So, Aeon Flux.
Sorry, give me a minute. My brain is still sluggish from being tired and trudging through the aforementioned essay.
It is a hot girl assassin movie. There are two things that usually make critical thought irrelevant whan it comes to movies. One of those is the promise of car stunts, provided they are executed with enthusiasm and high style. The other is girls with guns. Transporter 2 met both of those requirements and excelled at each. Matrix Reloaded somehow took those strengths and made you forget about them by being incredibly labored at everything.
I want to like the idea of Aeon Flux. I want for this to be a cool movie. But there is really nothing about it that stirs any emotion. Spiky CGI grass? Explosive marbles? Those just detract from the scene where Charlize Theron is firing a machine gun. And the fact that they're in every trailer plants fears that they are this movie's idea of spectacular.
Let's back up. I never saw the cartoon version. But I remember it having a distinct, edgy vibe. This movie has a bland-looking vision of the future. It's the Future from 1970s movies, the Future from Woody Allen's Sleeper. This look does not say Aeon Flux. Why does everything look so fake and clean and empty?
Furthermore, Charlize Theron is cute, sure, even hot. But hers is a soft beauty, ill-suited for the hard-assed, violent type. You could maybe devise a role in which her violence played in counterpoint to her nice-girl looks, but this isn't it. Maybe I'm still clinging to that cartoon vision too much, but this character calls for a sharp-edged type, a little scary. She does look pretty good on the poster, and in that one machine gun shot. But for the most part, as much as I want to, I'm not buying it.