Review Date: December 14, 2005
Director: Karym Kusama
Writer: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Producers: David Gale, Gale Anne Hurd, Gary Lucchesi
Charlize Theron as Aeon Flux
Marton Csokas as Trevor
Jonny Lee Miller as Oren
That said, an interesting lead character and fun action sequences wouldn’t mean a bowl of shit if the whole thing was stirred inside of nothing, but even then, the film surprised me with a number of revelations, as well as a central concept that intrigued me, and should interest anyone who appreciates science-fiction tales that deal with cloning, human memory and yeah…even “love”, man. Its plotline did feel a little bit like an “episode of something” instead of a full-blown movie though. The film also goes by a little too fast, doesn’t really develop any of its other characters, uses slow-motion and flash-backs too often and surely would have been “deeper” were it not PG-13 or cut down to the levels to which it seems to have been cut (it barely runs 90 minutes). It’s also pretty serious all the way through (a few “light moments” might’ve helped), but I would definitely still recommend it to folks in theaters, particularly if you enjoy watching Theron strut around in catsuits kicking ass, and enjoy science-fiction stories in general. That said, it will likely go down easier on DVD, where they will hopefully provide us with a longer and unrated version of the movie that might even have me considering it to be a “good” motion picture, as opposed simply “passable”. Whatever the case, the studio certainly nailed the poor film down inside a coffin by not screening it for critics and giving the whole world the impression that it sucked big-time ass. It doesn’t…it’s actually pretty decent.