Sunday, February 19, 2006

Aeon Flux

cast: charlize theron, marton csokas, amelia warner, frances mcdormand, pete postlethwaite
director: karyn kusama


leave it to a woman to direct a sci-fi/action flick for the action sequences to make sense. if a woman’s meticulous attention to detail has been widely hypothesized, then director karyn kusama is a perfect proof for this theory.

i first saw what i assume to be the original aeon flux on mtv’s liquid television series over 14 years ago when i was still an aspiring and a more naïve college student. mtv’s liquid television featured short, avant-garde animated clips that were clearly far ahead of its time. most of the animated shows were hard to understand, the most difficult of which was aeon flux due to the absence of dialogue and its sole reliance on sound effects to supplement the visuals. heck, i wasn’t even aware aeon flux referred to the name of the lead character of the show. but nevertheless, i eagerly anticipated each episode of liquid television, specifically for aeon flux because of the scantily clad sexy body and pretty face of the protagonist who i now know is aeon. aside from the very erotic aeon, one’s eyes also get treated to lots of cool action scenes. to be honest, i never understood the series’ story but i always enjoyed watching every second of it.

in the movie adaptation, charlize theron who plays aeon, is not as scantily clad as i remember her animated counterpart to be, but the casting crew definitely made the right decision in choosing her as she unquestionably possesses the body and face of a goddess – an athena for the 21st century.

as in almost all action movies, aeon flux included, they can only be given justice by a viewer’s own sense of sight and not by second-hand words. i should point out though that the story of aeon flux presents to us a significant irony: that the value of human life is so precious we do our best to prolong and preserve it from one generation to the next, but at the same time it is also life’s fleeting quality that makes us treasure it more.

the reader will not hear more about the story from this reviewer as this reviewer fears he may not tell it properly, and thereby discouraging the reader from watching it. but this reviewer clearly attests that this movie is not to be missed.

rating: 5 of 5 stars * * * * *
this is the right way to make a sci-fi/action flick.

5 comments:

rmacapobre said...

i wont expect much from this film because from the trailers it just seems to be a bunch of one liners. the arnold the terminator way ..

roehl said...

max, i wasnt impressed with the trailer myself but im telling you right now, this is not just a movie of one-liners. on the other hand, not expecting much (but watching it anyway) might even impress you more. by the way, the original animated version of aeon flux which i saw on mtv's liquid television reminds me of some of your drawings posted on your own blog.

rmacapobre said...

no wonder it sounded familiar. i used to watch some of that. i thought that it was edgy and innovative. i hope it gets translated onto the film.

im biased against the actress. she looked made up hollywood style. shes too pretty. hehehe. ill watch this definitely..

rob said...

OK I thought for sure this was a bad movie, but if it's from Roehl, it must be good! If not Roehl, you owe me the cost of the DVD rental, hehehe.

roehl said...

>im biased against the actress. she looked made up hollywood style. shes too pretty.

max, to be honest, my original intention in watching this movie was simply to see charlize theron on the big screen (so i can have a clear and better fantasy of her later on) but it turns out there's a good story and it's told in such a way that leaves you guessing about the intentions of the characters and where the plot is going. it's easy to categorize this as your usual shallow feel-good movie (and i heard it provoked some bad reviews) but i actually consider it a thinking man's movie.

>OK I thought for sure this was a bad movie, but if it's from Roehl, it must be good!

this is probably the highest compliment ive received in my young career as a reviewer.

>If not Roehl, you owe me the cost of the DVD rental, hehehe.

on the other hand, it's good rob lives in another continent -- so i can easily hide from him. :-)