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  • Summary: In this futuristic sci-fi thriller set 400 years in the future, Charlize Theron stars as Aeon Flux, the top underground operative at war with the totalitarian regime governing what appears to be a perfect society. But is this perfect life hiding a perfect lie? Aeon is on the front lines of a rebellion that will reveal a world of secrets. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 23
  2. Negative: 9 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: 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.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Aeon Flux is not that terrible. It's certainly more fun than a lot of films that get lovingly showcased.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 38
    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.
  7. 0
    Aeon Flux is by far the year's worst movie, a most dubious achievement.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 86
  2. Negative: 24 out of 86
  1. MacT.
    Dec 30, 2006
    Rating this flick 10 just to offset the nonsense scores of zero. As scifi flicks go, I found this one to be very entertaining. Great concept, good execution, and a fine-looking film overall. A right-straight voodoo curse on all those who either cannot appreciate a good action pic or are so hung up on a specific comic concept that they can't enjoy an inexact adaptation. Expand
  2. AlexA.
    Dec 2, 2005
    I loved this movie. It was mesmerizing from the very start. I thought that the plot was very cohesive and moved the audience along in a very intelligent and dynamic way. The cinematography was wonderful, as well as the scene layouts and the vantage points that the camera provided were amazing. Expand
  3. KlevainW.
    Mar 12, 2006
    I don't understand all the critics that say "the narrative lapses in and out of incoherence"-The Globe & Mail and many others. I thought it was perfectly clear. Had the story been told even slightly more transparently, those same critics would be complaining about it's spoon feeding a simple archetypal story. Aside from lacking the trippy opaque-ness of the no-dialog original animations, what doomed this movie is that Aeon is essentially a terrorist whose actions just may doom what is left of humanity. I liked this movie because it made me wonder if her cause was worth the risk of human extinction. I'm surprised no critic has advanced the sympathetic terrorist aspect. Maybe I'm reading to much into it, but this movie isn't the shallow fluff it's been written off as. Nick B. is right, this is reminisent of classic trippy sci-fi. Collapse
  4. IlzeS.
    Jan 14, 2006
    Movie was enjoyable. Only too much action. Charlize Teron, I think is nice actress to look at.
  5. NickB.
    Dec 2, 2005
    Charlize Theron does her best, but with a script that is delivered like a blind reading, no one can really act much. I was engaged during about half of the action scenes. The style and finesse of the cartoon isn't present. In its place is a unbalanced mix of design, American Blockbuster, and the hope of an interesting story. Expand
  6. BeckyS.
    Dec 2, 2005
    I never thought a movie could be so terrible!

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