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Æon Flux (2005)

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Aeon Flux is a mysterious assassin working for the Monicans, a group of rebels trying to overthrow the government. When she is sent on a mission to kill the Chairman, a whole new mystery is found.

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Karyn Kusama
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Aeon Flux
Marton Csokas ... Trevor Goodchild
Jonny Lee Miller ... Oren Goodchild
Sophie Okonedo ... Sithandra
Frances McDormand ... Handler
Pete Postlethwaite ... Keeper
Amelia Warner ... Una Flux
Caroline Chikezie ... Freya
Nikolai Kinski ... Claudius
Paterson Joseph ... Giroux
Yangzom Brauen ... Inari
Aoibheann O'Hara ... Scientist
Thomas Huber Thomas Huber ... Scientist
Weijian Liu Weijian Liu ... Scientist
Maverick Quek Maverick Quek ... Chemist
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400 years in the future, set in the year 2415, Aeon Flux is a mysterious assassin. Four centuries after a virus nearly annihilated the human race, leaving only five million survivors in a utopian city called Bregna. Aeon is struggling to destroy the Goodchild regime led by its namesake, Trevor Goodchild, the ruler of Bregna and a descendant of the man who found a cure for the deadly virus. As instructed by the Handler, Aeon is assigned to assassinate Goodchild, but there are deeper secrets to be discovered, and conspiracies to be foiled. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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The future is flux. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 2005 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,661,112, 4 December 2005

Gross USA:

$25,857,987, 5 February 2006
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DTS | Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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According to director Karyn Kusama, after finishing the movie, the studio fired her, re-cut the movie to a 71 minute long version which tested poorly and then asked her to edit the film again, but not back to her original vision. Huge parts of the plot were left out and even one character's sexuality of being gay was cut out by the studio. See more »

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When Aeon is crying, the tears on her face change position and disappear between shots. See more »

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Æon Flux: [narrating] Some called Bregna the perfect society. Some call it the height of human civilization. But others know better. The Goodchilds built Bregna to ensure us a future. They built the Relico, a memorial to remind us of what we've survived. They built walls to protect us. They tell us that outside, nature has retaken the world. But the real problems lie within. We are haunted by sorrows we cannot name. People disappear and our government denies these crimes. The Goodchild regime...
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Referenced in The Anonymous Assassin (2016) See more »

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Misunderstood, not for everyone.
13 December 2005 | by pwhaugheySee all my reviews

This is X-Men meets Matrix. Or... this is what the Next Generation movies could have been.

Sor far, this is the best movie I've seen all year - better than Chronicles of Narnia & Harry Potter. In the Sci-Fi world, it's a step up from Minority Report or I-Robot.

My interpretation of the negative reviews: that stuffy old white men who write the reviews (Ebert, etc) don't understand edgy movies. They didn't understand Matrix at first, either.

I didn't know there was a series before I saw the movie. People who say it didn't make sense at first are too used to brainless Hollywood flicks, serving you a formulaic plot on a platter.

This plot was not difficult to understand - the movie asks for your patience the first 30 minutes, as the story unfolds. It's a futuristic mystery, people! Get real - how lazy must you be if you lose interest because everything isn't explained immediately. It's a mildly (and pleasantly) complex story. If you want a Steven Siegal or Schwarzenegger action flick, look elsewhere.

And only the first half of the movie is the "mystery". It takes about an hour for the plot, the characters, and the futuristic setting to unfold. Then the movie evolves into a stunning action flick.

Thing I loved about this movie:

-Srong female characters -Excellent soundtrack -Extremely interesting visually -Extremely creative sci-fi contributions (like the arm-to-leg transplants) -Thoughtful cinematography -A very strong cast -Artistic sets & effects -Creative weapons & futuristic props -A truly unique story - it didn't try to copy anything (which probably confused the Hollywood lemmings out there)

My only complaint - it needed more in spots. Particularly, more character development for other members of the resistance. If you've seen it...I believe they jumped the gun getting to the last "sniper" scene. I wanted them to invest more time developing the animosity between Aeon Flux & the resistance movement.

Nonetheless, I'm hoping for a sequel. And I hope Ms Theron doesn't get depressed about some of the bad reviews. This is *nothing* like Catwoman (as Ebert said). My humble prediction: it will turn into a cult classic.


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