I hate to jump on the comparative band-wagon, but Charlize Theron is indeed like the female James Bond in Atomic Blonde. Making these kind of comparisons can often, as in this case, over-simplify things a bit. But, if you are looking for a bad-ass spy film with a female lead, then I suppose it’s a fairly accurate description.
And more importantly, it’s full of awesome fight scenes and FUN.
Charlize Theron is Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 agent that goes undercover and is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a highly desired list of double agents.
Theron is one of my fave actresses and she rocks this. Her Lorraine is all cool, sexy, and no-nonsense. And she knows her way around a gun fight, and hand-to-hand combat.
One of the key differences about Atomic Blonde than many other action films lately is that it’s directed by David Leitch, who has been an actor and stuntman for over 20 years, and has worked on films like 300, Fight Club, The Bourne Ultimatum, the Matrix films and V For Vendetta, so he knows a thing or two about this genre. He directed the Deadpool short, No Good Deed, and is now directing Deadpool 2.
You can tell from the fight scenes that Leitch knows his stunt work and how to shoot it properly. All of these scenes are shot really well. You can see every movement – none of this Tony Scott shaky/blurry camera crap. And every hit looks like the real thing. You feel the weight and force of every hit. It reminds me a little of fight scenes in the original version of Old Boy. These are great action scenes.
On the whole, the story is solid stuff. They keep you guessing for a while, though eventually you can figure out where it’s going, it’s still enough fun that the film is satisfying. A lot of that due to Charlize Theron. She really owns this film.
The screenplay is written by Kurt Johnstad, based on the Oni graphic novel The Coldest City written by Antony Johnston, illustrated by Sam Hart.
The cast is great, with people like Theron, James McAvoy, Sophia Boutella, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan, Toby Jones, and Bill Skarsgard, you can’t really go wrong.
And the music? Well, like Baby Driver, this film’s music is almost a character in and of itself. Taking place days prior to the breaking down of the Berlin Wall, you get a lot of great late 80’s music. It sets a great tone and I loved it.
Atomic Blonde is cool, a lot of fun, and the action is uber satisfying. I’m in for 4 kittenhands. Go check this out and enjoy! One of the better summer films this year.
~ Neil T Weakley, your average movie-goer, never saying ‘no’ to an ass-kicking Charlize Theron.