How to best describe ATOMIC BLONDE?
How about, “Hot Badass Cold War Spy Thriller!”
The movie opens with newsreel footage of President Reagan in front of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin proclaiming to the world: “Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall!”
So is this the story of the Wall?
Not at all as the graphics on the screen make very clear.
Sure the setting is Berlin but the timeline here is about a week before the FALL of the Wall.
That’s where top level British MI6 agent Charlize Theron’s next assignment has taken her. Her mission, to retrieve a top secret document/list of missing agents and take down a deadly espionage operation in the process.
However it’s not the storyline that makes this movie so much fun to watch.
It’s our ATOMIC BLONDE’s non-stop action spectacle as she unleashes her feminine prowess with non-emotional efficiency.
Charleze Theron as the ultra-cool, yet sensuous spy-master in (at times) VERY R-rated situations.
All this with a classic 80’s soundtrack makes for one hour and 55 minutes of solid screen action.
Director David Leitch (John Wick) surrounds Theron with a most capable cast of characters including James McAvoy, John Goodman and Sofia Boutella to name a few.
And just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, here comes another twist of a twist…OF A TWIST—making this violent Cold War chess game that much more enjoyable.
Four-faced backstabbers all the way!
Based on Antony Johnston‘s graphic novel The Coldest City, ATOMIC BLONDE grabs hold of you and never lets go until the film’s final frame.
MY grade: B
JACK GOES TO THE MOVIES Friday mornings during Kansas City’s Morning News on 98.1 FM, KMBZ.