A sci-fi action film that is both lousy and yet not nearly as bad as everyone claimed it to be, "Aeon Flux" is one of Charlize Theron's many duds amongst a few really good films. Stupid, dull and hardly original, "Aeon Flux" pretty much fails in every category, but never fails disastrously so.
Theron stars as the title character, a deadly assassin who lives amongst a seemingly utopian society that, like all utopias, has traded freedom for security. People who question the government disappear quickly, and there is deep-seeded unrest among the population. Theron and a group of really weird rebellious people have been in constant struggle for quite some time to overthrow the government and discover its secrets, and that's essentially what the movie is about. Like I said, nothing original, but originality is not necessarily required for films like this.
Look at "The Island." That Michael Bay film looked great, started off smart and turned into a brainless action movie. It had its flaws, but it was entertaining from beginning to end, and many of the action scenes were quite intense. Now, skip to "Aeon Flux." Though the settings are different, the overall theme is not that far removed, yet the movie lacks any capacity to challenge the mind or the adrenaline. As an action movie it fails miserably, featuring nothing of excitement that is worth mentioning here. As anything more, why waste my breath?
That all being said, is it Charlize Theron's "Catwoman?" Well, yes, but it isn't nearly as bad as that piece of crap (of course, few films could come close to being as horribly disastrous as that movie was). With a resume that includes "Monster," "The Italian Job" and "The Cider House Rules," Theron doesn't have too much to worry about, but "Aeon Flux" is certainly a lame action movie.
Don't waste your time with this dud. It's not nearly as bad as "Catwoman," and not nearly as good as "The Island." And I didn't even think "The Island" was all that great.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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