“Atomic Blonde” is going to make an excellent highlight reel. Atomic Blonde is an action-thriller movie that follows MI6's most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors. The film is a ridiculously dressy design feast, first and foremost. “Atomic Blonde” is a movie with strong performance and Good Storyline.
|Sofia Boutella, Bill Skarsgård, James McAvoy
|Kurt Johnstad (screenplay), Antony Johnston
|Action, Mystery, Thriller
Looking forward to an interesting spy thriller this weekend? With the release of David Leitch's 'Atomic Blonde', you could expect an interesting weekend at the box-office. Watch the undercover MI6 agent unleash a search hunt to recover the missing list of double agents which was in possession of a fellow agent who was murdered in Berlin during the Civil War. Will she succeed in her mission?
If the story sounds exciting, read the review!
It's the fight scenes that count – and they're astonishingly good, from a mano-a-mano beatdown involving Theron's stiletto heel and a thug's jugular vein to a climactic free-for-all in a swanky hotel suite where "99 Luftbaloons" scores every gunshot and gut-punch. Theron, who did most of her own martial-arts stunts, is pure bruising poetry in motion. She's a stone-cold badass.
From Jennifer Garner in Alias to Keri Russell in The Americans, there’s plenty of precedent for female spy leads, and Theron has the moves and the manner to pull off a James Bond or Jason Bourne. But with its underwhelming storytelling, Atomic Blonde isn’t the ideal franchise starter she deserves.
"Atomic Blonde" is a film about the power to be found in crafting images and telling stories. It's self-consciously a movie about the movies. Unfortunately, "Atomic Blonde" fumbles its own tale. After a brisk, efficient, über-cool first hour, all New Wave tunes and sexy neon lighting, the second hour drags into dullness.
Atomic Blonde exists as a “vehicle” for Theron (who also was a producer), but she is firing on all cylinders here, proving blondes not only have more fun, they have more guns — and know how to use them.