Atomic Blonde (2017)
Running Time: 115 minutes
Directed by: David Leitch
Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan
Atomic Blonde is an action spy thriller based on the graphic novel, The Coldest City. Set in 1989, the film follows a spy, Lorraine Broughton (Theron) who has to locate a list that contains the names and details of double agents who are being smuggled into West Berlin on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Aid by her main contact in Berlin, agent David Percival (McAvoy), Lorraine gradually discovers that this mission is a lot more complex than she anticipated.
Atomic Blonde is nothing short of a thrill ride. It is done stylistically, with a great reliance on the play of color lighting and set design to recreate the ambience of Berlin in 1989. The cinematography was beautifully shot, especially to capture the action sequences. The music selection and score by Tyler Bates drove the film’s energy from the first scene.
But the star of the film is still Charlize Theron who undoubtedly put a lot of effort into the fight scenes. Particularly, there is a fight scene towards the end of the film that as an audience you could feel the exhaustion of the actors from merely watching it. The rest of the cast were great too, especially Eddie Marsan and James McAvoy.
Overall, Atomic Blonde is a fun summer action flick, reminiscent of films such as John Wick.
Rating: 7 out of 10