Atomic Blonde Review

Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Eddie Marsan, John Goodman, Toby Jones, James Faulkner, Roland Moller, Sofia Boutella and Bill Skarsgard.

MI6 Agent Lorraine Broughton is sent to Berlin, during the Cold War, to investigate the murder of a fellow Agent and track down a missing list of double agents, where she is partnered with fellow agent, David Percival.

Positives. Atomic Blonde was directed by David Leitch, who directed the first John Wick and is currently directing Deadpool 2, so you knew that the film was going to feature great action pieces and it doesn’t disappoint. It is always good to see great action in films that doesn’t have many cuts and you can actually see what is going on. The action is very intense, using the right amount of blood, feeling very realistic and it made sense to see how tired the characters got during the fight showing how much effort they put in. The film uses colour really well to using a good mix of dull colours with bright neon, which gets a lot of really good shots.

The performances are fine. Charlize Theron and James McAvoy are good as always and Sofia Boutella continues to impress but they didn’t do anything mind-blowing with their characters. We know they are all good actors so it wasn’t a surprise or a change from normal for them.

Negatives. The story is where the film really fails. It just doesn’t feel like anything new. Despite having a good lead, and it is good and refreshing to see a woman as the lead of an action film, it is wasted by the basic plot that will mean the film just passes by general audiences and doesn’t get as much attention as it should be. The story is pretty slow and takes long breaks from the action to do more “spy work”, in comparison to John Wick which is nonstop action, which was more what I was expecting going into the film.

It’s enjoyable but doesn’t have any rewatchability about it.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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