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And Aeon is one of them.
At first glance, the main story of this movie is like many others that have come before: a small band of rebels going up against an oppressive government. But this movie isn't that simple and the aforementioned plot is just what gets us from Point A to B. There are other factors that play into the story, complicated ones, taking what could have just been a B-sci-fi movie all the way to A-level.
Charlize Theron stars as Aeon, the Monicans' cold, stick-to-business top assassin. The intensity she brings to the role drags you in and makes you want to discover what makes her tick. Yet she also has a warm side, but one hidden and numbed by years of training and running top secret errands for her team. Theron put on a wonderful show in the lead.
The supporting cast, though they all did a good job and their characters were believable, were just that: a supporting cast. No one's performance really stood out except maybe Sophie Okonedo as Sithandra (the girl with the hands for feet). She was just plain cold (in that good way).
The special effects are astonishing. There is not a single element in this film that is "everyday." Everything was built for it, whether physically or via CGI. The action is astounding, part Matrix and part Underworld.
Action and sci-fi fans should really get into this movie.
Here's the backdrop for this story: in 2011, some disease wiped out 99% of the human population before a scientist was able to find a cure for it. This scientist basically built a large walled city to house all of those he was able to save -- and no one has been outside the walls in the last four centuries. The Monicans, an underground group of terrorists and assassins, want their true freedom (and seem to be the only folks concerned by the fact that random people just keep disappearing out of the blue) and have decided that the Goodchild regime has to go. Since Aeon Flux is their top assassin, she is given the task of assassinating Trevor Goodchild.Read more ›
Now all I have is a mission
The year is 2415; it has been seven generations since the industrial plague whipped out 99% of the people. The few remaining survivors are all huddled into one city with walls protecting them from what ever is outside. It is an ideal city of Bregna ran by Trevor Goodchild (Marton Csokas) and a council. And as with any such city there will always be rebels that thinks something is wrong with lack of freedom and mysterious disappearances. Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron) belongs to such an organization. Her mission as the most ept agent is to dispatch the so called benevolent ruler. Can she do this or will circumstances and chance encounters change the situation?
The film does not boast of any thing really extraordinary except maybe an exceptionally rich architectural back drop. Shot mostly in Berlin we see many popular places that for some reason they though would not be that familiar to the audience. Evidently they must not know how popular Berlin is, especially key locations. The original location on their wish list was Brasilia because of its 1050's futuristic look; however that proved to be economically unfeasible. See if you recognize Sans Souci, Potsdam built in 1745 by Frederick the Great, one of the world best know orangeries.
Although this movie had nothing extraordinary it is a perfect example of the genre and will hold your attention as you anticipate where they are going with the story. Only someone that anticipates that it will stick to the animated series may be disappointed.
The DVD rendering adds some background commentaries that make rewatching the film more enjoyable.
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Had to have it. Loved It. Had to have this to replace the good old VHS tapes. I would recommend these movies to all who like action.Published on June 14 2013 by John Battye
I like the movie a lot, the special effects are excellent, and Charlice Theron looks beautiful as always. 100% recommendedPublished on July 10 2012 by Ro
I thought this movie was very good and definatly original. it has plently of twist and turns that keep you on your toes and is action packed with a touch of romance. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2009 by Amanda21
Aeon Flux is the 2005 film based on the early 90s animated shorts and late 90s half hour eps;and quite ride it is. Read morePublished on March 9 2009 by Robert Badgley
Aeon Flux is a terrific movie. The story is very interesting, the action and stunts are great, and the acting is good. This is a must see for fans of science fiction. Read morePublished on April 7 2007 by G_R_E_G