Review: Atomic Blonde (2017)

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Atomic Blonde

Theatrical Release Date: July 28, 2017

 

 

 

Atomic Blonde is based on a graphic novel The Coldest City. Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), a MI6 agent, opens the movie bruised and beaten in a tub only to head in to be debriefed by an MI6 investigator Gray (Toby Jones) and a CIA agent (John Goodman). Lorraine begins to explain the events of her most recent mission where she was sent to Berlin in the middle of the Cold War to retrieve a list of highly valuable information about double agents. Intel believed this list might have been in Russian possession and, if true, could have extend the Cold War for decades.

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Lorraine was met in Berlin by Berlin bureau chief, David Percival (James McAvoy), but not before she had to fight off some guys who picked her up at the airport. David and Lorraine are forced to join forces to track down the list. During their search they find out an agent named Spyglass (Eddie Marsan) has seen the list and memorized it. While attempting to sneak Spyglass back across the Berlin wall the Russians are there waiting and try killing Spyglass for being a double agent. Lorraine soon realizes what David has been up to and now has to finish the mission solo, the way she wanted it from the beginning.

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When we first saw the trailer for Atomic Blonde it gave the impression it could be a Female John Wick. It made more sense after seeing the director (David Leitch) was co-director of JW and Atomic Blonde was his first solo credit as a director. After seeing the movie we realized it less female JW, but more female James Bond. We were extremely pleased, spy movies are our thing. Charlize Theron is a badass the entire film and James McAvoy continues to crush roles he plays lately. Reports all over have Theron doing he own stunts which after learning make the fight scenes that much more impressive. She really throws down! We were left guessing where it would go next all the way up until the end. The Cold War setting of Berlin was different and really made for a great spy movie environment. We both really enjoyed it and commend the jobs done by everyone from top to bottom on this film. Theron isn’t slowing down, McAvoy is on a hot streak, and director Leitch show promise in his future work.

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Reel ROB Rating: 4.5/5

Post Credit Scene: No

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