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Æon Flux

Sci-Fi . Action . Science Fiction

400 years into the future, disease has wiped out the majority of the world's population, except one walled city, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. When Æon Flux, the top operative in the underground 'Monican' rebellion, is sent on a mission to kill a government leader, she uncovers a world of secrets.

Actors: Nikolai Kinski , Amelia Warner , Frances McDormand , Yangzom Brauen , Pete Postlethwaite , Caroline Chikezie , Sophie Okonedo , Jonny Lee Miller , Marton Csokas , Charlize Theron
Directors: Karyn Kusama
Country: USA
Release: 2005-12-02
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  • Jason Anderson

    It's all so geekily gorgeous, it hardly matters that the narrative lapses in and out of incoherence and the dialogue is functional at best.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The ideas underlying Aeon Flux's plot are the film's strength, and the filmmakers deserve some credit for doing more than paying lip service to them.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Aeon Flux is not that terrible. It's certainly more fun than a lot of films that get lovingly showcased.

    Slate Full Review
  • William Arnold

    The futuristic thriller is overly familiar and never especially gripping -- and too somber and cerebral for the young action crowd -- but it looks terrific and is in no way an embarrassment.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Robert K. Elder

    By forcing definition on Flux, the filmmakers rob her of any allure. What do they offer instead? Clumsy exposition, bland PG-13 gunfights and subpar computer animation.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Ryan Devlin

    What made Aeon Flux compelling and special as an animated series had everything to do with the medium and the freedom Chung was given to shape the story as he pleased. Take away those elements, and Aeon Flux becomes nothing more than middling science fiction, which is unfortunately what the film is.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Theron is an arresting image, but, like everything else in Aeon Flux, she's stranded in a trashy and derivative glum zone of fashion-runway fascism.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    The plot frequently resets/realigns itself in the fashion of "Lost" or "Alias," as good guys become bad guys, friends become enemies, and combatants become lovers. To portray confusion and uncertainty is one thing; to make a film this unsure of itself, wracked by its own faulty footing and reticence, is quite another.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    Kusama offers moments of inspiration, but it frustrates like hell that she couldn't nail it completely.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    With the exception of a few enjoyable action scenes, such as when Aeon and fellow operative Sithandra (Sophie Okonedo) flip and backflip their way across a lethal garden of bullet-spewing trees and spikes disguised as blades of grass, Aeon Flux is surprisingly draggy.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    While its heart is in the right place, Aeon Flux's head is just a little too high to make much sense.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    Gone are Chung's willfully irrational non sequitur surrealisms, vertiginous designs, dry humor, and physiological weirdness; now we have Charlize Theron trying to look icy, leaping about in resistance to a future dystopia that looks a lot like an overlandscaped European Union industrial park.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    It's a movie best appreciated for the costumes, the sets and Ms. Theron's haughty athleticism.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    The future looks alternately grim and hysterical in Aeon Flux, a spectacularly silly sci-fier that plays like "The Matrix" crossed with "The Island" and reinterpreted as a long-lost Michael Jackson video.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    The wordless six-minute animé shorts - at the end of which our double-jointed heroine would always die - don't lend themselves to a 95-minute action movie where viewers might rightfully expect something to make sense.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    This live-action cartoon tries to walk the line between pleasing the faithful and appealing to a broad-based action audience. It fails on both fronts: It's too lifeless and watered-down to stand on its own high heels, but commits the cardinal sin of messing with the original.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Smultaneously silly, ostentatious and terribly boring.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It's hard to sit all the way through Aeon Flux while fully awake.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Aeon Flux is the sophomore picture from Karyn Kusama, who's first movie was a modest boxing film called "Girlfight." Here she's in over her head. The movie's sexual and scientific ideas never come through, and the characters would be fun only if they came with a joystick.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    Depressing and trivial.

    Empire Full Review
  • John Anderson

    If Aeon Flux is what Charlize Theron does to pay the bills while otherwise being engaged in "Monster" and "North Country," it's probably a reasonable price to pay. For her. For us? No, no, no.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    Every rumor you’ve heard about this film is true; it’s an absolute wreck.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Aeon Flux is by far the year's worst movie, a most dubious achievement.

    New York Post Full Review
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