Atomic Blonde Is A Stylish Action Movie From Director Of ‘John Wick’ And ‘Deadpool 2’
Movie title: Atomic Blonde
Movie description: The story is set in Berlin during the Cold War (in 1989 to be more precise). Charlize Theron plays Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 agent who must go to Berlin to investigate a murder of a fellow agent and retrieve a missing list of double agents.
A little overlong but solid action flick with generic spy story, good performances, atmosphere, visuals, soundtrack, and action scenes.
Director: David Leitch
Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, John Goodman
Atomic Blonde is the second movie from stuntman turned director David Leitch who shared directing duties with Chad Stahelski on a surprisingly good John Wick (in my opinion one of the better pure action movies that came out of Hollywood in the last couple of years). Stahelski then went and made a sequel to John Wick while Leitch directed Atomic Blonde (and is currently directing Deadpool 2). After 1st Wick, it was a question who was responsible for cool action sequences in that movie and now we have an answer. Both of them as John Wick 2 and Atomic Blonde are solid action flicks with some great action sequences.
The story in Atomic Blonde is set in Berlin during the Cold War (in 1989 to be more precise). Charlize Theron plays Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 agent who must go to Berlin to investigate a murder of a fellow agent and retrieve a missing list of double agents. The movie starts with a mentioned murder of an MI6 agent and then jumps 10 days later where we watch Theron being interrogated by her supervisors. From there movie jumps from prior events in Berlin where we watch Theron investigation back to an interrogation room.
One of the problems of the movie is that it wants to look smarter then it is while telling a generic (and so many times seen) story about a spy and a list he (she) must retrieve. Some things in Atomic Blonde are a little confusing but not because there is something complicated to understand but because of the way story is told. Plus, the movie is little too long without enough substance (besides cool action sequences) to keep you engaged so movie becomes a little boring at the moments. Also, we should believe they are professionals and experienced spies who must blend in. And at the same time, Theron is wearing different designer outfits and high heels in each scene like she’s going to a fashion show and McAvoy is driving fast through streets of Berlin in a Porsche. Yeah, really good ways to blend in :).
Besides that, it is actually solid action flick with good performances (especially Theron who is very good here), visuals, soundtrack and action scenes. The atmosphere is solid and they put a good effort to recreate 80’s Berlin. The soundtrack is filled by some cool tracks from the 80’s although they could remove some of them from the movie because sometimes it felt like “let’s cram as much 80’s songs as possible” without much sense or purpose (similar to Suicide Squad).
As I said action sequences are pretty good, especially fight scene on the stairways and car chase scene at the end of the movie (I really liked a camera in this scene).
So if you’re in the mood for solid action flick I can recommend you to watch Atomic Blonde, just don’t expect too much.
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