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AEON FLUX

Review by Chastity Campbell

Starring: Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas, Johnny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo, Pete Postlethwaite, Frances McDormand
Director: Karyn Kusama
Video: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
Studio: Paramount
Features: See Review
Length: 92 Minutes
Release Date: April 25, 2006

Aeon: "You cloned her?"

Trevor: "I cloned everybody!"

Film **

Aeon Flux got its start as a few quick shot cartoons on MTV which led to full episodes of the show, and finally to a big screen movie.  In the cartoon medium, Flux never seemed to make it out alive.  Always dying in the end, much like my beloved Kenny from South Park!  "Oh my Gawd, they killed AEON!"

Nope, it just doesn't have the same appeal which unfortunately is my take on the big screen presentation of this film as well. 

In short, Aeon's world is very different from the world we know today.  Fighting against a totalitarian government in the 25th century, Aeon finds out the hard way that the line between good and bad is sometimes jagged and narrow!  It's a race against time as Aeon and her nemesis-turned-ally try to give the remaining people of earth a chance to once again start anew.

Okay, ever since The Matrix's green binary code flashed across the screen, and Toby Maguire spun his first web as Spider Man, we (the general viewing public) have been completely saturated with movie versions and remakes of old cartoons and comic books. While this is the first live action version of Aeon to hit the big screen, I no longer find myself quite so fascinated with unrealistic and slow motion fight scenes.

In addition to that I found this story very hard to follow.  I had a really hard time making a connection with any of the characters, and the story itself felt disjointed and unfocused.

On a bright note, Charlize Theron did a wonderful job with what she had to work with.  As always, she brings a deep level of focus and determination to her character by completely immersing herself in the story. 

In addition, her supporting cast did their job well, and in a couple of places her support seemed to have more story to work with than she did.

Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate this move.  I was just very confused with regard to what the story was trying to accomplish.  The cinematography, sets, and costumes were extremely well done, and very enjoyable.

But I think overall I was disappointed with this film.  The script could have been stronger, and the story much better.

Video ***

The video presentation of this DVD was very nice.  For starters the 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen transfer showed very nicely.  All of the colors were extremely crisp and vivid with a lot of texture to them.  No visible artifacting could be seen, and no dirt was visible on the print.

Audio ***

This DVD contained a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound mix.  The audio levels were constant throughout the film and extra features.  No drop outs or inaudible dialogue could be found.  This DVD's audio was average in my opinion, as nothing seemed to really stand out that would have helped me set it apart from every other DVD with 5.1 Surround Sound.

On a side note, I really liked the soundtrack on this film and will probably pick it up as a result of having heard it here.

Features ***

There are five detailed featurettes that take you behind the scenes and gives you a good look at where Aeon came from and how those little MTV shorts gained the cult following they have today.

Commentary by Charlize Theron and Producer Gale Anne Hurd is available, or you can get the scoop from a second commentary track by Co-Screenwriters Phil Hay, and Matt Manfredi.  Some theatrical trailers are also included for your viewing pleasure.

This DVD comes ready to speak to you in English or French, and for the really adventuresome, you can view subtitles in English and Spanish.

Summary:

While the movie didn't excite me as much as the previews did, it wasn't that bad.  The acting was solid, and with good audio and video you could do worse than letting Aeon Flux visit your DVD player at least once.

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