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Aeon Flux, adapted from an MTV cartoon I'd never heard of, remains so cartoonish -- what with its computer-generated futuristic utopia, computer- animated internal organs, computer-manipulated stunts and body doubles, computer this and computer that -- it's a wonder it bothered with live actors at all. Charlize Theron, who may have been worried after Monster and North Country that you were beginning to view her as a frump, demonstrates that she can be as sleekly dehumanized as Kate Beckinsale in Underworld or Halle Berry in Catwoman. ("I want to know what it feels like to be a person," she says at one point, a tad disingenuously.) Frances McDormand, who played opposite Theron in North Country, cannot be dehumanized to quite that extent, but she can at any rate be given a monstrous Pre-Raphaelite hairdo. Director Karyn Kusama, once upon a time the maker of the gritty little Girlfight, might have persuaded herself she was still carrying the flag of feminist empowerment, but she could not very well persuade the rest of us unless maybe the computer was named HALLE 9000.

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