The screenplay was written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, and directed by Karyn Kusama. It was based on the animated TV series by Peter Chung, who had a minor role in this film version of his work. The character of Ćon Flux was played by Oscar-winner Charlize Theron. This film was produced by MTV Films.
In the early stages of production, actress Michelle Rodriguez was considered for the part of Ćon. She had previously worked with the director Kusama in Girlfight.
Kusama had originally suggested filming in Brasília, the capital of Brazil, because the 20th-century modern architecture of that city fit with her vision of Bregna. The producers rejected the idea because Brasília lacked the infrastructure and technical expertise to support a major film production.
After several cities were scouted, Berlin and Potsdam in Germany were chosen for filming. Berlin had several locations that fit into the organic yet structured world of Ćon Flux.
The crew gained permission to film in several locations that had never allowed such access before, including the Treptow Crematorium, the Adlershof Trudelturm and Windkanal wind tunnel facility, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt ("House of the World's Cultures").
Additional locations include the Bauhaus Archive and a dissection theatre built in 1790 to train veterinarians, part of the Berlin animal shelter. It was used as the Handler space.
Filming was temporarily suspended for a month during September 2004 while Theron recovered from a neck injury she suffered during stunt-work on the tenth day of shooting. She was hospitalized in Berlin for five days and required about six weeks of physiotherapy to recover.
Paramount Pictures chose not to screen Ćon Flux for critics prior to its release. The film opened at No. 2 at the U.S. box office, making $12,661,112 USD in its opening weekend, held off the top spot by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Aeon Flux suffered a decline of 63.97% in box office earnings, going down to No. 6 the following week. On 9 February 2006, it completed its theatrical run, grossing a domestic take of $25,874,337 and a worldwide box office total of $52,304,001. It failed to recoup its $62 million budget.
The critical reception was mainly negative. The film holds a 10% 'rotten' rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus stating "Aeon Flux lacks the gravity-defying pace of its animated predecessor, and, despite some flash, is largely a dull affair."
With a score of 36 out of 100, the film's reception is rated 'Generally unfavorable' on Metacritic. Although Peter Chung was initially optimistic about the film and was impressed with the sets, he ultimately described it as "a travesty," adding:
"I was unhappy when I read the script four years ago; seeing it projected larger than life in a crowded theatre made me feel helpless, humiliated, and sad.
The movie's creators claim to love the original version; yet they do not extend that faith to their audience. No, they will soften it for the public, which isn't hip enough to appreciate the raw, pure, unadulterated source like they do."
Chung primarily objected to the film's portrayal of Ćon and Trevor, and their re-imagined history and relationship. He said, "Ms. Flux does not actually appear in the movie."
Screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi asserted in an interview that the film was re-cut by the studio prior to release. They said the original director's cut contains nearly 30 minutes of additional footage, which Chung acknowledged in his criticism.
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Ćon Flux 2005
In 2011, a deadly pathogenic virus has killed 99% of the Earth's population, forcing the survivors to regroup. 404 years later, in late 2415, all of the survivors inhabit Bregna, a walled city-state, which is ruled by a congress of scientists.
Although Bregna is largely idyllic, people routinely disappear and the population suffers from bad dreams. A skilled warrior, named Ćon Flux, is a member of the Monicans, an underground rebel organization who communicate through telepathy-enabling technology and are led by the Handler.
After a mission to destroy a surveillance station, Ćon comes home to find her sister Una has been mistaken for a Monican and killed. When Ćon is sent on a mission to kill the government's leader, Trevor Goodchild, she discovers that both she and the Monicans are being manipulated by council members in a secret coup.
Ćon questions the origins of everyone in Bregna, and in particular, her personal connection to Trevor. Everyone in Bregna is revealed to be a clone, grown from recycled DNA. With the dead constantly being reborn as new individuals and bearing partial memories of their previous lives, their troubling dreams have increased.
Cloning was required because the antidote to the virus made humans infertile. Trevor's ongoing experiments were attempts to reverse the infertility. His ancestors had also worked on this problem. Ćon learns that she is a clone of the original Trevor's wife Katherine, and is the first "Katherine" clone in over 400 years.
One of Trevor's experiments, Una, was successful: she had become pregnant. However, in order to stay in power, Trevor's brother, Oren Goodchild, had her killed along with the other members of the experimental group. He ordered all of Trevor's research to be destroyed.
In a confrontation with Trevor and Ćon, Oren reveals that nature has corrected the infertility problem and that some women are becoming pregnant. Oren has had them all killed to maintain the Goodchild reign. Ćon is forced to go against both her former allies, who want to kill Trevor, and Oren.
She convinces the other Monicans to ignore the Handler and help her to kill Oren and his men. Ćon goes to destroy the Relico, the dirigible that stores the DNA for cloning. There she meets the old man who monitors everything.
She discovers he preserved her DNA for years, although Oren had ordered it to be destroyed so "Katherine" could not influence Trevor in any way. The dirigible crashes into the city wall, breaking it down to reveal the surrounding land for the first time in centuries. It is lush and fertile, not a wasteland as they were taught.