Aeon flux season 2 episode 5 “War” 5/5

31 Oct

This episode condences 4 mini stories of five different characters who are involved in the same war. There is Aeon who first enters in the scene and gets killed by a blond soldier whom we follow his movement in a base. Inside, he is confronted by a sword-wielding long haired man who deflects a shot from the blond soldier before stabbing him. The Monican soldier then comforts his daughter and sends her to her living quarters after an alarm goes off. Meanwhile another Monican soldier’s painting is interrupted by the alarm and he leaves to join his clan’s forces. While the swordsman opens a gate to leave the base, grease drips into a pool on the floor. Inside the ship, he kills a few more soldiers, but he is shot in the chest. Then comes a female soldier, wielding a powerful machine gun, who enters the base using the painter’s body as a doorstop. She then frees her captive lover and they run from gunfire, unknowingly towards the dripping pool of grease which I believe that the base might explode in a moment and that they might die as well as the others.

I haven’t talked about the soundtrack of Aeon Flux yet but I think it has a really important place in this show. The sound designer, Drew Neumann, probably wanted to create a futurist or science fictional atmosphere. However, for a new viewer such as myself who discovers the show in 2010, it sounds definitely early 90’s that want to be futuristic. I like it, it reminds me that some works of the past are much more creative, experimental and futuristic than what can be done now. In this episode, each character has its own theme which underlines the transition between the different view points among the soldiers.

The theme of cascading events and their effect allows the director to play with the emotions of the viewer, by going again against the stereotypes of the Hollywoodian hero who would be invincible. It crushes those assumptions and keeps the viewer truly on their toes feeling a sense of shock and loss every time the new “hero” is killed. The heroin, the Apollonian blond, the father, the lovers, they all die, while those types of character are usually untouchable in large public cinema and well thinking audience.

Again Aeon Flux proves its anti conformism and strikes the viewer. Everything can happen, at any moment, there is no taboo, no censure.

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