2005
Rated: PG-13 for violence, and mild language.
Genre: Action Adventure Science Fiction Fantasy Thriller
Directed By: Karyn Kusama
Running Time: 1:33
Review by: Felix Vasquez Jr.
Review Date: 8/19/07
Special Features:
Commentary by: Charlize Theron and producer Gale Anne Hurd, co-screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi
Five featurettes: Creating a World, Locations, Stunts, Costume Design Workshop, The Craft of the Set Photographer
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ÆON FLUX

 

I was never a fan of the techno-punk, cult series “Aeon Flux” from MTV, and for good reason. While, I’m always up for an animated series about a hot woman kicking ass, “Aeon Flux” was dull, lifeless, and ached to be as entertaining as fare like “Ghost in the Shell” from day one. Thus was MTV’s prime goal back in the days: make every series hipper than the last. And with this they failed. So it was only a matter of time for a movie to be made and eventually flop. You can blame America’s hesitation to enjoy a female superhero, you can say that they mishandled the character of Aeon Flux, but whatever excuse you create, at the end of the day “Aeon Flux” is a pretty bad film, clear and simple, and worse yet, it hearkens back to the absolutely excruciating “Ultraviolet” on many occasions. Sure, Charlize Theron is gorgeous in it, but gorgeous women does not a good movie make, kiddies. Most importantly though, special effects, regardless of how gorgeous, does not a good movie make.

With a rather incoherent storyline that’s obviously appealing to the video gaming crowds, “Aeon Flux” really relies more on the hyper stylized CGI, clunky staged sequence after sequence of Flux breaking in to every high compound in her home, and it’s clear that director Kusama places the aforementioned in a higher regard. There’s never a defined plot in this, only sequences of padding that are intended to serve as dialogue and exposition only for the sake of introducing another action sequence our viewer is forced to sit through.  

Between bouts of gun fights and acrobatics, “Aeon Flux” is a dreadfully boring and incomprehensible mess with a screenplay that constantly jumps between clunky to just plain embarrassing. The interplay between Theron and Okonedo’s Sithandra is awfully artificial from the moment they meet, and we’re forced to watch these two gifted actresses wade through the muck of stunt shows and convoluted chemistry. Okonedo is of course underused and woefully mishandled in her range, while Theron is constantly in a sleepy haze, delivering every bit of dialogue in a hypnotic low whisper, never displaying an inch of charisma or energy. Fans hoping for the same adult hyper kinetic science fiction atmosphere will sadly either have to settle for the dull and lifeless cliché Orwellian storyline, or abandon all hope and retreat back to the series. Either way, with “Aeon Flux,” I gather the series is a better alternative.

Boring, incoherent, bland, and cliché, “Aeon Flux” garners a strong cast who are all sadly wasted in sub-par performances portraying one-dimensional characters in a typical Orwellian storyline that’s flat and dreadful on arrival.

 

 

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