Aeon Flux

Ok, I must hesitantly admit that the Aeon Flux trailer looks pretty cool. It seems to have little to do with the cartoon, but it might be a fun movie anyway.

32 Responses:

  1. gfish says:

    Bah. I bet she doesn't die even once in it.

  2. Hm. Kinda tired of meaningless flashy futuristic action movies, myself.

  3. lars_larsen says:

    If it was exactly like the cartoon, geeks would have nothing to whine about, and thus no reason to go see it in the first place.

    • dygel says:

      Personally, I would rather it not get made at all. While my prognosis is the same as <lj user="jwz">'s - that it looks like it might be a decent movie, despite it having only a nominal similarity to the series - it popped a damn synapse when I was told they were making this.

      This is just more Hollywood capitalizing on something that already was successful, and not doing a very good job of it. If they wanted to make a decent movie, that's fine. But they're using Aeon Flux's name, and Aeon Flux is something you just cannot do without being animated.

      This is just another Hollywood excuse to wrest eight bucks from the wallets of people who remember something fondly. Also, proof that there are corpses yet in this graveyard that they haven't fucked yet.

      • Points for proving the point in one comment! Outstanding.

      • helter says:

        I don't know about that... I could see them doing some great things with a blended live action/cgi/straight animation job.

      • usufructer says:

        Is it that you consider animation a genre, rather than a form (which I don't agree with) or just that the base material can't possibly be faithfully adapted to live action? (I haven't seen the original.)

        • dygel says:

          It's a form, and I'm a firm believer in form relativity. The key is to pick the form that best suits the material. (This is true in a geek sense too; if you want to make office tools for dummies, Linux isn't the platform you want to use.)

          The material in question involves doing things that are simply not real. I recall one episode where characters had removable spinal columns. They could pop out the prosthetic column and then completely rotate their torso around. In the animated form, you can do this so that it captures the abstract and the absurdity of the action. In a live action format, you'd need to do one of two things: either use camera tricks to call attention away from the fact that the actors really can't do that, or blend with CG to fake it. Even if you manage to pull it off such that it's not horribly obvious you're faking it, you've sacrificed the grace the same action had in an animated format.

          From what I've seen, the live action version of Aeon Flux looks like it's not even TRYING to be Aeon Flux. It copes with the inability to pull this stuff off quite the same way as the animated format by not even trying. It's another Chick With Guns movie with a Matrix-sized budget that doesn't realize substituting flash for class doesn't work.

          Plus Charlize isn't even using the original Aeon costume, so what's the point in non-trying?

  4. anonymous says:

    Yet another mindless movie where violence is supposed to solve every problem. Are hot chicks performing acrobatic fighting in a dystopia all it takes to impress you? At least the original cartoon was surreal, much darker and ultraviolent on a grand scale. Movie directors need to do more drugs instead of trying to pump out yet another Matrix or Tomb Raider clone.

  5. usufructer says:

    It does look cool. I'm slightly annoyed that they used the gun sound effect from The Fifth Element. It's not like it's hard to make a new gun noise.

    • That may not have been the actual sound effect for the final film, just the trailer. Think of it as akin to the Sky Captain trailer using the Stargate theme. Most movie trailers' scores and effects are completely random when compared to the actual film itself.

      • usufructer says:

        That's a good point, I guess we'll have to wait and see. They also used music from the Matrix (as well as style) in the Spiderman trailer. I'll just hope that they had time after doing the trailer to do it right for the movie.

  6. I'm not sure if Charlize will pull it off. i mean she looks far too young to be Aeon. Also from what I read, the bondage harness didnt work for her in the screen tests, so they changed the outfit completely.

    I do hope we'll see at least one shot of her in bondage gear with those blades on her feet.

  7. inkbot says:

    and her hair's all wrong! (even i found a way to get the hair right--and it was just a halloween costume!!!)

    and what of trevor? not to mention humor! hrmph. i'm annoyed because i know i'm still going to go see it. dammit.

    • jwz says:

      Do you have any pictures of your gravity-defying hair? I thought I did, but I don't think so...

      • inkbot says:

        i do indeed! i just don't have an, ahem, scanner. let me see what i can do on that front... why isn't that one of my lj userpics already anyway?!

        (don't you have one on the wonderful wall o' pix?)

        • jwz says:

          I thought I did, but apparently not! I know I took some, though...

          • inkbot says:

            i think i have one that you took--from dg and, therefore, a little on the reddish side from the club lighting... i'll look for 'em later and have someone scan 'em in for me. this has got me thinking halloween is really just around the corner!

    • greyface says:

      I'm annoyed because i know i'm still going to go see it. dammit.

      my sentiments exactly.

  8. internebbish says:

    Meh. If that's the best stuff they could find to put in the preview I'm already let down. I didn't seen anything in there that lived up to the whacked vision of the original series. Please let me be wrong.

  9. pavel_lishin says:

    This is, of course, an obligatory "It's not just like the original, therefore it sucks" comment.

    The coolest thing about it is the fact that it looks like Scafandra is in it... other than that, what can I say, I'll hate it because it's not the Aeon Flux I know, but I might love it because it's a different take on it.

  10. violentbloom says:

    good costumes, cute chick I'd see that..

  11. Possibly now the rest of the AE episodes will come out on DVD.