#08 Aeon Flux
Starring Charlize Theron
Before this came out, I had never seen the series or even knew anything about it. Though I still remember the strong desire to see it immediately. I’ve always loved movies with a bad-ass female lead and Charlize was fresh off her Oscar win. I remember liking it, not loving it, when it came out, so I was a little worried I’d be bored re-watching it after a few years. While I still just liked it, not loved it, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.
The plot doesn’t always matter in a movie like this, but they were actually able to come up with something slightly original. I don’t know if this plot was taken from the TV series but I didn’t remember anything, but her being a secret assassin, so it was nice to let the plot unfold before my eyes again.
Aeon Flux is a mysterious assassin 400 years in the future after a virus nearly annihilated the human race. There are only five million survivors in a utopian city called Bregna. She is apart of a mysterious group of people called the Monicans who want to destroy Goodchild regime led by Trevor Goodchild, the ruler of Bregna. Her handler gives her the assignment to kill Goodchild but along her journey she finds out there is a deeper mystery.
Even before we really understand what is going on, this movie is a lot of fun. It’s pretty to look at, the action choreography is great, and Charlize does a great job being a bad-ass. Things start to pick up when you learn the deeper meaning. It’s an interesting idea and it made me respect the movie a lot more but without an interesting enough plot, this movie easily could have turned into an action and fashion porn. My biggest criticism would have to be the over abundance of time and money spent on the clothing and styling of the city. It’s great for the eyes, but unless they could have included some back story on the aesthetics of culture, I feel it was a bit unnecessary.
This movie did pretty poorly at the box office. I actually believe it lost a lot of money. It’s a shame because this could have been a good little series.
-This was an MTV films production. I’m thinking with a different production company behind it, it could have done a lot better.
-The chick with the hands as feet was pretty awesome. I already have enough back issues, I think that would completely destroy my posture.
-Always nice when Frances McDormand pops up in a little supporting role.
-Up next, Air Force One.