Aeon Flux

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Based on the animated series by Peter Chung, Aeon Flux imagines a future in which 99 percent of the world's population is killed through industrial disease, and the survivors live in a single city that, despite utopian appearances, is quite totalitarian. Disinclined to embrace any particular ideology outside of a hatred for Trevor Goodchild Marton Csokas, the leader of the council that governs the walled city, hyper-sexualized assassin Aeon Flux Charlize Theron seeks to bring about a revolution. Retaining the ...
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Based on the animated series by Peter Chung, Aeon Flux imagines a future in which 99 percent of the world's population is killed through industrial disease, and the survivors live in a single city that, despite utopian appearances, is quite totalitarian. Disinclined to embrace any particular ideology outside of a hatred for Trevor Goodchild Marton Csokas, the leader of the council that governs the walled city, hyper-sexualized assassin Aeon Flux Charlize Theron seeks to bring about a revolution. Retaining the title character's trademark jet-black hair and sleek, revealing clothing, this film adaptation fleshes out the story behind the sexual and romantic tension between Aeon and Trevor. ~ Cammila Collar
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Five eye-popping featurettes; Commentary by Charlize Theron and producer Gale Anne Hurd; Commentary by co-screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Peter Chung's animated TV series becomes a stylish star vehicle for Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron, who provides most of the movie's thrills by strutting around with her statuesque figure sheathed in skintight body suits. Come to think of it, watching the movie with our eyes riveted to Theron may account for our inability to make sense of the plot. Best as we could determine, it has to do with the fact that, by the 25th century, humanity has been nearly eradicated by disease, with the surviving members of the species walled up in an impregnable city and ruled by a cadre of scientists headed by Trevor Goodchild Marton Csokas. A band of rebels known as the Monicans devote themselves to overthrowing the dictatorial regime, and to this end skilled warrior Aeon Flux Theron is assigned to assassinate Goodchild -- a task she relishes, believing him responsible for the deaths of her parents. Director Karyn Kusama doesn't waste much energy making the narrative coherent, but she does manage to replicate the visual style of anime, those stylish Japanese cartoons that rely on a unique form of expressionism. This concentration on visuals produces some remarkable effects, although it results in the subjugation of a talented cast; which, in addition to Theron and Csokas, includes Frances McDormand, Pete Postlethwaite, and Sophie Okonedo -- all worthy of far more challenging material. Aeon Flux is basically intended for young male viewers, the demographic that most readily embraces anime, comic books, and video games, all of whose stylistic flourishes this movie incorporates.
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MTV Films' first foray into big-budget sci-fi action was greeted with indifference bordering on hostility, as Aeon Flux failed to translate the expressionistic animation that made the original series a cult favorite, and reaped only 25 million dollars domestically. But this Charlize Theron vehicle actually does succeed in many of its design details. It's possible the tepid response was due to concept overload; on the heels of the Lara Croft movies, the Matrix movies, Catwoman, and Underworld, the "chicks who kick butt" genre was milked dry by late 2005. Flux's director, Karyn Kusama, is even a veteran of one such film, albeit on a smaller scale -- the 2000 boxing drama Girlfight. Theron makes a steely addition to the aforementioned list of fightin' females, though some critics found that the actress herself seemed emotionally disengaged, rather than just the character. Either way, she carries off the fight choreography with panache, and looks formidable in her skin-tight black outfit. The future can be hard for production designers to conjure in new ways, but Aeon Flux also deserves credit on that score, with such inventive gadgets as micro-controlled explosive rolling balls, pills that communicate messages when swallowed, and blades of grass that are literally blades. The "rebel force of assassins" plot is pretty played, but the story's cloning focus is timely and resonant. Individual triumphs aside, Aeon Flux seems like a film that never quite coalesced. The character arcs don't resolve in emotionally satisfying ways, and the film ends up feeling sort of underpopulated. More than anything, Aeon Flux again indicates the daunting task facing screenwriters who want to immerse their audience in fantasy worlds. Even if they fall just short of the mark, it can prompt critics to chastise the film as "Theron's Catwoman."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2006
  • UPC: 097360702149
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlize Theron Aeon Flux
Marton Csokas Trevor Goodchild
Jonny Lee Miller Oren Goodchild
Sophie Okonedo Sithandra
Frances McDormand The Handler
Pete Postlethwaite The Keeper
Amelia Warner Una Flux
Caroline Chikezie Freya
Nikolai Kinski Claudius
Technical Credits
Karyn Kusama Director
Manfred Banach Sound/Sound Designer
Stuart Dryburgh Cinematographer
David Gale Producer
David Gale Producer
Greg Goodman Producer
Martha Griffin Co-producer
Jeff Gullo Editor
Phil Hay Screenwriter
Reinhold Heil Score Composer
Peter Honess Editor
Sarah Horton Art Director
Gale Anne Hurd Producer
Johnny Klimek Score Composer
Karen Lindsay-Stewart Casting
Gary Lucchesi Producer
Matt Manfredi Screenwriter
Andrew McAlpine Production Designer
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor Costumes/Costume Designer
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Tom Rosenberg Executive Producer
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Lisa Satriano Asst. Director
Van Toffler Executive Producer
Plummy Tucker Editor
David Warren Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Aeon Flux
1. The Monicans [:19]
2. Una Flux [:10]
3. A New Mission [:16]
4. Sithandra [:38]
5. Breaking Out [4:02]
6. Message [3:33]
7. Rude Awakening [2:33]
8. Something Wrong Inside [3:17]
9. Welcome Back [2:30]
10. Loyal to Something Deeper [5:27]
11. Remember [2:33]
12. Orders Have Changed [5:38]
13. You Are Needed [2:22]
14. Only Once, But With Hope [3:10]
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Disc #1 -- Aeon Flux
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio Options: English 2.0 Surround
      Audio Options: Français
      Commentary by Charlize Theron and Producer Gale Anne Hurd
      Commentary by Co-Screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: Español
      Subtitle Options: None
   Special Features
      Commentary by Charlize Theron and Producer Gale Anne Hurd
      Commentary by Co-Screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi
      Creating a World: Aeon Flux
      The Locations of Aeon Flux
      The Stunts of Aeon Flux
      The Costume Design Workshop of Aeon Flux
      The Craft of the Set Photographer on Aeon Flux
      Theatrical Trailer
      Previews
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Companion to the Anumated Series

    This live action movie is indeed NOT the animated series BUT it did captured the full essence of the animated series. The plot of the movie can stand on its own. While the viewer must remember that had plot format from the animated series had been followed there would be no sense of continuity from the beginning through to the end (and that's NOT being negative to the animated series).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A movie worthy of Blu Ray

    I saw this on tv a year ago and when I got a blu ray player it went on the must own list. Thanks to Barnes and NObles Blu Ray sale a while back I was able to get it for a decent price.
    This movie is definitely worthy of the BLu Ray treatment, most sci fi films are. YOu can see the picture benefits from it along with the sound. I hope other companies take their cue from this, If you're going to ask 20-30.00 for a blu ray vs 5-10.00 for a dvd you need to offer a valid reason for the extra 20-. Aeon does this hands down. I don't own the dvd nor would I want to since I knew the blu ray would benefit from the storage capacity that blu ray discs offer.
    AS for the movie-acting is ok, storyline decent nice twists and plots.
    Is it a repeatable movei sure from time to time. It does make me want to watch the original cartoon from MTV which I plan to buy the dvd collection in the future. But for nw I'll enjoy the blu ray.
    I'm eager to get surround sound set up to see how the disc takes advantage of it,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I liked it- Wished I would of seen it in a theater now

    I wasn't expecting much, and got alot. Good storyline, nice flow. And charlize...well what can i say she's a 5 star woman. Man !! Beautiful!! I wish i had gone to see it in the theater now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beneath It All

    Underneath the twisting plots and subplots, one would think there is something more to the story, in fact you just get lost from time to time. The story is actually pretty interesting and sure there are slight messages like the absolute corruption of power, and having the freedom to be striped away from you, but it really dosen't go much deeper than that. One can't expect much from a movie made from an animation made from a video game. Aeon flux is somewhat of a muddy ultrafuturistic brain teaser that is either ahead of it's time or needs time to develope. I thought the sets and backdrops were gorgeous, the costumes were hot, the action was tight and off the wall crazy and the EFX were top notch, but these factors don't make up for the twisting almost nonsense story line. Over all it's not a bad movie, it just could have been a little better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was a great movie for that genre

    This movie didnt do great at the box office but these days that doesnt mean anything. It was a great movie and if you enjoy the science fiction genre then it is a perfect movie for you. It has some negative things about it but it is overall a movie that i enjoyed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OK MOVIE BUT DISAPPOINTMENT TO SERIES

    THIS WAS AN OKAY MOVIE, BUT IF YOU WANT TO COMPARE IT AS A REMAKE, YOU'LL BE DISAPPOINTED. IT'S NOT THAT THE MOVIE DIDN'T FOLLOW CHUNG'S BUNDLE OF STORIES IT'S THE RATING AND TEXTURE OF THE FILM. THERE IS GOOD ACTION BUT IT LACKS THE EPIC QUALITY IN THE SERIES. ALSO, CHUNG'S STORIES MADE THE SERIES VERY INTERESTING. THE FILM DEPICTS THE SERIES INTO A THREE ACT SCI-FI MOVIE THAT FAILS TO BE WORTHY OF ANYTHING GREATER THAN A B MOVIE WITH SPECIAL EFFECTS. SERIOUSLY, WHERE IS THE SEX,GORE,VIOLENCE, PHILOSOPHICAL DEBATES, AND PURPLE SKY? NOT IN THIS ONE BECAUSE THE PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR WANTED A BRIGHT FUTURE. AND SECOND THOUGHT, WHAT HAPPEND TO THE WAR IN THE FILM? IMAGES IN THE SERIES LIKE THE DEAD SOLDIERS BEING PARACHUTED BACK TO BREGNA, AND STUFF ARE ABSENT TOO. OH WELL, I THINK ANOTHER REMAKE SHOULD HAPPEN.

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    Posted December 31, 2009

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