bunker and do nothing but yell and are unable to cope with the devastation. Ruth, her parents and grandmother survive in their cellar until Ruth runs away unable to cope. Eventually the grandmother dies and her body is left for the rats and the parents are killed by looters.

Ruth stumbles around in shock in the ruins. A hospital is full of screaming people and the floor is drenched in blood. Unburied corpses are everywhere. A vague form of martial law is established, if you can work you get some food. Dead sheep and rats are eaten by the desperate. Ruth gives birth and she and her child have no hope. Civilization is shattered and there is no way to rebuild. This was good chilling stuff full of nightmarish imagery.
Tags: 1980s horror anthologies, movie review, ultraviolet

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