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Issue: Summer 2005

Aeon Flux(2005) movie review

Infinite Future


In a utopian city, where technology is a based on biological forms and people can modify themselves, not everyone is content.

Aeon is a member of the subversive element, a woman of extraordinary skills who has been chosen to assassinate the allegedly benevolent dictator.

Based on the popular animated series devised by Peter Chung, Aeon Flux is a beautifully-conceived science fiction tale of survival and consequences.

Charlize Theron and Sophie Okonedo bring an extraordinary level of gymnastic style to their caper scenes and a joy to watch. Their fight training and the choreography are typical of the attention to detail in this production.

Movie poster, Aeon Flux; Festivale film review

Movie poster, AeonFlux

The Perfect World Meets the Perfect Assassin

Making live action films of animated series, comics and graphic novels is a popular pastime in Hollywood. Kudos to the producers who have interpreted the avant garde animated series with intelligence, not reducing it to just another superhero flick.

A notable cast performs their roles with elegant conviction, aided by a script that matches action, speed and convincing character motivation.

Wonderful to look at, great fun to watch and challenging without being didactic Aeon Flux is a Festivale recommendation.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 23 Feb 2006
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Title: Aeon Flux (2005)
Written by: Phil Hay (scr), Matt Manfredi (scr), characters by Peter Chung
Directed by: Karyn Kusama
Director of Photography: Stuart Dryburgh
running time: 93 mins

The Players: Charlize Theron; Marton Csokas, Johnny Lee Miller, Frances McDormand, Pete Postlewaite, Sophie Okonedo

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