You’ve never seen the Cold War like this.
During the heat of tensions in Berlin, MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron from Mad Max: Fury Road) teams up with resident agent David Percival (James McAvoy by X-Men: First Class) in her journey to avenge the death of her colleague and hunt down a list of agents and their aliases. In her journey she meets a French agent named Daphne Lasalle (Sofia Boutella from Kingsman: The Secret Service) and another agent that goes by the name of Spyglass (Eddie Marsan from Sherlock Holmes).
The film was directed by David Leitch (the assistant stunt coordinator from V for Vendetta), and adapted to scene by Kurt Johnstad (writer of 300). The film is an adaptation of the graphic novel “The Coldest City” by Antony Johnston.
In order for action film to really stand out nowadays, it really needs to have extraordinary cinematography, and Atomic Blonde exceeds all expectations. With blue undertones and phenomenal camera angles, the style of Atomic Blonde creates a unique atmosphere. While this film could easily be compared to a Bourne film, the cinematography sets it apart by giving it a unique tone and adding to the setting.
Action films aren’t always concerned with good acting, but with Theron in the lead you know the acting will be top notch. Theron displays a wide range of emotions from betrayal to lust. Along theron is the always dependable James McAvoy in a sketchy role where you’re never really sure of his intentions. He shines in the role and keeps you engaged throughout the entire film. Lasalle also gives a memorable performance that shifts from mischievous to extremely trustworthy in a split second, in a way that is totally convincing.
Given the fact that the director is a stuntman and stunt coordinator, it is no shock that Atomic Blonde boasts incredible action sequences. I’m honestly shocked that Charlize Theron did her own stunts in this film given how intense the action sequences were. Every scene had something unique that made it so the fights were never boring.
Set in the mid-1980s it is no surprise that the music for the film is amazing. With music from David Bowie, Queen, The Cure, and Duran Duran (to name a few), the soundtrack of the film helps to beautifully set the tone.
While the plot of the film was interesting and entertaining, it was kind of confusing. While part of the plot was very straightforward, another element was very confusing (which might have been the point). When I leave the theatre I shouldn’t have more questions about a film than I did walking in. Unfortunately for Atomic Blonde, I was even more confused about the movie when I left.
And the Ugly
One part of the film that really annoyed me, but is actually very small in the grand scheme of things, was the graphics. Every time there was a time job or a location change it was said on screen with neon, spray painted graphics. While this may appear cool and innovative to some people, for me it felt out of place. It didn’t really match the tone of the movie and would draw me out of the movie every time they showed up.
This point doesn’t even relate to the movie and more to the experience I had watching it. When I went to see this movie, there was a woman sitting two seats down from me who was basically doing a running commentary of the entire film. It was so distracting and annoying! So I beg everyone reading, do not be that person that everyone leaves the theatre hating. Not only is it highly annoying to talk through an entire movie, but it is also extremely disrespectful to the other people there.
Overall, I give Atomic Blonde a 7.5/10 stars