400 years in the future, after a virus destroys the world
population, only one city on Earth remains, Bregna. Ruled
by the Goodchild dynasty, it is a perfect society of peace
and prosperity. Or so it seems. In her mission to uncover
why Bregna is subject to frequent mysterious disappearances
of its citizens Aeon Flux, a secret agent and assassin, discovers
some shocking secrets that jeopardises her mission - and her
originally the brainchild of creator and director Peter
In fact, if you've never seen the groundbreaking MTV animated
show, then I strongly suggest you pick up a copy of the three
disc box set of Aeon
Flux: The Complete Animated Series Box Set
which was released earlier this year (2006). This way you
can truly appreciate the origins of the characters and how
different they are to the movie version.
opening to this movie pays homage to the animated series,
with a live action reworking of the famous fly/eyelash image.
And there are a number of other scenes lifted from the animated
series - including the segment where Aeon and Sithandra are
racing across the booby-trapped ground towards the Goodchild
building - only this time with small poisonous darts instead
have to admit to being quite a fan of Chung's original series,
and I was incredibly apprehensive of what Hollywood would
do to his creation - something he personally was not overjoyed
about when I interviewed him.
Hollywood blockbusters go, Aeon Flux is not half bad.
The story line is entertaining, the photography is beautiful
and there is no appalling acting anywhere in sight. Die-hard
fans may not be impressed that Aeon's been given a back story
and a family but I think, on reflection, that this works on
a certain level. The twist is unexpected and not your usual
blockbuster affair at all.
Postlethwaite turns in a brief, although satisfying cameo
as the Keeper and it was a shame that we didn't get to see
a little more of Sophie Okonedo's Sithandra in action.
include a commentary with Theron and producer Gale Anne Hurd;
a commentary with Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, co-screenwriters;
Creating a World (21 min featurette); The Locations
of Aeon Flux (15 min featurette); The Stunts of Aeon
Flux (9 min featurette); The Costume Design Workshop
of Aeon Flux (14 min featurette); The Craft of the
Set Photographer on Aeon Flux (4 min featurette); and
be honest, you can't really ask for anything more from a single
disc release. All of the features are interesting, if you
want to see what went on behind the scenes.
is nowhere near the disaster it could have been and to be
honest I'm wracking my brain trying to work out how Chung's
series could have been turned into a self contained film.
Chung gets the green light to direct his own animated Aeon
Flux movie, something he is pushing for as I write this
review, this blockbuster movie will certainly whet your appetite.