‘Atomic Blonde’ Review


I think we can finally say it at this point. Charlize Theron is a bona fide action star! She has proven herself in Mad Max: Fury Road, The Fate of the Furious, and now Atomic Blonde. Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, because even though she is perfect in it, the film itself is not perfect. The movie takes place in 1989 Berlin and follows Lorraine Broughton (Theron), an MI6 agent as she is sent to work with Berlin station chief David Percival (McAvoy). They are to find and extract some valuable information from Berlin and find out how and why their colleague, who was handling the information before, was made and killed. You would think that this is a simple premise that is easy to follow on-screen, but it’s not. The editing and pacing of this film left me confused at times. The timeline feels slightly jumbled even though you’re led to believe the bulk of the film takes place over ten days. Part of this is to keep the audience guessing, but I feel that it was not executed properly. On to things that the film did execute properly, the action! The action scenes in this film were great. The car chases were shot brilliantly and the fights were well choreographed. There’s even a hallway fight sequence that would give the ones in Marvel’s Daredevil a run for its money. The casting of John Goodman as a CIA Agent and James McAvoy as Percival was great as they had good chemistry with Charlize Theron’s character very well. They don’t get as much screen time as Charlize, but when they are on screen it’s great. You never know if they are friend or foe until the very end. Also while I agree with the casting of Sofia Boutella as Delphine, I feel her character was mishandled in the script. To me, she was nothing more than a sex symbol or damsel in distress. However, Charlize’s power, sexuality, and strength on screen elevate this film. With any other actress, the film may not have succeeded in the areas that it did. Overall Atomic Blonde was a fun action romp worthy of its star. The film earns a Decent 7.8/10. Hopefully, the studios continue casting Theron in these action roles because she is killing it. I’m looking at you Warner Bros., as she would make a great villain for the DCEU. I’m thinking Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah in Wonder Woman 2 maybe!? Here’s to dreaming.

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