Aeon Flux (2005)



Movie Title: Aeon Flux

Year Released: 2005

Rated: PG-13

Runtime: 1h 33min

Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Director: Karyn Kusama

Writer: Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (based on the characters created by Peter Chung)

Starring: Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo, Frances McDormand, Pete Postlethwaite, Amelia Warner, Caroline Chikezie, Nikolai Kinski, Paterson Joseph, Yangzom Brauen

Review: Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron) is a mysterious assassin that is part of a rebellion striving to overthrow the oppressive government. When she is assigned to assassinate leader Trevor Goodchild (Marton Csokas) Aeon begins to uncover shocking secrets that could undo the last city on Earth.

Based on the acclaimed MTV animated series from the '90s, Aeon Flux (2005) is a bland, boring sci-fi snooze-fest that lazily rips-off other, better, futuristic films and wastes the acting talents of several solid screen-performers which include Frances McDormand, Pete Postlethwaite, and Charlize Theron.

This definitely feels like a cash-grab movie or a "hey, what else can we redo or make 'live-action' because studio executives couldn't make anything original if their useless lives depended upon it" movie.

I remember the cartoon quite well. It was unique, odd, creepy, dark, sexy, dangerous, and exciting. The movie really wants to be all of those things and I believe that star Charlize Theron and director Karyn Kusama wanted it to be that way too, but, as we all should know by now, the studio knows better. Give me a break! This movie just plain sucks!

Aeon Flux as a character is seductive, mysterious, and very deadly. This live-action feature, is such a sanitized version of everything that made the original animated show so memorable. Here, she doesn't have much of a character at all. I don't really care about her or her plight. Charlize Theron seems so one-note as she sleepwalks through this abysmal so-called movie. She's a great actress, but if you have a script as bad as Aeon Flux did, her Oscar-winning talent and endless sex-appeal couldn't even save it.

This movie is so incredibly uninteresting that just thinking about it now makes me sad that I'll never get those 90 minutes back. The script is terrible, the action scenes are bad, the characters are crap, the story is lame, and the studio should be paying me for the pain and anguish it put me through as I sat through this. I feel bad ripping on it because of the very talented people that worked on it. Sometimes it's best to just leave some properties alone. Aeon Flux...more like Aeon Sux!

Stars (out of 4):
       

Fun Fact: At one point, Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct this film.



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