I have an observation that seems to rarely fail me: action movies that are around ninety minutes in length rarely work. The problem I have with this timeframe, in this genre, is the fact that there is usually more action then story development. I like to be entertained as much as the next guy, but at least put a coherent story together, ok?
The only movie that comes to mind that works within this criteria is Under Siege. Yes, this film does star Steven Segal, but he is only on screen for half of the movie. The other half is taken up by Tommy Lee Jones, who eats up each scene he is in. There is also Big Trouble in Little China with Kurt Russell. Big Trouble’s major problem for me was too much story in 99 minutes, but it was an entertaining film.
But now on to Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux.
The Netflix summary:
In the 25th century, a rampaging virus has forced the remnants of humanity into the seclusion of a last redoubt. But political conflict swirls within, and the climate is ripe for revolution. Aiming to hasten an uprising, the leader of the underground rebellion (Frances McDormand) dispatches acrobatic assassin Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron) to eliminate the government’s top leader in this futuristic thriller based on the popular animated MTV show.
What I liked about the movie: The sci-fi / future slant. I probably only watched one episode of the MTV cartoon, so I am by no means a Aeon Flux expert. But I found the setting, and the sparse sets, to be beneficial to the movie’s flow. Oh, it also doesn’t hurt the film seeing Charlize Theron in several tight-fitting costumes.
What I didn’t like about the movie: Very predictable. After the first 15 minutes you are able to tell where certain characters are going to end up, and of course, what the eventual outcome will be.
Aeon Flux: ** out of 5