Aeon Flux

Tagged: Film | TV

More correctly given as Æon Flux:

1. [[Entry for TV series awaited]]

2. Film (2005). Paramount Pictures and Lakeshore Entertainment present a Valhalla Motion Pictures and MTV Films production. Directed by Karyn Kusama. Written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, based on the animated Television series Æon Flux (1991-1995) created by Peter Chung. Cast includes Marton Csokas, Frances McDormand, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo, Pete Postlethwaite and Charlize Theron. 93 minutes. Colour.

With a potentially excellent cast, bewilderingly rich in Oscar winners and nominees, Æon Flux is nonetheless pallid compared to its animated predecessor. With sadly typical Hollywood caution, the movie jettisons much of the weirdness and violence that had given the television series its cult status: a dumbing-down rendering it bland and conceptually dated. This in turn gives the actors not much to work with. The director, still a comparative novice, may have been another factor contributing to this weakness (though she was good enough to win best film at Sundance in 2000 for Girlfight, which she wrote and directed).

Centuries in the future, the remnants of humanity live in the walled city of Bregna, ruled by a scientific elite. Æon (Theron) is an assassin who seeks to topple the government, but her mission is complicated by her feelings for its leading member (Csokas).

Much of the plot hinges on a revelation about human cloning (see Clones) – the current population consists of replicas of the original Post-Holocaust survivors, many cloned generations later – but Æon Flux's laughable scientific illiteracy on the subject undercuts any dramatic potency this revelation might have had. What the film most resembles in style, setting and execution – despite a modestly generous budget – is a less-than-cutting edge computer game. [JN/PN]

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