Sensual and savage, Lorraine Broughton is the most elite spy in MI6, an agent who’s willing to use all of her lethal skills to stay alive during an impossible mission. With the Berlin Wall about to fall, she travels into the heart of the city to retrieve a priceless dossier and take down a ruthless espionage ring. Once there, she teams up with an embedded station chief to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron and is the story of a female secret agent who is taking on a mission during the fall of the Berlin Wall. Atomic Blonde works well as highlight reel movie of great scenes but overall is lacking a bit. While the action scenes in are immaculate and some of the best in years, from a narrative standpoint the film disappointed me in a way. It’s also worth noting that people concerned this movie would just be a female John Wick should be pleased to hear that it is far from it.
Atomic Blonde is most successful in its action sequences. There is a scene that takes place in a stairwell that is flat out jaw-dropping. They are filmed perfectly and the stunt work here is out of this world. Many of the stunt people from the John Wick are continuing their unbelievable craft here. Theron also helms these scenes with a precision that is a treat to watch. She owns this role and she got some great help from her entire supporting cast, specifically Sofia Boutella and James McAvoy.
The main problem with Atomic Blonde is the way it presents its narrative. Theron’s character is shown in the beginning with a black eye and explaining her story in an interrogation style. This does help set up a moment later on in the film, but this tactic does immediately tell the audience that she survives and is alive and well. I also felt that the film came crashing to a halt every time it went back to this interrogation. The film makes some plot twists fairly obvious as well. Notice that I said “some” because there is one twist completely out of left field that had me leaving the theater a bit surprised.
This film is also absolutely gorgeous and continues a trend this summer of beautiful looking films. The soundtrack is also great although I feel that it was a bit abrupt in the way that it was used. The music is played at a high volume and then when something happens the volume is cranked up to 100. This is pretty cool in some scenes but I grew a bit tired of it.
Atomic Blonde isn’t a great film but it’s a fun time with some great action scenes. I think it’s one of those movies that instead of watching the whole thing you jump on youtube and watch those couple of scenes that you vividly remember.