Atomic Blonde Reviewed By Jon E Clist

The Premise
The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

The Review
Okay so I have to say that I mostly avoided the trailers for this film. Not completely sure I did it on purpose but I do think that sometimes for a film with a concept such as Atomic Blonde, it is probably not a bad idea. I think it is one of those films that you kind of want to be surprised by and not that the trailers give away too much at times but they do kind of prep you for the feel of a film. Atomic Blonde is something mostly new and fresh although you will hear comments that it shares similarities to films like Bourne or John Wick. Yet the main difference is very obvious, it is female lead.

What a great year for strong female leads with the super hit Wonder Woman and now Charlize Theron is certainly wearing her butt-kicking boots. I have always found Theron to be a strong character actress and by that, I mean there is a real strength and forcefulness that comes out in a lot of her roles. I remember the year that Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman came out. The thought of Julia Roberts attempting to play a horrible evil witch was so disappointing and yet the saving grace was Theron in the role in Snow White and the Huntsman. I mean she was so menacing and exudes evil in that role. Now I am not saying that she exudes evil here in Atomic Blonde, however she certainly brings out the menacing.

Theron sells the role so perfectly and it is no surprise that she had eight personal trainers to help her master her intensely physical performance. She also trained with Keanu Reeves who was preparing for John Wick: Chapter 2. Plus, she cracked two teeth while filming, now that is dedication (Or stupidity) Of course it certainly helps to be surrounded by an awesome cast and it doesn't get any better than James McAvoy, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan and Toby Jones. These well-established actors bring a depth to the film while the youthful freshness of Sofia Boutella and Bill SkarsgĂ„rd bring something super cool to the fray.

When the rating tells you there’s violence you better believe it as this is a gritty and somewhat brutal film. Of course, if you pit someone who is smaller and not as strong as the men she must fight with, then you know it is going to be about fighting smarter and using anything that can be reached. This is where the extreme nature of the fight scenes come into play. These fights are vicious and messy and a lot of fun to watch.

While I have read some reviews that aren’t so sold on the storyline, I loved it and my wife loved it. There are some nice gritty twists and turns and everything is not clean and lovely. Some of the characters aren’t always what they seem and that is essential to a good spy movie. Which fits so well in the timeline in which this story fits. It is set around the week that builds up to the coming down of the Berlin Wall, a time when we see the end of the cold war and the changing of the guard so to speak. While this is David Leitch's first solo credit as director, after co-directing John Wick with Chad Stahelski, he pulls it together like a veteran. The feel and flavour of this film absolutely draws you into 1989 Germany, where the youth are revolting and the communists are barely holding on.

The Verdict
As edgy as hell but entertainingly so. This is not for the soft-souled person but a must for those who love a good edgy action thriller.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 3rd August 2017
Rating: R16 – Contains Graphic violence, sex scenes, offensive language & nudity
Duration: 115 minutes 
Genre:  Action
Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman |
Director: David Leitch (Debut Feature Film)

The Extras

Before filming resumed, James McAvoy broke his hand on the set of Split (2016) and had to endure all his action scenes with his injured hand.

Charlize Theron spent five years developing this project.

The movie is based on Antony Johnston and Sam Hart's 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, which revolves around a spy who has to find a list of double agents who are being smuggled into the West.

The movie was previously called "The Coldest City."


based on the British graphic novel The Coldest City.