Movie Review: Aeon Flux (2005)

Starring: Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas and Frances McDormand

Directed by: Kayrn Kusama

After a virus had destroyed most of the world and with only 1% of the population surviving, a new safe haven was created for the survivors known as Bregna. With mysterious disappearances, Aeon Flux is given the job to assassinate the chairman when she stumbles upon an even bigger mystery that needs addressing.

I was drawn to Aeon Flux by the casting of Charlize Theron as the title character. Over the years she has churned out some fantastic performances in movies such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Monster and Dark Places. While there were recognisable names and faces to bolster up the rest of the cast such as Frances McDormand, Marton Csokas and Pete Postlewaithe, it was Charlize Theron who was the only draw for me. I had read some pretty poor reviews online before watching this movie but most of the negative reviews tended to be aimed at the movie not staying true to the animated series which I don’t really care about having never seen the series.

Aeon Flux was a movie that had a fairly good premise and sort of reminded me of Equilibrium, which was a movie that I really loved when I saw it a few years ago, but unfortunately the execution of the movie was quite poor. The action sequences were rather hit or miss, at times they were quite well constructed but there were moments that were just ridiculous and didn’t contain the slightest shred of realism. As I said the general story was fairly decent and intriguing with 99% of the worlds population dying due to a pandemic. A city was built for the survivors where they have lived for 400 years since the outbreak. Aeon Flux is a mysterious and dangerous assassin who works for the Monicans, a rebel group who plan to overthrow the government. After being given a mission to assassinate the chairman, Trevor Goodchild, she stumbles across a secret which changes everything as all is not as it seems within the city’s walls.

Charlize Theron as Aeon Flux was pretty decent but didn’t really excel as I know she can. Marton Csokas who played Trevor Goodchild was also decent in his role but again I’ve seen him deliver much better performances and I felt Frances McDormand was largely underused. She plays the leader of the Monicans and is surrounded in mystery but her character didn’t have a lot to do despite being one of the more interesting characters on display. The special effects used within the movie were mostly horrible, especially during the last few scenes as they looked like they came from a low budget independent movie rather than a reasonably large blockbuster which I’m pretty certain had quite a wide release at the time. While I have never seen the animated series I can only imagine that the story is better explained as there is more time to develop characters and story arcs whereas in the movie everything gets quite rushed with quite a generalised explanation for everything.

Overall, a below average movie which could’ve been better. A greater attention to character detail would’ve gone a long way and this movie was in desperate need of a better fight coordinator and CGI department.

4/10

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