A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Aeon learns to trust her instincts rather than her orders; the evil governing system is toppled.
Violence & Scariness
Shootings, fights, explosions, stabbings: Aeon is an assassin and her enemies range from sleek and athletic to thuggish.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women characters wear skimpy, stylized clothing; Aeon appears undressed (back to camera); one implied sex scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the film, as it follows an assassin on her mission, includes violent, bloody scenes, in particular, repeated martial arts fights (with sounds of bones breaking), stabbings and shootings (with automatic weapons as well as sniper-style guns), a woman's murder by government agents (she opens the door, expecting someone else, and the film cuts from her surprised face to the next scene), explosions (of buildings and a floating blimp-like lab), and several on-screen deaths of recognizable characters (villains and seeming heroes). Characters wear form-fitting futuristic clothing, some resembling bondage gear (one character makes a brief, joking reference to bondage as sexual practice, a great reduction from the source anime). Aeon appears nude, rising from bed, her back to the camera, a couple kisses then has (implied) sex. Music is loud and pounding during chase and fight scenes. The film also includes some semi-complex conversations concerning the ethics of cloning humans. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Aeon Flux follows a perfunctory plot while focusing its energies on stunning visuals, most notably Aeon. In her animated version, she has an impossible wasp waist and pointy features, not to mention famously bondage-style outfits. Theron softens this look, but brings a steely resolve to her performance, so that Aeon isn't quite so ambiguous as she was in 1995, more traditionally sympathetic.
As bizarre as the future world might appear, the film is stiffly structured, oddly conservative, and falls back on very familiar characterizations and morals. As the cartoon series used to air after 11pm, and included outré sexual allusions and body modifications that might best be described as macabre, the shift to PG-13 fundamentally alters the original effects. Where Aeon used to be strange, now she's just regular.
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