Though set amidst the turmoil of the Cold War, the adaptation of Antony Johnston and Sam Hart’s 2012 graphic novel, The Coldest City, passes on political or social commentary, more interested in the murky and complex spy games taking place behind-the-scenes.
Charlize Theron plays a top-level M16 spy named Lorraine Broughton, tasked to find a list of double agents being smuggled into the West on the eve of the Berlin Wall’s collapse.
Part of the film’s power is that Leitch doesn’t overplay his hand: he brings it to life with graphic novel-like visuals but keeps the plot simple and straightforward. He has a strong sense of what the audience wants from this sort of movie — vibrant colours and killer tunes — creating a film for the ages.
Atomic Blonde is not an ordinary action film. Raw and realistic, Atomic Blonde possesses some of the best action scenes to grace our screens. However, some may argue that what the film boasted in fight sequences, it lacked in story. In some instances we are not given an explanation on why characters behave the way they do. Whether it was intentional or not, we are left in the dark.
Despite an amazing cast, fantastic visuals and a killer soundtrack, a plethora of Stoli ads tarnished the film. In almost every scene, vodka is advertised. At first, it added a touch of darkness to Theron’s character, but it was extremely overplayed.
Staggering and exciting, Atomic Blonde is an action film done right. You will find yourself at the edge of your seat in almost every scene. There is no doubt that Atomic Blonde is a film worth watching.
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