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Aeon FluxIn a 25th-century totalitarian fortress city, Charlize Theron, as the solemn rebel ninja babe Aeon Flux, does slow-motion flips and twirls that show off...Aeon FluxAction/AdventurePG-13In a 25th-century totalitarian fortress city, Charlize Theron, as the solemn rebel ninja babe Aeon Flux, does slow-motion flips and twirls that show off...2005-11-30Frances McDormandJonny Lee MillerSophie OkonedoFrances McDormand, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie OkonedoParamount Studios
Charlize Theron, Aeon Flux

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Aeon Flux

Genre: Action/Adventure; Starring: Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo; Director: Karyn Kusama; Author: Phil Hay; Release Date Wide: 12/02/2005; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Paramount Studios

In a 25th-century totalitarian fortress city, Charlize Theron, as the solemn rebel ninja babe Aeon Flux, does slow-motion flips and twirls that show off her luxurious elongated physique to stunning effect. With slick, flattened black hair that makes it look as if her stylist was going for that Louise Brooks-meets-Hitler mystique, Theron is an arresting image, but, like everything else in Aeon Flux, she?s stranded in a trashy and derivative glum zone of fashion-runway fascism. Ordered by her underground leader (Frances McDormand, looking like she?s holding back a chuckle) to assassinate the head of the city (Marton Csokas), Aeon discovers that he?s not the baddie he seems — and, in fact, that everyone, including her, is not quite what they seem.

Based on the animated MTV series, Aeon Flux has several entertaining action sequences, like one in which Theron, crawling like a spider, dodges metal blades that pop out of the grass. But the movie, while not as cheesy-bad as, say, Daredevil, generates more motion than imagination. Theron plays Aeon as a reluctant cipher who yearns to get back to a real existence. By the end, you?ll know the feeling.

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