In this futuristic sci-fi thriller set 400 years in the future, Charlize Theron stars as Aeon Flux, the top underground operative, who is at war with a totalitarian regime. It governs what appears to be a perfect society. However, is this perfect life hiding a perfect lie? Aeon is on the front lines of a rebellion that will reveal a world of secrets. A startling vision of a future in flux from Karyn Kusama, director of the acclaimed “Girlfight,” “Aeon Flux” is written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. It is based on characters created by Peter Chung, in the pioneering MTV animated series.
As with most science fiction movies of late, the special effects are absolutely amazing (think “The Matrix”). Unfortunately, the plot is a little scattered so it is easy to get lost if you are unfamiliar with the MTV animated series that the film is based on. The complex choreography of martial arts battles and the portrayal of futuristic gadgetry are fascinating, but unfortunately the level of violence puts it well over the acceptable limits of the Dove seal. The violence is not only visual but is also accompanied by what I can only imagine to be pretty accurate sound effects (think bones breaking, skin slicing, bullets piercing skin) that take it to a much more gruesome level.