Four hundred years in the future, apparent terrorist Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron) is ordered to assassinate apparent evil dictator Trevor Goodchild (Marton Csokas), only to find that things are not as they seem. Girlfight director Karyn Kusama retains many of the weird gadgets and reality-bendings of the MTV cartoon series in this big-screen adaptation (including a nifty device that warps the wearer between different dimensional frequencies within the same room). At first, the Trevor-Aeon chemistry is dead-on -- a scene where he has her captured in a cell will give chills to hardcore Flux fans. Sadly, much like in Judge Dredd, an initially spot-on characterization ends up deconstructed and rebuilt into Hollywood cliche. A perfect Aeon Flux would have been like a cross between David Lynch's Dune and David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers, though it's hard to imagine such a thing getting the greenlight. Kusama offers moments of inspiration, but it frustrates like hell that she couldn't nail it completely.
Director: Karyn Kusama
Writer: Matt Manfredi, Phil Hay, Michael Finch, Peter Chung and Jonathan Hensleigh
Producer: Gale Anne Hurd, Jonathan Hensleigh, Gary Lucchesi and Gregory Goodman
Cast: Charlize Theron, Trevor Goodchild, Frances McDormand, Marton Csokas, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo, Amelia Warner, Caroline Chikezie, Yangzom Brauen and Narges Rashidi