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Æon Flux (2005)
Wow....... totally Pales in Cpmparison
I heard about this movie a couple months ago thinking it to be an average sci-fi action movie. Then my cousin explained that it's based on a cult classic MTV cartoon by Peter Chung (whom I'm familiar with through "Reign" and "Animatrix: Matriculated") I looked into it and downloaded a couple episodes.
.... I was blown away.
The Cartoons were amazing. The bizarre visual style, the bleak post-apocalyptic atmosphere, the near-nudity, the sexual over and undertones, the fetishes, the violence... i was amazed that censors let it air.
After seeing previews, and its PG-13 rating, I knew this would be no where near the caliber of the series. I knew they'd have to take away most of the violence, sex, and all things bizarre, which was really what made "Aeon Flux" such a groundbreaking series.
However... after watching the film, not only did they take away the show's flare, they took away its heart.
In the original "Aeon Flux", the relationship between Aeon and Trevor was the heart and soul of the series. As starshower776 stated, "Their relationship was the focal point of the series. They wanted each other, but could never really have each other. They challenged each other's ideology, which attracted them to each other." Yet it was so much more. Their constant battle and attraction was an allegory of Chaos vs. Order, Anarchy vs. Government, Sponteneity vs. Sameness, Flux vs. Static. I loved the series' opening narration:
Trevor : The dream to awaken our world! Æon : You're out of control. Trevor : I take control. Whose side are you on? Æon : I take no side. Trevor : You're skating the edge. Æon : I am the edge. Trevor : What you truly want, only I can give. Æon : You can't give it, you can't even buy it and you just don't get it.
"We don't get that in this film." Instead we get a watered down, sap-happy love story.
In addition to that, the movie needlessly takes away elements of the series so that there is nearly ANY resemblance to the source material. The lead character is a pale reflection of the original Aeon, lacking the psychotic edgy feel and any originality or difference from the girl-with-gun archetype. And they couldn't even get the characters to look like their predecessors. Not even the hairstyles (Trevor's not even blond!!!!)
I understand that this was a revision, a re-telling, a re-interpretation etc. But COME ON!!!!! thats like saying a woman stick figure with a smile on her face and long brown hair is a revision of the Mona Lisa.
In the end, I came out of the theater receiving exactly what i expected and then some... an average sci-fi action movie, ripping off "The Island" plot-wise, and throwing in a couple names just hoping to keep fans of the original satisfied. pathetic.
Peter Chung.... please just band together the old cast and make a kick-@$$ TV movie for MTV2.