Atomic Blonde

Director David Leitch
Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman
Rated MA
Score 3.5/6

An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

Atomic Blonde is based on Antony Johnston and Sam Hart’s 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, published by Oni Press.

I’m a little conflicted about this one so I suppose that’s why I have waited so long before sitting down to write the review for this one. I’m pretty sure that fans of the music in the recent release Baby Driver are going to enjoy Atomic Blonde in that they could both be considered to be Jukebox musicals, and unlike Baby Driver where the action was choreographed to fit the action Atomic Blonde’s music pumped up the tone of the movie. This benefited the plot of the movie because on the face it the plot is something that we have seen in at least half a dozen other movies. I also felt that the movie really did not need to be told from an interrogation room as it seemed to stall the flow of the movie every time the switched between the two narrative points. I suppose what sets Atomic Blonde apart most of the other spy movies are its action sequences which come across as being a sort of highbrid of Jason Bourne and John Wick. It should be noted that director David Leitch was the uncredited co-director of John Wick and has a strong background in the stunt industry and this really did give Theron a chance to showcase her inner bad ass.

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