Book reviews, art, gaming, Objectivism and thoughts on other topics as they occur.

Apr 29, 2006

Aeon Flux

This action flick is one of the best I've seen in a while, falling short of The Matrix 0nly because the production values are a teensy bit lower. There is *gasp* an actual plot, and it's pleasantly twisty and involving.

Aeon Flux is a revolutionary living in a utopian society where it appears that the government has started running amok. People are vanishing without a trace in a society without crime or any real motivation for crime. Some dark secret must be at work. So, she is sent to kill the visible head of the government.

She fails.

If I said anything more, I'd be giving it away, so you'll have to go see it for yourself. If you do, you're in for a treat. The scenery is fantastic and beautiful, precisely what you'd expect from a movie based on anime. The characterization is great: although stylized the characters are complex and very real. It reminds me in some ways of Dark City and Ultra-Violet (which I reviewed previously) without some of the former's grimness and the latter's idiot reference to vampires.

There's only one major technical flaw in the movie that requires significant suspension of disbelief, even, and even with it you're not completely sure that it's garbage, considering the sophistication of the technology in the game.

That, and I want to know why the old virus is referred to as the "Industrial Disease", it's never explained.

2 comments:

Jack Wakeland said...

Do I recall your blog correctly? You like Clude Debussy? I just heard a bit from my favorite performance of his work on the cable music channel.

It's a transcription of Debussy and Ravel orchestral tone poems to the harp--a 1983 Angel EMI recording performed by Nancy Allen.

Do you have it?

It being spring here, the trees outside the 54 foot wall of glass that makes up one side of my condo are filling my place up with green. The music fits the scene...even though I'm writing about the grey and blackend rubble of the strategic bombing campaign against Germany and Japan.

Jennifer Snow said...

From what I remember, I like Debussey, although I don't think I mentioned it anywhere on this blog so far.

The irises in my front yard are just about to bloom and the whole place smells like lilacs. It's about the only time of year that I don't have to look very far for a fantastic utopian paradise.