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Aeon Flux review

2005.11.14 — Entertainment | Movies | Movie Reviews | by Mark Beckstrom

Aeon Flux

Aeon Flux. [official site]

Charlize Theron pretty hot, she is also pretty good in Aeon Flux—and she is a lean, mean, fighting machine. Kudos to her for taking a less dramatically-challenging role after the serial killer in Monster and the sexually-harassed coal-miner in North Country. Seriously. It's kind of cool.

In Aeon Flux, Theron takes on the challenge of resurrecting a ten-year-old MTV cartoon. Interesting New Zealander Marton Csokas stars as technocrat Trevor Goodchild and Briton Johnny Lee Miller appears as his brother Oren.

It's the story of a super secret agent trying to destroy the oppressive government of the future. Is it as good as you remember the animated show was? Probably. And it's certainly as weird.

[Theron] is a lean, mean, fighting machine....

The story is all about Aeon's "Monican" resistance group's attempt to end the rule of Trevor and Oren, mysteriously still in control of things 400 years after Trevor stopped the global epidemic. You may be shocked—shocked!—to find clones in this story.

This sci-fi-chick-action-flick was generally well-done, and not as convoluted as you might imagine a movie set 411 years in the future might be. A lot of the story involves the strange connection between Aeon and Trevor, which starts to feel a bit mushy. It was directed by Karyn Kusama, whose only other film is Girl Fight. It was written by the team of Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, who didn't have much success with Tuxedo or Crazy/Beautiful, but hit the right notes here.

This sci-fi-chick-action-flick was generally well-done, and not as convoluted as you might imagine a movie set 411 years in the future might be.

There were some very clever and creative gizmos and gadgets. The dystopian community of Bregna is coolly freaky, with interesting fashions and architecture, a mysterious robotic airship, personal communicator implants, wacky defense systems, and a secret laboratory hidden in a pocket dimension, not to mention the world's least comfortable pajamas. Unfortunately, people tend to disappear without warning and get carried away in body bags for vague reasons.

There are some nice action set pieces that utilize the gizmos and gadgets and a body count that certainly bleeds like the old cartoon. I found myself on the edge of my seat several times (which to me is a sign I must be at least enjoying the movie). The ending was a little cliche, but was actually the right way to go.

Seven stars out of ten.

 

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