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Aeon Flux (2005)



Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 104
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 94

Aeon Flux lacks the gravity-defying pace of its animated predecessor, and, despite some flash, is largely a dull affair.


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 19

Aeon Flux lacks the gravity-defying pace of its animated predecessor, and, despite some flash, is largely a dull affair.



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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

Apr 25, 2006


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The performances are plastic...

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The enormous, and probably impossible, amount of style and wit required to resuscitate the original cartoon into something with real faces, bodies, gravity, and locations is beyond Kusama.

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A failure even on the action-adventure/vicarious-butt-kicking level.

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Newsday
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It probably looked like a good idea on paper.

December 8, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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In the dystopian future, apparently, women will be bendable Barbies in leather scanties, and everyone will speak like brain-dead robots.

December 5, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Aeon Flux is best appreciated for the costumes, the sets and Charlize Theron's haughty athleticism.

December 5, 2005
New York Times
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What is it that drives talented actresses to dive into a hot pile of cinematic crap soon after winning their first Oscar?

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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Even Theron's sexy catsuit acrobatics can't prevent boredom from setting in as the film's unimaginative production design and dull dialogue take precedence.

June 15, 2009 Full Review Source:

One would have expected something this cheesy to go direct-to-video %u2014 or at most to Showtime, on late at night.

April 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

stodgy and listless futuristic thriller that only ever echoes other cinematic sci-fi tomorrows.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Between bouts of gun fights and acrobatics, "Aeon Flux" is a dreadfully boring and incomprehensible mess with a screenplay that constantly jumps between clunky to just plain embarrassing...

August 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

There isn't a hint of the actress who earned her Oscar for Monster in this blank performance.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

a live-action feature that captures all too depressingly the original TV cartoon's evolution from inventive weirdfest to a more run-of-the-mill brand of dystopian cyberpunk.

July 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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June 22, 2007 Full Review Source:

A story that is both poorly conceived and badly told.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Between Charlize's skimpy, spandex outfits and the equally-sparse, angular modernistic architecture this readily digestible, if implausible sci-fi adventure is laced with enough surprises to keep you engaged throughout.

January 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine | Comments (2)
Upstage Magazine

The 15-year-old MTV cartoon on which it is based must be better than this.

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comment (1)
Observer [UK]

The camera drools over each titilating catfight and gazelle-like leap.

October 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

The telling of this story is rather dull and lifeless; the film is full of rote combat sequences and no real sense of danger or adventure.

September 8, 2006
Christianity Today

A slick-looking action movie with too much exposition and a weighty, pretentious tone.

May 13, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club | Comment (1)
AV Club

Slick, sexy, and incredibly stupid.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

A high-octane, indisputably terrible piece of futuristic silliness.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source:

An effort that's somehow both depressing and trivial.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Sometimes the film looks a little silly and the high hopes we had of talented director Karyn Kusama of Girlfight fame, are not realised. The end result is a film that verges on boring.

March 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Dashingly beautiful but distressingly dumb.

February 25, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

It's made with some style, but flags after the first rip-roaring action moments.

February 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Audience Reviews for Aeon Flux

"Great action! Charlize Theron kicks some major ass in this movie and she looks awesome doing it. I really didn't know much about this film or what it was about. I stumbled upon it on Netflix streaming. I thought I would watch thirty minutes of it just to get a feel of it. Before I knew it the film was over. I completely got swept away into the story. It was unlike any film like I had seen before and I found that refreshing. The story is fast and there is never a dull moment. I enjoyed it a lot and thought it was a good sci-fi action flick. I don't enjoy much of them, but this one is worth seeing."
August 8, 2012

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Aeon Flux is a pointless action film that can only be described as a complete mess. The action was elaborate, but I felt there was too much going on to make this a good film. The film focused more on the action and special effects than it did on story and substance. Theres very little going on in the film to really make this a memorable action film. I love mindless action films, but Aeon Flux misses the mark in that respect. The acting I felt was sloppy and the directing wasn't that great. The way the story moved along was pretty clumsy and I really lost interest after a while. This is one of Charlize Theron's worst films and what really sucks is that Aeon Flux could have been something good. Instead the film is a lazy attempt at trying to dazzle the viewer with great special effects that tries to cover up the paper thin story and wooden acting. The idea of the film was good, but it was poorly executed and the results are a film that mildly entertaining but never reaches its potential and by the time the credits role, you realize how much Aeon Flux was a mediocre picture that could have been much better. Whats really a shame is that theres some good, talented actors such as Frances McDormand and Pete Postlethwaite are wasted here. Aeon Flux could have been a great film, but the filmmakers opted to conjure a special effects laden film instead, which doesn't work.
August 3, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Sadly, this is nothing like its animated counterpart. It's stupid, corny, pretentious and horribly acted. It retains none of the elements that made the TV show so cool. Charlize Theron certainly looks the part, but she just doesn't put forth the effort necessary to play a machine gun wielding assassin. Some of the concepts are just downright hard to believe (hand-feet???). The only thing I liked was the girl fight really. The CGI is almost hard to watch, it looks as though some things were even unfinished. I really wish I could say this is enjoyable on some level, but it's really not.
September 7, 2010

Super Reviewer

a really wierd movie. its not horrible but its not good. its okay but if your not missing anything. C
July 29, 2010

Super Reviewer

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    1. Aeon Flux: I had a family once, I had a life. Now all I have is a mission.
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