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Aeon Flux
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by Mark Rodger-Snelson

"Not half as bad as I was expecting"
3 stars

Aeon Flux is a live action interpretation of the MTV animated series by Peter Chung. It has been absolutely torn to shreds by critics prior to release in Australia therefore my expectations were very low but I found myself quite surprised that it wasn’t that bad. As far as sci-fi adventures are concerned, it is no Blade Runner or Matrix but it is still a watchable entry into the genre.

Set in 2415 a time where disease has almost eradicated the human race except for a protected state known as Begna – a seemingly perfect utopia that is contained within a heavily secured biosphere. The movie centres around Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron), the top agent in a secretive rebellion group known as the Monican.

The mysterious Handler (Frances McDormand) leads the Monican rebellion and assigns Aeon to the ultimate mission of taking out the totalitarian government leader Trevor Goodchild (Marton Csokas). This is an assignment that she gladly accepts with it being the ultimate goal of the Monican movement and she also blames Goodchild for the recent murder of a family member. Fuelled by revenge and her determined beliefs Aeon uncovers a world of secrets that will leave her in an awkward and dangerous position as her loyalty to the Monican rebellion is challenged.

The look of Aeon Flux is fantastic – the sets, the special effects and the costuming (especially if you have a fancy for Charlize Theron) are all very appealing to the eye. The action scenes are also very well choreographed with Theron impressively performing most of her stunts and at only 95 minutes it never gets boring.

Unfortunately it does suffer from style over substance and leaves you wanting more depth. Strangely Aeon Flux has a top notch cast of award winning actors but does not do a great deal with them. The character development for all involved is very shallow. The main problem with Aeon Flux is that it enters a realm of intriguing ideas but never goes too far into developing them nor does it delve very deep into the personalities of the central characters.

Still, there is enough to like about Aeon Flux to warrant a visit to the cinema for a quick action fix, just don’t go looking for a mind-bending sci-fi experience otherwise you will feel a little let down.

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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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