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Æon Flux (2005)

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Aeon Flux is a mysterious assassin working for the Monicans, a group of rebels trying to overthrow the government. When she is sent on a mission to kill the Chairman, a whole new mystery is found.

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Karyn Kusama
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Aeon Flux
Marton Csokas ... Trevor Goodchild
Jonny Lee Miller ... Oren Goodchild
Sophie Okonedo ... Sithandra
Frances McDormand ... Handler
Pete Postlethwaite ... Keeper
Amelia Warner ... Una Flux
Caroline Chikezie ... Freya
Nikolai Kinski ... Claudius
Paterson Joseph ... Giroux
Yangzom Brauen ... Inari
Aoibheann O'Hara ... Scientist
Thomas Huber Thomas Huber ... Scientist
Weijian Liu Weijian Liu ... Scientist
Maverick Quek Maverick Quek ... Chemist
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400 years in the future, set in the year 2415, Aeon Flux is a mysterious assassin. Four centuries after a virus nearly annihilated the human race, leaving only five million survivors in a utopian city called Bregna. Aeon is struggling to destroy the Goodchild regime led by its namesake, Trevor Goodchild, the ruler of Bregna and a descendant of the man who found a cure for the deadly virus. As instructed by the Handler, Aeon is assigned to assassinate Goodchild, but there are deeper secrets to be discovered, and conspiracies to be foiled. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 2005 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,661,112, 4 December 2005

Gross USA:

$25,857,987, 5 February 2006
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The theatrical trailer contains alternate and unused footage (ie. Aeon wears a less revealing set of clothes when she gets up). See more »

Goofs

When Aeon takes a sample of the water in the cell, the glass is a few inches from her heel. In the next shot it's about two feet away from her. In the next shot it's back by her heel. See more »

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Æon Flux: [narrating] Some called Bregna the perfect society. Some call it the height of human civilization. But others know better. The Goodchilds built Bregna to ensure us a future. They built the Relico, a memorial to remind us of what we've survived. They built walls to protect us. They tell us that outside, nature has retaken the world. But the real problems lie within. We are haunted by sorrows we cannot name. People disappear and our government denies these crimes. The Goodchild regime...
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At least it's not as bad as Catwoman. Yippee.
2 December 2005 | by TheMovieMarkSee all my reviews

"I hope the movie's better than the animated MTV series," my cousin scoffed as the opening credits played. Since I had never seen the Aeon Flux short films (and I dare not judge them) I inquired, "Was it not very good?" "No," my cousin informed me.

The fact that my cousin was asleep within 10 minutes tipped me off that he was as unimpressed with the movie as he was the original series. I shouldn't be too surprised. It's usually not a positive sign when a movie's only nationwide screenings are 10:00 PM the night before its release and press aren't officially invited. I suppose it's a good strategy in one sense - lull people to sleep at this late hour and then they can't, in good conscience, ridicule what they weren't awake to see.

Holding out hope that the movie would at least be mindless entertainment, I assumed the studio knew the critics had their pun guns loaded and were ready to fire off such headlines as ... wait for it ...

"Aeon Flux? More like Aeon Sux!"

Therefore, I gave Paramount the benefit of the doubt. "Ah, this is just a case of the studio saying they don't care what the critics think," I said to myself, trying to remain positive. "They're only concerned with how much the movie will entertain regular moviegoers. This is a movie for the people, not the stuffed-shirt critics!" How naive I was.

Now I'm not demanding the second coming of Star Wars whenever a new sci-fi film is released, but does it hurt to do *something* to stand out from the pack? Earning the title of "2005's Most Generic Sci-Fi" does not count. Uninspired acting, a lack of an imaginative story, no strong villain to root against, weakly-rendered CGI, and a pace that my dead pet turtle could keep up with aren't my ideal ingredients for a fun night at the theater. Sure, Charlize looks really good sashaying in her black outfit, but look where Halle Berry's ability to look smokin' hot in black leather got Catwoman.

Speaking of the unimaginative story, I'm starting to feel a little guilty.

"About what? Being so hard on Aeon Flux?"

No, about my detailed plot description. Allow me to apologize. Reading my synopsis, you may be misled to believe that the story is fairly intriguing. Admittedly, on paper the story looks to have promise, but the paper is where the promise stays.

For example, you remember those secrets that my synopsis said Aeon would uncover? Sounds interesting, right? Ooooh, deadly secrets will be revealed! Bring on the tense plot twists! If only. The most novice of sci-fi fans will have the basics figured out within the first 10 minutes. Let me put it bluntly: Aeon wants to kill Trevor Goodchild, she figures out that something's fishy, Trevor has a brother (Miller), and we immediately see them at odds. Care to guess how this will pan out?

"Well, at least there was a lot of cool, fast-paced action and mesmerizing special effects, right?"

I wish. That's what shocks me most. I figured, "OK, I'll go ahead and assume I won't get much in regard to story and character development. But at least the effects should impress." If you've seen the trailer where Charlize barely stops herself from falling in the blades of grass then you've seen about the best the movie has to offer in the effects department. That's not high praise. Everything else consists of Aeon showing off her mad acrobatic skills. Whenever you see her jump you can take it to the bank that a flip will be incorporated, and you can guarantee that the flip will serve no useful purpose.

The gunfights are of the "Charlize stands in one spot, turns around, shoots a bunch of guys, but doesn't get hurt" variety, while the hand-to-hand combat is an extra mild "show extreme close-ups so people can't tell that Charlize doesn't know how to fight" flavor. But the action sequences are only inserted whenever the director decides it's a good idea to break away from long "Charlize slowly walking around looking at stuff" sequences.

And if the slow pace isn't enough to make you regret shelling out hard-earned dollars for this ticket, then I have a feeling the trite dialogue will force you to analyze future movie choices more carefully. We're treated to such deliciously uninspired lines as "I'd keep off the grass," "I like my shoes," and "I've been your brother for a long time." The actors deliver these lines with such a void of emotion that it's obvious they know the lines aren't worthy of even a little mock passion.

I'm all for superhero films with a strong female lead, mainly because I love watching hot chicks wearing cool outfits and kicking Kirstie Alley-sized buttocks. In my opinion, Kate Beckinsale in Underworld has set the modern day standard. So I was actually looking forward to Aeon Flux (surely you can't go wrong with Charlize Theron, right?). Unfortunately, its mediocrity falls somewhere between the levels set by Catwoman and Elektra, and it'll simply be known as another action/superhero movie that couldn't be saved merely because it boasts a sexy lead.

As for my napping cousin? When he awoke and noticed the closing credits were scrolling he asked (and you may wonder the same thing if you decide to skip it), "What did I miss?" The most passionate answer I could come up with was, "Not much."


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