Popcorn Addict: Atomic Blonde
The moment I saw the trailer for Atomic Blonde a few months ago, I knew I was all in. It gave me similar vibes to Salt, but more dark and intense. Definitely excited to receive this screener.
Atomic Blonde, directed by David Leitch (Fight Club, 300, V for Vendetta), centers on an undercover MI6 agent (Charlize Theron; Mad Max) who is sent to Berlin to investigate the death of a fellow agent. She is quickly paired with another agent (James McAvoy; Split) to investigate the case and obtain an important list of secret agents that would be risky in the hands of adversaries. However, she is given the instructions of “trust no one,” which leads to a crazy game.
Charlize captivates the audience in her sleek, sexy spy role. She’s fierce, elegant, and strong. The movie goer gets fixated on her presence and cares little for bigger story. We got lost in all of the twists and turns in the convoluted script, but didn’t mind with Charlize leading the charge. Between her role Atomic Blonde and her recent Furious 8 appearance, Charlize is setting herself up to be the next big action movie star. Unfortunately, McAvoy is underutilized in this film. Though his scenes were well-acted, I anticipated more from him (especially coming off the heels of Split), but he worked with what the script and director gave him. John Goodman has a small role in the film as Charlize’s CIA counterpart, but again, nothing significant.
The fight scenes are astonishing! Charlize (and her stunt double/coordinator) executed complex fights sequences which were well choreographed while being realistic. This isn’t a film where the hero and made of steel. She gets her butt kicked! I would love for more action fears that had more realistic protagonists like her.
Despite the shaky cat-and-mouse script, the action scenes in this film are worth viewing. Additionally, I love that many recent films (e.g., Guardians of the Galaxy, Baby Driver) are creating such great scores in the film. Atomic Blonde, having been set in the 1980s, capitalizes on many 80s pop music.
Overall, the film is a must-see in terms of the action sequences and Charlize playing a vixen-spy. I'm glad that we have more leading ladies in these types of roles. Otherwise, don't get invested in the bigger plot.