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Running Time:
1 hour, 35 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for sequences of violence and sexual content

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Despite Charlize Theron, impressive sets and some eye-popping special effects, this live-action sci-fi cartoon is incredibly dull, and for an action film that's not good.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Five eye-popping featurettes; Commentary by Charlize Theron and producer Gale Anne Hurd; Commentary by co-screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi; Theatrical trailer; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 tvs; Dolby Digital: ; English 5.1 Surround; English 2.0 Surround; French 5.1 Surround; English subtitles; Spanish subtitles.

Aeon Flux
Charlize Theron in stylish short black hair plays Aeon, a resistance fighter with a group called the Monicas assigned, by her handler (Frances McDormand), to assassinate Trevor Goodchild (Marton Csokas), head of the government of the heavily-fortified city of Bregna, which was founded some four centuries ago to be a home for the only survivors of a terrible plague that killed off the rest of the world's population. Aeon seems to be overjoyed to be entrusted with her mission, because the government has just murdered her sister(Ame lia Warner), although she was completely innocent of any wrongdoing. As she works to complete her task, however, Aeon finds that nothing is as it seems. There are deep, dark secrets in Bregna, including a conspiracy that reveals major problems within the ruling establishment. Aeon ultimately learns the truth behind whatís going on in the strange flying contraption that's circling the city and which may be the reason that so many of the citizens are disappearing. The film, directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight"), has little to recommend it. Even the big fight sequences, and explosions are truly embarrassing. Worst of all are certainly Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Pete Postlethwaite (The Constant Gardener) who plays a wizened figure called The Keeper Both of them are given almost nothing to do but wear hideously unflattering costumes and act like automatons. But the wonderful Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) suffers too, playing Aeonís fellow agent whose feet have been genetically turned into a second pair of hands, while Marton Csokas (Kingdom of Heaven) is asked to do nothing but look conflicted and apologetic and Jonny Lee Miller (Melinda and Melinda) doesn't do much beside snarl. Theron does get ample opportunity to show off her trim, lithe figure in very revealing outfits, but also demonstrates than she can be as tediously dull as any other young actress asked to play one of these super-heroines. She shouldn't have wasted her time. The combination of bad acting, clueless direction, clumsily staged action, strikingly unattractive sets and sub-par special effects is made even more insufferable by an endless synthesizer score written by Graeme Revell. But they're all in keeping with this incredibly forgettable little movie.

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