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I grooved to Aeon Flux for pretty much the same reasons most critics out there are panning it like their wives’ played out cooking. They’re spitting that the film is just about Charlize Theron in tight/skimpy clothing firing automatic weapons and whooping ass. And I say to that…yeah…your point is? That’s freaking pleasing to me man! Although Slim Fast, there was a story here, one that interested me enough to hook me in and keep me in the game. Granted; the plot and its turns were far from original within the genre but I dug some of the nifty ideas at play and actually got surprised a few times as to the direction they went with them!
With that said;
eye/ear candy was this film’s forte and it didn’t skimp out in that department.
The audio/visuals on hand had their dials set to "full blast"; resulting in a
flashy, striking look, acceptable to awesome CGI and a brilliant use of sound
which amplified the experience to "f*ck yeah!". The costume and set designs
punched in hard as well as they burst through the screen with mucho creativity,
bright colors and a delicious “out there” flavor. And the same can be said about the many
slick Sci Fi gadgets which I thought were vastly ingenious and quite the
freaking hoot (That pill angle, that killer lawn and those dart firing pods rocked!). There was some
never before seen on
celluloid toys in this arsenal and I’m always grateful for that.
Furthermore, It surely helped the whole that the film was mainly action driven hence rarely losing my attention. Throughout my sit down, I was either gawking at Flux’s mucho enthralling aerial displays (loved them front/back flips), getting off on seeing her kicking some serious behind, or fanboy-ing on the ample gunplay and stunt set pieces that were slapped my way in high doses. Big props go out to Miss Theron who totally aced her physical scenes with the bit that I like to call “the obstacle course of death” being the highlight when it came to her incredible display of agility and feline like grace. Those trampoline courses paid off girl! CONGRATS! To make matters much better; I had a sturdy safety net in my back pocket. When things got ho-hum; I’d just stare at Theron’s supple lips; cute breasts or/and heart shaped ass and all would be well in my little world. How could I lose?
On the Kleenex-less side of the bra; this baby did lack in the meat department where most of its substance was surface, clichéd and didn't go as far as it should've. The acting had a tendency to go flat as well; but hey the flick was rocking and socking most of the time; so that didn't hurt it much. And what was up with characters being in one place in one scene to then conveniently appear in another location far away in the following scene? Was there a teleportation machine in this flick that I didn't know about or was it bad writing/editing to serve the plot (Take a guess!)? Lastly; some of the hand to hand fights lost some of their impact due to the very irritating knack of US editors to solely use tight shots when cutting them. Go wide…GO F*CKING WIDE ALREADY! I want to see the fist-to-cuffs! On the whole though; Aeon Flux wound up being a tall glass of F.F.F. (Fun F*cking Fluff). I relish fluff now and again; especially when it has to do with a hot number in skin tight clothing shooting guns and cracking skulls like a PMS case with rabies…yes at heart I’m a simpleton. Flux this!