August 6, 2017
Since the first Atomic Blonde trailer came out, it was clear that this flick is either going to be the best movie ever or the worst movie. Fortunately, Atomic Blonde falls to the first category. As the title suggests, the movie is essentially about a female action hero who kicks ass John Wick style. Funnily enough, the director of Atomic Blonde, David Leitch, was one of the creators of John Wick and it shows here. The action is simply breathtaking! Unlike John Wick, however, the character of Charlize Theron really struggled to knock out all the goons, no matter how much kung-fu she knew (she’s tough, but all the bad guys were Dwayne Johnson-sized). But it was really fun to watch these fights no matter how ridiculous they were!
As far as the plot goes, it’s 1989 and a super spy Lorraine Broughton (played by Charlize Theron) is sent to Berlin with a mission of finding the list of double agents and the rat among their spying ranks. Oftentimes, there is a twist about who the traitor is in these types of movies, so immediately I thought the traitor was Charlize’s boss who sent her on mission in the first place (I was wrong, though).
Anywho, the blonde arrives in Berlin and teams up with David Percival, (played by James McAvoy) and all kinds of crazy happen. The actual story isn’t clever enough to dissect it scene by scene. What matters is how the cast handled their performances and they absolutely pulled it off. Obviously, Charlize stole every scene she was in; if it wasn’t for her, the movie would’ve simply been a collection of entertaining yet loosely connected scenes.
At the end of the day, Atomic Blonde is good movie that balances form and substance. Among others, two undeniable merits these movie possesses are the visuals and the soundtrack, both are extremely sophisticated. Looks like Deadpool 2 is in safe hands with David Leitch. Oh, by the way, turned out it was Charlize Theron who’s the double agent traitor. She fooled everyone and I don’t give a flying F about spoilers!