Aeon Flux [2005]

So, I recently saw Aeon Flux. First off, I have massive spoilers, so if you want to watch the movie … don’t read my review. Secondly, I saw a couple of the cartoon episodes like, a million years ago, but don’t really recall what they were about, only that I hated the animation style enough to not watch what otherwise appeals on paper.

First, let’s deal with the obvious thing: yes, Charlize Theron is incredibly hot. But, if you want to see her at peak I’d suggest the Italian Job rather than Aeon Flux. Yes, the body suit is cool, but as her beauty lies more in charm than … attributes … the body suit doesn’t work as well as a more naturalistic outfit. Obviously YMMV, and I’ll accept corrections from Cindy, whose taste is better than mine. 🙂

Okay, now we can talk about the movie itself. FYI, the IMDB gave it 5.3/10.

I really like movies to be intelligent. I want, ideally, to see something novel and interesting. That applies equally to Courtroom Dramas, Action Hijinx, Noir, Westerns, Horror and the whole shebang. Though noir/hard-boiled and westerns are close enough to my heart that I will accept a bit of hackery as long as it’s done to perfection. Aeon Flux was a movie which had some novel and interesting things in it, and so it starts out on my little check-list with a passing rating.

The movie is based around the concept of an insular society, monitored and controlled by a centralised government. The tech level is very high; to use the TORG scale, it gets a 25. Suffice to say: funky shit. The central concept is that the population is sterile, and the advanced tech is used to clone them, based on genetic samples taken from the recently dead. Aeon finds out about this, and puts a stop to it, co-inciding with the natural re-emergence of fertility amongst the clones.

This is a “profound thought” concept. The nature of human life, the ethics of cloning and the logistics of a sterile population have been used in some serious and profound works. Unfortunately, it serves as little more than a convenient and somewhat hackneyed feeling plot element. Like a literary motor, driving the little movie that couldn’t quite.

Within this larger challenging intellectual framework, there are some nice quirk ideas. Little gimmicks, which are neat, but do not integrate to a neat movie. I particularly liked the quasi-organic technology and the little exploding balls.

I guess in summary I’m going to have to give it a 3/5. It was not stupid enough to be able to take as big-dumb-fun; but it diluted its intelligence beyond where thought could provide a solid core of entertainment value.

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