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The Not-So-Secret History of Aeon Flux

In the mid-nineties, I can remember channel surfing and occasionally encountering a stylish cartoon featuring an impossibly thin female assassin with crazy hair. It was called “Aeon Flux”, and has been made into a film starring Charlize Theron.

I didn’t know much more than that until I read Mike Russell’s amusing Not-So-Secret History of Aeon Flux.

Aeon Flux is getting slaughtered by the critics. Of course, the producers made the rare decision not to pre-screen the film for critics, which only seems to discourage cinema operators and piss off the reviewers.

4 Responses to “The Not-So-Secret History of Aeon Flux”

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  2. Richard

    I don’t think that the pissed off critics are ranking the film lower… the audiences seem to agree with the poor reviews of these films.

    Producers and studios make a pretty simple statement when they don’t allow review of the film; that they know it sucks. Sure, they might make noises about preventing piracy or allowing buzz to build, but they’re movie execs; they’re not that big on abstract thought.

    More than likely they’ve screened it with test audiences and they’ve seen the comment cards, and they know that if normal people don’t like it, the reviewers will eat it alive. If they can keep people from hearing the reviews, then they might just be able to squeak by with a moderately decent opening weekend before people find out that it sucks.

  3. Arwen

    The nightclub formerly known as Graceland (… god, that was a long time ago …) used to run Aeon Flux the cartoon on the wall opposite the main bar. Apropos of nothing.

  4. Steve Nagoski

    I was an Aeon Flux fan for over 8 yrs before it was exposed on MTV. (where I was SHOCKED to see it become “so mainstream”) It was a regular strip on a racy semi-adult magazine that you may be familiar with, which also itself became another racy semi-adult cartoon movie (which also had a Sequel in 2000!) – Heavy Metal. Aeon Flux was (IMHO) the greatest long-running strip in that magazine- bar none. Excepting perhaps Cobalt60. But that’s a topic for another excellent rant. :)

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