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Aeon Flux [Blu-ray] [2005]

3.8 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas, Jonny Lee Miller, Frances McDormand, Pete Postlethwaite
  • Directors: Karyn Kusama
  • Format: Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CO9KKY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,563 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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In the 25th century, a virus has decimated mankind. The few remaining survivors are gathered in one last city. Political conflicts, though, have taken their toll. Into this setting, acrobatic assassin Aeon Flux makes a dangerous trek to take out the government's top leader.

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Like the animated series it’s based on, Aeon Flux is the kind of sci-fi that’s best appreciated by the MTV generation. It’s a serious attempt at stylised, futuristic action/adventure (the title character, played by Charlize Theron, is essentially a female James Bond for the cyberpunk era) and taken for what it is, it’s not all that bad. The action takes place in the year 2415, four centuries after a virus nearly decimated the human race, leaving only five million survivors in a utopian city called Bregna. Aeon belongs to the Monicans, a secret rebel resistance force that is struggling to destroy the Goodchild regime led by its namesake, Trevor Goodchild (Marton Csokas), the ruler of Bregna and a descendant of the man who found a cure for the deadly virus. As instructed by the Handler (Frances McDormand, gamely playing along in ridiculous sci-fi regalia), Aeon is assigned to assassinate Goodchild, but there are deeper secrets to be discovered, and conspiracies to be foiled. This leads director Karyn Kusama (who fared much better with her debut feature Girlfight) to indulge in all sorts of routine action and fast-paced gunplay, but the elusive pleasures of Aeon Flux are mostly found in the sleek athleticism of Theron and costar Sophie Okonedo (as a fellow Monican), who commit themselves 100% to roles that are dramatically flat yet physically dynamic. Other highlights include Aeon’s high-tech gadgetry (including an eyeball that doubles as a microsocope) and the amusing sight of Pete Postlethwaite in a costume resembling a construction-site disposal tube, but Flux fans may wonder what happened to the surreal, chromium sheen future that gave the MTV series its visionary appeal. As a live-action feature, Aeon Flux is a miscalculated exercise in cheesy style and dour tone, but it’s entertaining enough to earn a small cadre of admirers. --Jeff Shannon

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This movie is sorta split down the middle: The first half is a choppy, heavily-edited mess of fight scenes, bad CGI (I mean, we nailed this in 1993, come on people) and characters doing their best to act when they've seemingly been told to keep their faces as neutral as possible. Once the big twists start coming in and we get the whole story, however, the pace picks up, the dialogue starts to sound better and the story as a whole starts to feel more cohesive and engaging. The fights seem to have been edited more clearly too; in the first half they are heavily cut and don't let you know what's going on, but the ending is far better edited, it's like they switched editors halfway through. I couldn't recommend it outright purely because it takes so long to get interesting.
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AEON FLUX (2005) is a super futuristic Sci-Fi set in 2415 and starring Charlize Theron and Marton Csokas. I found it quite extraordinary and aesthetically pleasing with its innovative ideas and beautiful settings. Charlize Theron is, as usual, perfect in the role. She must be one of the most versatile actresses out there.

Æon Flux (Theron) lives in a futuristic city confined within walls which keep out the rest of the planet which is supposedly uninhabitable. Within the walls lives the remainder of a human civilisation that was almost wiped out by a deadly disease. When the disease was controlled and ultimately eradicated, the citizens within the walls continued to live their lives under the command of Trevor Goodchild (Csokas) and his brother Oran. But there is unrest. People are having recurring strange thoughts and dreams, some are disappearing or killed by the police, including Aeon's sister. No one knows why this is happening, no questions are answered as people are afraid to ask. They live in a controlled state of unspoken fear. However, a rebellious movement called the Monicans arises. They want Trevor Goodchild assassinated and so they send in Aeon Flux, an expert in self-defence and combat, to eliminate him.

Despite the fact that a lot of the sci-fi seems implausible (but who, a hundred or so years ago, would have thought we would land men on the Moon, have mobile phones, satellite, and be able to communicate to others thousands of miles away instantaneously) the plot is realistic and an old story that is happening around us all the time. People are subjugated, there is unrest, followed by rebellion.

The brilliant actress Sophie Okonedo also stars in this, as a fellow Monecan and friend of Æons.
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My husband loves this film, but I am not so keen. Has its good points but overall think it is pretty poor compared to a lot of other films like this. Charlize Theron is good in it but the storyline is pants and to be honest effects are poor.
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I don't even know what I just saw :)
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Excellent!
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It's puzzling why this film was so derided on its original release. Clearly, it is not a classic, but it is enjoyable enough - one can only think that the media were out to get Charlize Theron after her recent Oscar win.

It is the future - a short time from now a disease wipes out 99% of the population, until Trevor Goodchild finds a cure. Now as the movie starts it is 400 years later and mankind is reduced to living in one walled city. However, there is unrest in this Eutopia and resistance has sprung up, of which Aeon is one. However, events unfold which lead her to question not just her orders but the truth of her very existence. It's a neat set up, and the story is not as trite as you might expect - it has some genuine unexpected directions and a satisfying conclusion.

If the movie has a flaw, it's that it fails to find much heart - the Eutopia is by its nature pristine and cool, but the acting seems to fall into the same trap so that we don't find much humanity to relate to. This future is not just cool but sexy too - almost like an updated version of the future seen in 'Logans Run'. If you have seen the trailer you might be tempted to see this as a special effects movie, but in fact the effects serve the story well.

All in all a satisfying tale, which is crisply photographed and has a cast and art direction which are very easy on the eye. I recommend it for an undemanding evenings entertainment where action is desired, but not at the expense of story.
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I have to give this film (and the extensive DVD extras) three stars.

It as some things going for it:

-In the title role, the talented Charlize Theron, who worked hard and even dangerously to do most of her own stunts, in the many acrobatic and combat scenes.

-The 'futuristic' locations, although they might perhaps have been even better and more unusual had it proved possible to film in Brasilia, the producers' original choice, built as the completely new capital of Brazil in the 1960s. However, Brasilia had too few people with skills required in film-making. Berlin, the eventual substitute, also had distinctive futuristic architecture due, sadly, to having had to be rebuilt after being heavily bombed by our side in World War II.

-Extensive DVD extras of which the documentary features are interesting and enlightening. There are also 2 full length commentaries on the film. One is by the writers. The other is by the star Charlize T herself with the Director, although their voices are quite similar and at times it is confusing to know which of them is speaking. While this has some interest I am not sure how many people would really want to listen to 2 film length commentaries in their entirely.

On the minus side:

-Aeon Flux is the film incarnation of what began as an animation, about a lady pretentiously named `Aeon Flux' (named after the primeval demiurge of Neoplatonist philosophy - don't ask!) who goes about engaging in numerous combat scenes while wearing extremely skimpy costumes (toned down for the film). The target audience was presumably young adult male nerds.
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