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Total Crap: 27.85%

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Aeon Flux
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by Scott Weinberg

"From Oscar to Aeon: A Cautionary Tale"
2 stars

Here's what I don't get: You're a world-famous actress who just won the Oscar, which is pretty much the most impressive award an actress can receive. You're on top of the world, career-wise, and you can now pick between hundreds of new projects. So why, why, why is it that the Oscar-ladies always seem to gravitate towards stuff like "Tomb Raider," "Catwoman," and "Aeon Flux," movies that A) are VERY difficult to make, B) require no real acting skills, and C) invariably suck?

I guess it just comes down to the coin. Movies like Tomb Raider, Catwoman and Aeon Flux were probably, at one point (but not anymore), considered potential franchises, and actresses able to snag those roles can earn a massive (and ongoing) payday by appearing in such a franchise. So why shouldn't an actress, at the peak of her "star power," opt to star in a mindless action flick or three? All the men do it!

Aeon Flux is the reason why. Starring Charlize Theron (who has since admitted that she did this flick just for the paycheck) as a futuristic asskickerette extraordinaire, Aeon Flux is a shallow and soulless husk of a movie. It's as if someone just swept up the floor at the Sci-Fi Factory, and instead of tossing the junk into the garbage, they glued it together and called it a movie.

The year is 2400-something and there's this giant walled-in city that houses the last remaining 5,000,000 humans. The government is, of course, up to some evil machinations behind the scenes, and it's up to one rebel cell to bring the truth to light.

Or something. Basically Aeon Flux is a patchwork celluloid quilt of Logan's Run, The Island, Blade Runner, The Matrix, Underworld, The Chronicles of Riddick, and even Equilibrium, which is a patchwork quilt in its own right, albeit one that somehow works.

Aeon Flux bears practically no resemblance to Peter Chung's fascinating animated series; there's barely enough action to suit the mayhem fans; the dialogue ranges from vaguely purple to outright hilarious; the editorial style is trapped firmly on "random," and several respected actors are forced to look really, really silly. (Picture Pete Postlethwaite in a giant condom made of tissue paper or Frances McDormand sporting the same hair-do as the villain from The Incredibles.)

Not even bad enough to be considered fun-bad, Aeon Flux is 2 or 3 action scenes, a whole lot of seriously cool set design, and 95 minutes of brain-bashing jibber-jabber. It'll annoy the sci-fi fans, bore the action fans, and disappoint the cheesecake fans. (Ms. Theron, for her part, looks pretty fine in her skin-tight Aeonitard, but her performance wavers between blank, vacant, robotic, and mannequin-ish.)

"Aeon" earns a few (small) gold stars for the sparkling art design, some nifty cinematography, and a handful of eye-tickling set-pieces, but even a wide-eyed pre-teen movie geeklet will be able to spot the seams in the facade. Here's hoping that the next time Charlize Theron wins an Oscar, she'll deftly avoid the next mega-budget paycheck. I mean ... why follow up a career highlight with a career disaster?

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User Comments

1/08/16 David Hollingsworth insanely bad 1 stars
4/01/10 martin schofield Didn't think it was that bad, good visually, it wasn't attempting to be high-brow, but nor 3 stars
7/20/08 Shaun Wallner Great Action!! 5 stars
6/14/07 Bitchflaps Nothing special, but an entertaining hour and a half. 3 stars
6/12/07 Steve Newman The only reason I dont rate this as "sucks" is because of the fantastic PJs she wears!!!! 2 stars
4/03/07 fools♫gold Just here to urge you to find a better movie, or find the great cartoon somewhere instead. 1 stars
9/08/06 John Inane script - worse acting - real bad Sci Fi 1 stars
7/31/06 Scotty Visually stunning, yet emotionless, anticlimatic, and weak-plotted. 3 stars
6/29/06 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
6/03/06 Indrid Cold Weak story + bland acting + sci-fi channel look = silly, disposable 2 stars
5/28/06 daveyt not good 2 stars
5/11/06 Will Nitschke Pretty ordinary even if you love science fiction 3 stars
5/10/06 KingNeutron Impressive visuals, but No Soul in 1st half. 2nd half does a decent job tho. 3 stars
5/09/06 Sheldon No substance 1 stars
4/30/06 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
2/28/06 Don Paco blah. 2 stars
2/26/06 chris f brilliant movie i loved it 5 stars
1/10/06 Mike The worst couple hours of my life 1 stars
1/08/06 Angel West catwoman-like 1 stars
1/01/06 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
12/16/05 JamesCole A visual feast, plus a pretty good sci-fi story. Can't wait for the DVD. 4 stars
12/14/05 malcolm a lot of fun to look at but not engaging at all. 3 stars
12/12/05 Butterbean It's worth a look if you are familiar with the cartoon. 4 stars
12/11/05 millersxing The worst assassin you will ever see. Cool concepts compromised by goofy design. 3 stars
12/09/05 Michele I thought it was pretty good if you just go in expecting to see a sci-fi flick. 4 stars
12/07/05 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
12/06/05 pin poor story, poor acting, poor shooting, poor edit, poor direction 1 stars
12/06/05 leo 1% of human population isn't even close to 5 million. think about it 2 stars
12/04/05 Zigga She has an emo haircut! 4 stars
12/03/05 Roy Smith Eh..ok 3 stars
12/02/05 Brian Godawful. No justice to the series. 1 stars
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  02-Dec-2005 (PG-13)
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