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"The Perfect World Meets The Perfect Assassin "Aeon Flux is a mysterious assassin working for the Monicans, a group of rebels trying to overthrow the government. When she is a sent on a mission to kill the Chairman, a whole new mystery is found.
Aeon sux: all style no substance
Overdoses on style to compensate for poor writing.
Remember when MTV actually used to air music videos and other shows
besides Reality Shows? Aeon Flux (2005) is based upon one such show – a
cartoon from the mid-90s – featuring a superhuman female protagonist in
black latex clothing. Aeon, played by the lovely Charlize Theron in
this adaptation, is a cold detached rebel who is as dexterous as a
line-dancer and as deadly as a viper-snake. She needs to be, if she
expects to kick the asses of the totalitarian government.
I love science fiction, but hate the sudden influx of half-assed
futuristic dystopian technology-overdosed films like The Island (2005)
and Equilibrium (2002) (bottom of the pile). Aeon Flux has all the
problems that are present in these films, but amplified. That is, there
is nothing original left to show so they compensate for it with the
sleek style that Matrix (1999) catalyzed. The special effects are
therefore sensational in Aeon Flux which earns it a few points, but
scratch the surface and there is literally nothing there.
To make matters worse, all performances in this film are atrocious and
some actually wound me to watch. Charlize Theron's character Aeon Flux
is interwoven with the most cheesy tough-chick schtick and it seems as
though the director Karyn Kusama cannot quite decide where to go with
her next – should she make her more detached or more emotional? She
doesn't know! Let's go both ways! Imagine you take a shotgun, load it
chock-full of character developments of different sorts and there fire
into a random mess. This is the character of Aeon Flux.
The film Aeon Flux puts forward all the 'mandatory' ideas in a
dystopian society - individual vs. society, nature vs. science, emotion
vs. cold reason, etc. You've seen all of this before, and better done
at that. Go read Orwell, Bradbury or Huxley, or even watch Logan's Run
(1976) or Blade Runner (1982)... anything! Avoid this viciously
uninvolving cheese-fest for as long as you can.
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