Studio executives may think that putting a really hot actress in a tight leather suit will automatically catch the attention of the male population. They are, to an extent, correct. Charlize Theron in a tight black leather suit does catch my attention. However, just like with Halle Berry’s Catwoman, I soon found myself looking at my imaginary wristwatch.
Sometime in the future, the world finds itself isolated within the walls of one city. Some people accept the state of the world because outside of the city’s walls you only find that nature has taken over the planet. It wasn’t always like that, though, until disease wiped out 99% of the human race. Trevor Goodchild (Marton Csokas) is the chairman of the city, and the only residents brave enough to oppose his regime are the Monicans. The Monicans are a group of rebels led by their most skilled operative Æon Flux (Charlize Theron).
Æon has only one mission in life: to free herself from her dreams and the government that haunts her. After her sister Una is killed, Æon takes on a mission that would, if it succeeds, ensure freedom from the Goodchild regime. When Æon stands face to face with Trevor Goodchild she finds something familiar in his face, something from her dreams, and hesitates to kill him. After the unsuccessful mission Æon finds herself caught in a web of lies and deceit that goes much deeper than she ever imagined.
The only thing that remotely resembles the anime cult classic Æon Flux is the beginning sequence where Æon catches a fly in her eyelashes. The rest of the film is a Hollywood train wreck. Just to give you a glimpse of how low some actors can stoop when a juicy contract is offered to them with a horrible script, just think of Halle Berry. Halle Berry became the only actress to win both the Oscar for Best Actress (Monster’s Ball) and the Razzie for Worst Actress (Catwoman), but not in the same year. Charlize Theron almost became the only actor to ever be nominated for Best Actress (North Country) and Worst Actress (Æon Flux) in the same year, but was edged out by the less than intelligent stylings of Jenny McCarthy who later won for Dirty Love.
While some of the action sequences are cool and Charlize Theron is a smoking-hot South African queen, none of this is enough to save the film’s plummeting appeal. MTV has been known to butcher some great ideas, and the film adaptation of Æon Flux is not an exception to the trend. The picture and sound though, are impressive, as to be expected from a pretty solid action flick. While Catwoman was simply boring, Æon Flux actually retains a limited amount of fun throughout. While a hot chick in a tight leather suit can catch some attention, the film is almost never successful commercially or critically.
Bottom line, Æon Flux is not horrible, it is bearable.
Charlize Theron is the best thing to come out of South Africa since Nelson Mandela.
MTV needs to keep their noses where it belongs, up Ashton Kutcher’s… nevermind.
On The Side:
Michelle Rodriguez was originally set to play character “Aeon Flux” when the film was announced in 2003.
Breaking Down the DVD:
The Film: D
The Delivery: B
The Extras: D
Final Grade: D+
Release Date: April 25th, 2006
Starring: Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas, Jonny Lee Miller
Directed by: Karyn Kusama
Writing Credits: Phil Hay (written by) Matt Manfredi (written by) Peter Chung (characters)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound Mix: DTS, Dolby Digital
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences violence and sexual content.
Run Time: 93 min.
Studio: Paramount Pictures
By Brian Gibson, Associate Editor of Film School Rejects