My name is Spencer (formerly known as Dr. Paleo Ph.D.).
I am many things. I'm a 22-year-old, Bible-believing Christian. I trust my savior Jesus Christ above all else, and strive to follow Him unceasingly. My soul is that of the warrior's, and I seek to fulfill my duties as such. I am science-minded, and am pursuing a career in dinosaur paleontology.
I am for my God, and His Word, the Holy Bible. I am for the literal six-day interpretation of the Creation account as found in the book of Genesis. I am for my country and its military, and I will give my support to those who defend this nation and its people, even if it means that we are forced to wage war. I am for homeschooling, the rights of parents and the unborn, the Biblical family, and courtship. I am for the rights of gun owners, and believe in carrying. I am for martial arts, and advocate the study of those means necessary to protect the family, the faithful, and the defenseless. I am for the dying ways of chivalry; "Women and Children First!" is a creed well worth dying for. I am for conservatism, and did I mention that I'm also a states' rights Confederate flag-waving Rebel?
This is me.
Welcome to my blog.
"Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. Captain, that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave." --Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
"God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and all would be equally brave." --Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
"Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less." --Robert E. Lee
"Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.” --Martin Luther
"Never give in—-never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." --Winston S. Churchill
"Look! There is Jackson standing like a stone wall! Let us determine to die here today and we will conquer! Rally behind the Virginians!" --Gen. Bernard E. Bee
Yet again, Spencer consumes more dystopian fiction. How did this movie measure up in terms of the genre?
400 years in the future, a virus has killed 99.9% of the human population, the remaining number being saved by a cure developed by scientist Trevor Goodchild. Becoming the leader of the people, Goodchild's regime builds the walled city of Bregna to house all that remains of the human race. Kept entirely separated from the natural world outside, all citizens inside the city live in what is supposed to be a true utopia. The only thing is, "utopia" isn't exactly the proper word for it--just as the Monicans, the underground rebels hiding throughout Bregna's society. Their chief complaint would be the fact that far too many people go missing, far too often, and it would appear to be the ruling elite who commits the kidnappings (and subsequent on-the-spot executions of all Monicans). Æon Flux is one of those Monicans, a special agent who uses her almost super-human abilities to strike blows at the Goodchild regime.
The film retained many vital aspects of dystopian fiction (totalitarian government, underground rebellion) and melded it with a bizarre array of random science fiction tidbits. From genetically engineered lifeforms (humans with hands instead of feet, seed pods that shoot darts and blades of grass that are literally blades of grass), edgy, futuristic and often sexualized clothing, strange locations, pills that, once swallowed, induce communal telepathic sessions with other humans, and plenty of strange devices and gadgets, Æon Flux unfortunately feels strongly...irregular.
Mish-mashed content and scenes entirely devoid of what so many filmmakers call vital "pacing", this one promised much in the way of shoot 'em-up action, but delivered little. All we get are a few fights and one gunfight at the end, far from being exciting in any way. Come on, are you even kidding me?
[WARNING! Sexual content discussed. Adults only!] I understand that the movie was based off of an MTV animated series of sorts, and I also understand (although I cannot verify from personal experience) that the movie down-toned the sexuality of the show. However, we still do have Æon and company (Are all Monican agents female?) in highly immodest garb on just about every occasion and of varying degrees of skin-showing, a bed scene which thankfully shows nothing truly explicit, and a rather gross close-up of French kissing (albeit a front for passing an object from one Monican man's mouth to a Monican woman's).
[WARNING! Spoiler alert!] And when it comes down to it, with all the freaky and lame sci-fi rip-offs (Or at least I saw rip-offs, such as reminiscences of Minority Report, Equilibrium, and even Dark Angel--from the original MTV show, perhaps?), the film attempts to save itself with a massive cloning scheme with deeper implications than I will divulge for the sake of not spoiling more of the plot, with, of all actors, Pete Posthelwaite as the guardian of the DNA! (And what was that he was dressed in? Was that a burrito, a taco, or a tube sock?)
All in all, the almost Matrix-esque "cool" factor, the fight sequences, the science fiction, and the edgy, imaginative dystopia that this film seemed to promise all came to nil.