Atomic Blonde

7.0 IMDb
12 March 2017 Release
$ 30 000 000 Budget
115 min Duration
Genres:Action, Mystery, Thriller
Countries:Germany, Sweden, USA
Director:David Leitch
Writers:Kurt Johnstad, Antony Johnston
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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 (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

Movie Comments

  1. Bob Rutzel, 1 month ago
    During the Cold War MI-6 Agent Lorraine (Charlize Theron) is sent to Berlin to find out who killed a fellow agent and to recover a list of MI-6 and CIA Double Agents that cannot get into the hands of the Russians. There is a mole or a double agent. Can you figure out who it is?

    Yes, you know where this is going, but let me say the fighting stunts are brutal, so much so I was worn-out exhausted just sitting on the couch. Wait until you see them. Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! And if that was really Charlize Theron doing those fighting stunts, she had to be more exhausted than I was. (It's only a movie, Bob) So you say. But I am not kidding. And later the car chases. Wow! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch again! The stunts are getting more risky as movies go on. Wait until you see them. Hope no one was hurt.

    We hear of double agents, but there is a Triple Agent in here. Can you figure it out?

    It doesn't matter what kind of role Charlize Theron takes on, she is excellent in everything. Pretty too. (Thought you might say that) Now, was that her or a stunt-double in those fight scenes? Very exhausting. You decide.

    But on the whole this is a good movie, good cast and terrific acting all around. And, hey, I like spy movies.

    Notables: Toby Jones as Eric Grey, Lorraine's supervisor; John Goodman as Emmett Kurzfeld, a CIA Operative; Sofia Boutella as Delphine a spy but also a love interest with Lorraine; Eddie Marsan as Spyglass who has memorized the list Lorraine is after; James Falkner as "C" The Chief; and James McAvoy as David Percival, Lorraine's partner.

    There are some twists, but you may not be prepared for one of the last ones. Okay, it straightens up so "no worries." I think………… Maybe…………… (7/10)

    Violence: Yes. Sex: Yes, Lorraine and Delphine, but briefly. Totally unnecessary scenes. Nudity: No. Language: Yes.
  2. CinemaClown, 3 weeks ago
    After dazzling everyone with his debut feature, which he co-directed with Chad Stahelski, director David Leitch tries to prove his mettle with his solo directorial effort but unlike Stahelski's solo feat that was John Wick: Chapter 2, his film falls a little short. There are few things that Atomic Blonde gets right but it isn't sturdy enough to hold itself together.

    Set in Germany just before the fall of Berlin Wall, the story of Atomic Blonde follows a top-level MI6 field agent who's sent to Berlin to investigate the murder of a fellow undercover agent and retrieve an all-important list that would expose every intelligence agent active on both sides of the wall but in order to deliver the package safely across the wall, she has to bring all her skill-set into play.

    Directed by David Leitch, the film finds him in prime form when he's staging an action sequence but whenever it returns to plot & character development, it's unable to sustain that same level of intensity. The narrative is weak, the non-linear arrangement is incoherent, subplots are poorly scripted, twists are predictable & it lacks a smooth flow when switching from one scene to another.

    The Cold War era and the feeling of unrest that comes associated with it is expertly captured and well-sustained by its overcast ambiance & apt use of cold colour tones. Camera-work is kinetic and makes excellent use of close-ups, long takes & neon lighting to add more flavours to its images. Editing is all over the place though, for the plot is muddled, narrative flow is inconsistent & pacing is tedious.

    Coming to the performances, leading from the front is Charlize Theron in a swashbuckling display of swag, sultriness & solidity, and she captures her character's cold & charismatic demeanour with raw intensity. James McAvoy's character carries an enigmatic quality and the actor does justice to his role. And the two are finely supported by John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, Bill Skarsgård & Toby Jones.

    On an overall scale, Atomic Blonde is a stylishly directed action spy thriller but the blandness in the storytelling section fails to set it apart from its genre's norms. The action is brutal, thrilling & highly engaging, and I love the fact that those hand-to-hand combat scenes are illustrated as physically exhausting, which is what they are in real-life. In short, Atomic Blonde rides on Theron's badass input and entertains in bits n pieces but the interest always fizzles out when she isn't beating men to a pulp.