Aeon Flux (15) <!-- none onestar twostar threestar fourstar fivestar -->

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One can only assume that Charlize Theron was offered so much money to front this really quite rubbish sci-fi thriller that it became difficult for her to resist. Sporting an asymmetrical hairdo and a deeply humourless expression, Theron plays the eponymous Ms Flux, a renegade freedom-fighter out for vengeance on a dystopian future state where cloning has become the rage.

In short, it has much in common with last year's dire Michael Bay thriller The Island, plus a few preposterous clichés of the genre that Bay omitted: I never expected to see a futuristic movie where they still travel in "pods". Brooding Marton Csokas is the pick of a cast that includes Frances McDormand, Sophie Okonedo, Pete Postlethwaite and the awful Jonny Lee Miller.

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