(David Leitch, 2017)
Reviewed by Dave Lancaster
Summary: A resonating mix of style and grit, Atomic Blonde makes for riveting escapist entertainment.
Charlize Theron keeps her Oscar safely at home for Atomic Blonde, going all out as a stylish MI6 undercover agent on a mission to unravel a Cold War plot, crack bones and wear as many cocktail dresses as possible.
Fuelled with comic-book vibrance, a darkly gleeful abandonment of reality and set to a pulsating 80s electro soundtrack, Atomic Blonde is a thrilling, fun and surprisingly engrossing thriller that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Also cast somewhat against type is fellow agent played by a barely recognisable James McAvoy who serves as Theron's guide around the harsh, shadowy streets surrounding the Berlin Wall. Adding some more respectful stripes to the cast are the likes of Eddie Marsan as a defector and John Goodman and Toby Jones as intelligence officers who are only really around to help signpost the story's directions for lazier audiences.
Despite that, the film does have its share of decent twists and turns to a point of almost becoming a John Le Carre adaptation but unlike The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, Atomic Blonde lacks a satisfying conclusion instead opting for a double (or is it triple or quadruple?) twist.
But if there's something to remember Atomic Blonde for it's Theron's bold, warts and all approach to her ballsy character. At one moment she uses sexuality to her advantage while the next she puts in a fight to the death that leaves her wheezing and dizzy - and in the process far more vulnerable and believable than James Bond or even Jason Bourne.
If you're looking for what could be a feature-length Blondie music video on steroids, you've come to the right place.
- Commentary with director David Leitch
- Deleted Scenes
- Anatomy of a Fight Scene
- Blondes Have More Gun