In Aeon Flux, Charlize Theron plays the title character, a would-be assassin rebelling against a utopian society. She wears tight outfits and can catch flies in her eyelashes, and to my understanding these are the assassin’s only job requirements. What she can’t do is muster decent entertainment for most of this film’s running time. Expect this dreary movie, which wasn’t screened for bloodthirsty critics, to appear on many year’s-worst lists. Bad special effects, bad action, bad costumes—bad everything. The normally reliable Theron, who sustained a major neck injury while making this waste of time, is reduced to nothing but a pleasant visual. The great Frances McDormand is squandered in a role that makes her look frighteningly hideous. There’s no need for this movie, and it’s a shame considering the talent involved.