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New On Netflix: Aeon Flux

It would take a lot to make Charlize Theron look ridiculous‚ and Aeon Flux manages to pull it off with very little. To be fair, everyone (and everything) else also looks completely absurd in this D.O.A. live-action adaptation of a cult animated series that came off best in the episodes where no one said anything (literally); unfortunately, the endless yammering of the abysmal screenplay can’t make this sprawling, overproduced silliness make any sense. In a post-apocalyptic future, the survivors of a virus that wiped out 99% of the Earth’s population (in 2011, at that; so, you know, take heed) live inside a walled city-state run by a group of scientists; Theron plays Aeon, a member of the Mohicans, a revolutionary force looking to tear down the walls. That’s the basic set-up; the actual plot deals with cloning, various conspiracies, attempted assassinations and mutants that have hands where their feet are supposed to be — what Theron is doing in a low-rent gig that even Milla Jovovich would turn down (well, maybe) is the film’s biggest mystery. Directed by Karyn Kusama, who gave us the awesome Girlfight — and who should’ve goddamn known better.

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