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(2005), PG-13 ["lite" PG-13*] (1hr 24min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
December 5, 2005
66 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2005), PG-13 ["Lite" PG-13*] -- a very "lite" PG-13 or a "hardcore" PG.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): MTV Productions, Lakeshore Entertainment, Valhalla Motion Pictures, Colossal Pictures, MTV Films, Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Karyn Kusama
Producer(s): David Gale, Gregory Goodman, Martha Griffin, Gale Anne Hurd, Gary Lucchesi, Henning Molfenter, Tom Rosenberg, Van Toffler, Charlie Woebcken
Written by: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Characters: Peter Chung
Cinematography/Camera: Stuart Dryburgh
Music: Graeme Revell
Film Editing: Peter Honess, Plummy Tucker
Casting: Anja Dihrberg, Karen Lindsay-Stewart, Laura Rosenthal
Production Design: Andrew McAlpine
Art Direction: Marco Bittner Rosser, Sarah Horton, Andreas Olshausen
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

"PG-13 for sequences of violence and sexual content." This time the MPAA was "accurate" in why Aeon Flux bore an age-restrictive label, but not how much.

While Aeon Flux is free of any uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, free of any uses of God's name in vain either with or without the four letter expletive and free of any uses of illegal drugs, it is heavy in violence such as killing, assault and shoot-outs and obvious in its use of sexual implications and dress to include images of nudity and intercourse activity.

Aeon Flux earned a CAP final score of 66 which places it one point from the top of the scoring range earned by PG-13 movies (67 to 55 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. A score of 66 makes it a very "lite" PG-13 or a "hardcore" PG. But as I have advised a number of times, don't let the final score be your only assessment figure. Our analysis model is finely tuned for much more detailed assessment. Your total assessment of a film's morality content should not depend on any one of the three main features of the CAP analysis model: the final score; the scoring distribution; the listing in the Findings/Scoring section.

In project planning, many managers use a three-level planning tool which starts at level one. Level one is the "big picture" level such as "complete project by -date-" with a few supportive and subordinate items. Level two is more of the task level operations for completing the project. Level three is finely tuned to identify each operant level step and supervisor or foreman tasks. In the CAP analysis model, the final score might be compared to level one of the project planning tool with a "big picture" figure. The scoring distribution might be compared to level two of the project planning tool. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section might be compared to the level three operant level of the project planning tool with the fine details. The CAP final score, the level one, is built by level two, the scoring distribution, which is built by level three, the listing of findings.

Looking closely at the scoring distribution, while the total envelope or magnitude for the film (the final score), the "level one", is easily equivalent to most soft PG-13 or hard PG films. However, when you inspect the "level two" of the CAP analysis model applied to this film (the scoring distribution - the thermometers) you'll find Aeon Flux is clearly equivalent to some R movies in violence and sexually immoral practices, not in the boldness of individual instances but in sheer numbers of the "lesser" instances (See the CAP Rule of 1000). The "level three" of the CAP analysis model for Aeon Flux provides the detailed listing of findings of assaults on morality and decency.

While a good idea of the morality content of a film might be obtained by inspecting any one of the three levels of the CAP analysis model applied to a movie, the best assessment is possible only by inspecting all three levels.

In the year 2011 a virus wipes out 99% of the world's population and evidently makes the 5 million survivors sterile. The last of the world's population built a city amidst the now jungle world which is kept out of their citadelian fortified existence by an impenetrable wall around the city. The near-site area beyond the concrete wall is constantly saturated with what appears to be a disinfectant spray. All are safe from the evil virus outside. Life is good and chugs along merrily ... for most.

In any totalitarian rule there are some rebels who would kill the ruling authority. In this case that is Chairman Trevor Goodchild (Marton Csokas). Goodchild is the engineer of the citadelian life, the great protector. The rebels are called the Monicans led by The Handler (Frances McDormand).

There are 5 million survivors of the virus. Four hundred years later there are 5 million people. Goodchild himself has lived seven lives. After 400 years of cloning, the relentless perseverance of biology found a way to defeat the effects of the conception preventing virus and fertility returns to some. But the few women who inexplicably become pregnant are killed to protect the order of things -- the "government."

Chief among the Monicans are Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron) and her "trusty sidekick" Sithandra (Sophie Okonedo). When the order begins to show signs of disorder and dissent the Monican rebels begin to stir. When the order kills Aeon's sister, Una (Amelia Warner) the dam of inhibition breaks and Aeon seizes the opportunity to infiltrate the order's leadership to assassinate Goodchild.

From without is not Goodchild's only worry. Goodchild's chief lieutenant is his brother, Oren (Jonny Lee Miller). Oren is also Goodchild's chief opponent who, not realizing it, sides with the Monicans to oust his brother but from within. Oren gathers a small band of sympathizers, each hungry for power, and together they, too, threaten Goodchild.

But in the moment Aeon has the barrel of her firearm in Goodchild's face, something emerges from within her. Something old. Some long-dead fire seems to spark with a twinge of life. In a moment of uncertainty, Aeon drops her offensive. From there the story proceeds into massive violence and mayhem as the rebels seek to overthrow the "government."

The strongest presence in this 84-minute film is violence which, at times, though not as graphic or bloody as many R-rated films, is intense and is at least equivalent to many R-rated films in the magnitude of the violence envelope, not in the spikes which build the envelope. [1 Cor. 15:33 which invokes Luke 17:2 and Matt. 25:40, Matt. 5:9, Prov. 3:31-32]

Likewise, the total envelope of the incredibly frequent innuendo, references to sexual matters and images of immorality as in forcing the viewer on private parts which are clearly dressed to maximize the human form is easily equivalent to many R-rated films. [Prov. 1:10]


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  • Matt. 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • Prov. 1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. [it is sin to place before others sexual enticements and teases. [Matt. 18:10]
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ["Despise" is kataphroneo {kat-af-ron-eh'-o}: to condemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of, to look down upon (which includes abuse, even by influence, lying to them, enticing/teasing them, seducing them and/or their thoughts, etc.)]
  • Hebr. 9:27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among you], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. ["Offend": skandalizo - to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
    Commentary section.

    Aeon Flux (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • kidnapping
  • killing by physical assault, repeatedly
  • killing by firearm, many and sometimes intense
  • orders to kill
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • impalement injury
  • firearm threats, repeatedly
  • assault to subdue
  • choking assault
  • heavy fighting sequence, repeatedly
  • attempt to kill by thousands of projectiles
  • shootout with many deaths, long sequence
  • attempted murder by firearm, repeatedly
  • "police" assault with many innocent dead
  • removal of bullet with fingers
  • murder victim imagery
  • admission of killing many pregnant women

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • none noted

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • dressing to maximize the human form and.or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • side nudity - female, repeatedly
  • flash of rear nudity - female
  • thong nudity - female
  • pose to attract attention to private parts, repeatedly
  • man/woman in bed together nude (gender-specifics covered by sheets)
  • implied intercourse
  • man and woman snuggling in bed nude
  • excess cleavage
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • coaching to seek/have revenge
  • cloning [Hebr. 9:27]

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • gunfire murder, only flash of gun was seen

  • Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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