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  • Aeon Flux
    Movie Review
    by Georgette Tan

    Genre: Action / Adventure / Sci-fi
    Director: Karyn Kusama
    Language: English
    Cast: Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo, Frances McDormand.

    In the year 2011, 99 percent of Earth's population has been wiped out by a virus. Those who lived were cured by a scientist named Trevor Goodchild (Marton Csokas). 400 years later, Bregna stands as the last city on Earth and is the perfect society, except that people mysteriously vanish from time to time.

    Trevor Goodchild and his brother Oren (Jonny Lee Miller), who also happens to be the Vice Chairman of Bregna, are still handsome and in their prime. Nobody seems to find this unusual.

    The Monicans are an underground rebel group dedicated to toppling the Goodchild regime. Their best warrior is Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron), who takes after Jennifer Garner's character in Alias in terms of dressing as differently as possible to attract maximum attention.

    When Aeon's sister Una (Amelia Warner) is murdered in her home, the fight reaches a personal level. Shortly after, the Monicans come by some insider information and send Aeon to assassinate Trevor. After making her way into the inner sanctum of the Bregna government, Aeon holds a gun to Trevor's head only to find that she is unable to pull the trigger.

    Insert blurry flashbacks here suggesting that Aeon and Trevor had a History. Repeat whenever Aeon sees or thinks of Trevor for the rest of the movie.

    Some things don't add up. Trevor clearly isn't evil and he seems to be aware of their shared history. Aeon is disturbed that this chunk of memory is missing from her brain, and is torn between following orders and seeking out more information about who Trevor really is and what he is really up to.

    I've not seen the animated TV show, so by happily ignorant movie goer standards, Aeon Flux is stylish and quite a feast on the eyes as a movie. Okay - as a character too.

    The plot isn't very difficult to understand. It plays on the theme of a scientific issue that is rather controversial now, but the "what ifs" and what science could achieve some 400 years from now make it all more interesting for me.

    Georgette Tan writes for a Malaysian newspaper. She is fond of movies, long walks on the beach and clichés.
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