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Overall Rating
2.32

Awesome: 5.06%
Worth A Look: 8.86%
Just Average: 26.58%
Pretty Crappy31.65%
Sucks: 27.85%

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Aeon Flux
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by brianorndorf

"The future means more spandex for everyone!"
2 stars

“Aeon Flux” is the type of lazy sci-fi blockbuster filmmaking that normally only rears its head on basic cable. While fun to watch Charlize Theron prance around in spandex, the film is a chore to sit through. And if you’re not already a fan of the series, the film will be a complete snooze.

When a virus wipes out 99% of the population in 2011, those that remain are placed under the care of Dr. Goodchild (Marton Csokas), a scientist who found a cure. Now 400 years later, Goodchild’s utopia, Bregna (the last city on Earth), is a breeding ground of corruption and treachery. There is an underground rebellion brewing, led by the Monicans and their greatest warrior, Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron). Given the order to assassinate Goodchild, Aeon plunges deep in Bregna, only to discover that the evil she’s anticipating is nowhere to be found, and that the truth behind Bregna could topple the city for good.

Why is it that every sci-fi bonanza recently released needs a good, long weekend of DVD rentals to fully appreciate the experience? Coming so soon after “Serenity” is “Aeon Flux,” adapted from the animated show that aired on MTV in the mid-1990s. For fans of the series, the plot and general design of the film will be familiar and even passable if you squint hard. However, if you couldn’t tell the difference between a Flux from an Aeon before you walk into the theater, be prepared to make this response to the picture: “whaaa?”

Stepping up to the Hollywood sell-out big leagues is Karyn Kusama, who made the critically adored indie flick “Girlfight” back in 2000. Kusama is well intentioned with “Flux,” yearning to create a future world populated with female superheroes, but she’s in way over her head. For starters, the production design is broad and aggressive, indulging in all those obvious sci-fi touches that typically accompany a basic cable production. The costumes are also a source of comedy, with Theron in a series of outfits that call attention to themselves instead of being integral to the character. All the actors are forced to wear very silly costumes and wacky haircuts, making me wonder why Kusama didn’t just paint “this is the future!” on the bottom of her frame and give poor Pete Postlethwaite a break from wearing the future equivalent of a Hostess fruit pie wrapper. Poor guy. After a short while “Flux” gets pretty visually outlandish, and not in entertaining, resourceful ways. The film eventually settles on a look similar to the wet dream of a 12 year-old boy, as produced by Matthew Barney. Not really the stuff of visionary sci-fi.

Kusama backs herself into a corner further by being so careless with the story, relying strongly on audience familiarity with the world and the characters. There’s not much for the average viewer to embrace with “Flux,” and the director struggles keeping the convoluted story straight even for the fans. Kusama keeps such a tight eye on the visual portion of the film, it’s as if she doesn’t realize that all her actors are speaking in a droning monotone the entire film, or that her plot could cure insomnia. Under Kusama’s watch, “Flux” is dreary, uninspired genre droppings that are all too common these days.

Paid the big bucks to step into Aeon’s spandex bodysuit, it is nice to see Charlize Theron exercise her looks again, which she’s spent the last few years trying to ignore. Theron is paralyzed by the static world Kusama has surrounded her with, but she cuts an impressive figure, slinking around the frame in all sorts of skintight costumes, which will likely make this the most paused DVD of 2006. Theron is unsteady as an action hero (with combat sequences cut to shreds by the editors), but she has the glare down, and, surrounded by achingly boring actors like Csokas, is consistently the only interesting person in the film.

“Aeon Flux” goes through the blockbuster storytelling motions for the climax, but what exactly is it paying off?

This is such a goofball production that the only way it could’ve ended appropriately is for Kusama to jump in front of the camera at the end and apologize for taking on a massive production that she obviously couldn’t juggle.

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originally posted: 12/02/05 03:58:21
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User Comments

1/07/16 David Hollingsworth insanely bad 1 stars
3/31/10 martin schofield Didn't think it was that bad, good visually, it wasn't attempting to be high-brow, but nor 3 stars
7/19/08 Shaun Wallner Great Action!! 5 stars
6/05/08 PAUL SHORTT A HIGH-OCTANE, INDISPUTABLY TERRIBLE PIECE OF FUTURISTIC SILLINESS 2 stars
6/13/07 Bitchflaps Nothing special, but an entertaining hour and a half. 3 stars
6/11/07 Steve Newman The only reason I dont rate this as "sucks" is because of the fantastic PJs she wears!!!! 2 stars
4/02/07 fools♫gold Just here to urge you to find a better movie, or find the great cartoon somewhere instead. 1 stars
9/07/06 John Inane script - worse acting - real bad Sci Fi 1 stars
7/30/06 Scotty Visually stunning, yet emotionless, anticlimatic, and weak-plotted. 3 stars
6/28/06 Ricardo I think that it worth a look, Its not so bad like everybody says 5 stars
6/16/06 ALDO looks great, good acting well worth viewing 4 stars
6/12/06 The Talking Elbow Starts really slow, towards the end it becomes good, then finishes. 3 stars
6/02/06 Indrid Cold Weak story + bland acting + sci-fi channel look = silly, disposable 2 stars
5/28/06 daveyt not good 2 stars
5/10/06 Will Nitschke www.capitaloffice.com.au Pretty ordinary even if you love science fiction 3 stars
5/09/06 KingNeutron Impressive visuals, but No Soul in 1st half. 2nd half does a decent job tho. 3 stars
5/08/06 Sheldon No substance 1 stars
4/29/06 adam te only problem with this film is that it was mis marketed as an action movie. 4 stars
3/16/06 Gary newton Visually stunning and Graeme Revell's soundtrack rolls wonderfully with the movie. 4 stars
2/27/06 Don Paco blah. 2 stars
2/25/06 chris f brilliant movie i loved it 5 stars
1/09/06 Mike The worst couple hours of my life 1 stars
1/07/06 Angel West catwoman-like 1 stars
12/31/05 Jasper I really, really, REALLY wanted to like this, but...bah! God dammit!!! 1 stars
12/26/05 B. Rose If you're into smart sci-fi stories you'll enjoy this movie. True to animated series. 5 stars
12/15/05 JamesCole A visual feast, plus a pretty good sci-fi story. Can't wait for the DVD. 4 stars
12/13/05 malcolm a lot of fun to look at but not engaging at all. 3 stars
12/11/05 Butterbean It's worth a look if you are familiar with the cartoon. 4 stars
12/10/05 millersxing The worst assassin you will ever see. Cool concepts compromised by goofy design. 3 stars
12/08/05 Michele I thought it was pretty good if you just go in expecting to see a sci-fi flick. 4 stars
12/06/05 Bobby da Squid A yawnathon and serious injustice to the animated series. 2 stars
12/06/05 jeff i agree with pin. very disappointed 1 stars
12/05/05 pin poor story, poor acting, poor shooting, poor edit, poor direction 1 stars
12/05/05 leo 1% of human population isn't even close to 5 million. think about it 2 stars
12/03/05 Zigga She has an emo haircut! 4 stars
12/02/05 Roy Smith Eh..ok 3 stars
12/02/05 Brian Godawful. No justice to the series. 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Dec-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 25-Apr-2006

UK
  17-Feb-2006 (15)

Australia
  16-Mar-2006




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