Verdict: High on style with brilliant fight sequences, the film shines owing to the stellar Charlize Theron.
Remember John Wick? An impressive modern favourite in the action genre, the film was directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski. Now in David's directorial debut Atomic Blonde, we have to say, we are very impressed. While the director's style in John Wick is naturally visible here, Blonde has its own prominent theme and styles.
Set in Berlin during the Cold War in 1989, just before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the film revolves around the 'list' which contains the names of every active field agent in the Soviet Union. Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), a top-level spy for MI6, is brought in to be interrogated by MI6 and the CIA about her mission to Berlin. Here, she recounts the events over the past 10 days or so. KGB is the other party involved, and also the enemy. A Berlin station chief named David Percival (James McAvoy) is Blonde's main contact in Berlin.
As far as the plot goes, that's all that can be revealed. There isn't much more to add either and somehow the script doesn't have much going for it. Even then, you must follow the plot closely, since this is a game of spies. And such a game is never straightforward. The fight sequences are brilliantly shot, especially the one towards the end, which is one long continuous shot and truly immersive.
Obviously, the star of the show is Charlize Theron. This isn't the first time she has played a ruthless killer – her role in Monster (2003) earned her not only a lot of praise but also an Oscar and Golden Globe as well. Not just a femme fatale, she has also done an array of action films, including The Fate of the Furious, The Italian Job, Hancock, Mad Max: Fury Road and more over the past few years. But she has absolutely nailed it with this one. The character Blonde is not stupid and certainly not to be messed with.
The rest of the cast, including McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan and the others all do a great job as well. The film tried to be a little funny at times, but the humor mostly fell flat, with one or two chuckles at most. The soundtrack is peppy, pumpy and always on cue. Imagine a fight sequence where this chick is bashing men up in all directions, with the anti-war protest song 99 Luftballons playing in the background. The OST comprises 1980s songs by artists such as David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Tyler Bates, Queen and George Michael amongst many others. That's as stylish as it gets.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Watch Charlize Theron kick some serious ass in absolute style. This badass spy knows how to cause unrest in an already chaotic Berlin. She is your ideal femme fatale.
Charlize worked really hard on this one. Don't believe me, just watch: