Review by Myla Tosatto
Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) isn’t leading the exact life I did in the 80’s, but the similarities are eerie. Sure, I wasn’t a butt kicking spy, but like Lorraine, I also drank too much vodka, wore primarily black and white clothes, dyed my hair blonde and jammed to Depeche Mode. I mean, who didn’t? Luckily, I just went clubbing and didn’t have to worry about saving the free world as she did. I knew about the Cold War, but I wasn’t an active participant. In the movie, Atomic Blonde, you have a front seat to a graphic novel version of Berlin when it was still separated by a wall.
Lorraine is on a mission from MI-6 to retrieve a list from an asset, Spyglass (Eddi Marsan), with the help of David Percival (James McAvoy) and her love interest, Delphine (Sofia Boutella). While all this is going down, we get a stylized version of Germany through fantastic costumes, explicit fight scenes, and a totally rad soundtrack. Sure, Baby Driver gets all the love for best use of music this summer in a movie but I think it should be handed over to Atomic Blonde. It’s a well established fact that I love both well made comic book movies and girl power so Atomic Blonde pretty much hits the jackpot for me. The violence is way over the top but totally in line with the director, David Leitch, who did the stunts for John Wick. If you remember to look at your lap when the key ring scene or the stairwell fight happen, you’ll probably make it through. I squirmed with the violence and danced to the soundtrack. I probably burned 100 calories while watching it.
Don’t even think about taking the kids for three reasons: lots of violence, naked bodies doing naked body things and more violence. Go with an adult, enjoy a vodka on the rocks or two and then go home and download the soundtrack.
The Machiavelli quote “It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver” is used liberally in this movie for a reason. Hold on to your hats and trust no one.
Oscar® winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in Atomic Blonde, a breakneck action-thriller 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 crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
A blistering blend of sleek action, gritty sexuality and dazzling style, Atomic Blonde is directed by David Leitch (John Wick, upcoming Deadpool 2). Also starring John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones, the film is based on the Oni Press graphic novel series “The Coldest City,” by Antony Johnston & illustrator Sam Hart. Kurt Johnstad (300) wrote the screenplay.
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