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Information about Æon Flux (film)

Æon Flux is a 2005 (14 years ago) science fiction movie released on dec. 2, 2005 (14 years ago). The movie is a loose adaptation of the animated science fiction TV series of the same name, which was created by animator Peter Chung (who had a minor role in this movie version of his work) and stars Charlize Theron (135 walls) as the title character.

Release and reaction

Paramount pictures (wallpaper) chose not to screen Aeon Flux for critics prior to its release. The movie took US$13.1 million in its opening weekend. On Feb. 9, 2006 (13 years ago), it completed its theatrical run, grossing a domestic take of $25,874,337 and a worldwide box office total of $52,304,001. Critical reaction was mixed to negative. The movie holds an 10% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 36 out of 100 on Metacritic.. The movie was considered a financial failure as the film's earnings were lower than its $62m budget.

Although Peter Chung was optimistic about the movie and was impressed with the sets upon visiting the production, he ultimately described it as "a travesty," adding: "I was unhappy when I read the script four years ago; seeing it projected larger than life in a crowded theatre made me feel helpless, humiliated and sad. ... They claim to love the original version; yet they do not extend that faith to their audience. No, they will soften it for the public, which isn't hip enough to appreciate the raw, pure, unadulterated source like they do." Screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi claimed in an interview that the movie was re-cut by the studio prior to release and that original director's cut contains nearly 30 minutes of additional footage, which Chung acknowledged in his criticism of the film.

Comic book prequel

In late 2005 (14 years ago), Dark Horse Comics published a four-issue comic book limited series tying in with the movie. The storyline serves as a prequel to the movie and is a mixture of Peter Chung's original TV series designs and characters combined with the setting and story elements of the movie. (There are some alterations: the comic book version of Æon only loosely resembles Theron, while her colleague Sithandra, played by a black actress in the film, is depicted as a caucasian in the comic book). The first issue sets up Aeon Flux's mission for the miniseries: sabotage the Bregnan government's plan to destroy the forest outside of Bregna's walls. The last two issues of the limited series were published after the movie had been released, and by the time the final issue came out, the movie had already ended its run in most areas. Dark Horse has not announced if any further Æon Flux-based comics will be published.

Plot

In a post-apocalyptic future, after a virus has wiped out ninety-nine percent of the Earth's population, survivors inhabit Bregna, a walled city-state, which is ruled by a congress of scientists. Aeon Flux is an assassin-member of the 'Monicans', an underground rebel organization who communicate telepathically through use of pills and are led by The Handler. After a mission in destroying a surveillance station, Æon comes home to find her sister Una killed, supposedly mistaken for a Monican. When Æon is sent on a mission to kill the government's leader, Trevor Goodchild (Marton Csokas), she discovers that she is unwittingly playing a part in a secret coup.

This discovery brings into question the origin and destiny of everyone in Bregna; and in particular, Æon's personal connection to the man she has been sent to assassinate. Ultimately she learns that she is a clone of Goodchild's late wife Cathryn, and that he is in fact trying to save humanity by secretly creating a cure for the infertility caused by the antidote for the disease which killed ninety-nine percent of the Earth's population. It turns out that all newborn children in Bregna are clones created with recycled DNA, with the dead constantly being reborn into new individuals and still bearing parts of the memories of their ancestors. One of Trevor's experiments is successful but Oren Goodchild (Jonny Lee Miller), Trevor's brother, destroys the research in an attempt to stay in power and live forever in the form of clones of himself.

However, in a confrontation with Trevor and Æon, Oren reveals that humanity itself has adapted and some people have regained the ability to have babies on their own. Æon is ultimately forced to go up against both her former allies and Oren but she manages to convince the Monicans not to listen to The Handler and take her side to kill Oren and his men. In a final act, Æon prepares to destroy the housing facility where the DNA used for cloning is stored, a dirigible constantly floating in the sky. She meets the old man who monitors the DNA, who was the doctor who preserved her DNA when Oren ordered it to be destroyed all those years ago. The subsequent crash breaks the wall surrounding the city and for the first time in centuries the population is able to expand into the outside world.

Cast

  • Charlize Theron (135 walls) as Æon Flux
  • Marton Csokas as Trevor Goodchild
  • Jonny Lee Miller as Oren Goodchild
  • Sophie Okonedo as Sithandra
  • Ralph Herforth as Gardenar
  • Frances McDormand as Handler
  • Pete Postlethwaite as Keeper
  • Amelia Warner as Una Flux
  • Caroline Chikezie as Freya
  • Nikolai Kinski as Claudius
  • Paterson Joseph as Giroux
  • Yangzom Brauen as Inari

Production

The screenplay was written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (writers of teen drama/romance Crazy/Beautiful and action – comedy The Tuxedo), and directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight). The character of Aeon Flux was played by Oscar-winner Charlize Theron. This movie was produced by MTV Films. It is unusual for an MTV movies production in that it is an action film.

In the early stages of production, actress Michelle Rodriguez (15 walls) was considered for the part of Æon. This was perhaps due to her previous partnership with director Kusama in Girlfight.

Karyn Kusama had originally suggested filming in Brasília, Brazil because the architecture of that city fit with her vision of Bregna. The idea was rejected because Brasília lacked the infrastructure and technical expertise to facilitate a major movie production. After scouting several cities around the world, Berlin, Germany was chosen as the location for filming. This was also appropriate as the original TV series also featured a divided city. Berlin had several locations that fit into the organic yet structured world of Æon Flux. The crew was able to gain access to several locations that had never allowed filming before including the Treptow Crematorium, the Trudelturm wind tunnel facility and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt ("House of the World's Cultures"). Additional locations include the handler space, a dissection theatre built in 1790 (229 years ago) to train veterinarians and the government buildings, set in the Berlin animal shelter.

Filming was temporarily suspended for a month during sep. 2004 (15 years ago) while Theron recovered from a neck injury she suffered during stunt-work on the tenth day of shooting while performing a back handspring. She was hospitalized in Berlin for five days and it took about six weeks of physiotherapy to recover.

Source: en.wikipedia.org


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