Sick Product of a Sick System
Absolutely the worst movie.
If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds.
There is, somehow, an interesting story here, as well as some good acting. There are also some good scenes
There are three kind of scenes in this movie: 1) Action set piece2) A character "looking cool, reflecting on something"3) A character "looking cool" throwing one liners at another character that either "looks cool" or "badass" or "shows how much power it has"This movie is TRASH. Plot is trash. The action scenes are trash (good choreography, but NOPE, I don't believe Charlize Theron can do any of that. Not ONE realistic action scene for her... Well maybe one of two.. it might be just bad casting). But... if you like 100000000000 millon crossing of "cool characters" (smoking, most of the time), then you might like this trash piece of "art".
Hectic plot, somber history, surprising scenario, not bad .
This cool, sexy and gritty spy action thriller is set during the concluding stages of the cold war in 1980's Berlin, where East and West are still separated by a wall, the police are brutal, the people live in fear, and poverty is rife. An MI6 spy has got hold of a list from a Soviet defector; the list contains names and information on a whole group of global spies from different countries networks, giving names as well as history. The list would prolong, if not ensure the Western world lost the cold war. Unfortunately the MI6 agent is assassinated. Although there is a theory on who has the list nobody is entirely certain, but it's a race against time to get the list as other countries spies all rush to be the first to claim the list for their country. We follow Lorraine Broughton (Theron), she's called in by MI6 to go to Berlin and retrieve the list. On arrival, she partners up with David Percival (McAvoy), who is an embedded spy in Berlin that knows the lay of the land. She soon discovers she's in a world where you can't trust anybody as she gets shot at, beaten up, drown, strangled and stabbed - but Lorraine is a tough nut, she's ready and willing to do whatever it takes, with or to whoever in order to do her job. I really enjoyed this film, it was stylish and sleek while also being dirty and nasty, it was high octane and packed with thrills and action too, but it also had trudging slower moments too. Based on Antony Johnston's graphic novel "The Coldest City", the film really delivers the look and feel of what I have come to expect from graphic novella. It had multiple layers with twists and turns enough to keep me entertained and intrigued. It was refreshing to see a female spy deliver a performance that was probably grittier and more kick-ass than your typical Bond/Bourne performance. The fight choreography is brutal and raw, which is nice to see, I'm bored of perfect fight scenes where wired and roped actors perform a kung-Fu dance rather than try to survive. Yes, it looked like it hurt and it looked like Theron's character suffers - I'd expect this, unlike Hollywood's usual jump out of a 3rd story window and walk away with no cuts or bruises. Set in the 80's the film not just stylized the look and feel of the world being portrayed, but the film style itself, the cinematography followed many a film from the 80's in its set-up. It was like this film was themed 80's throughout but had the intelligence of a modern film. The soundtrack was fun, and it was lovely to see the psychological juxtapositions of generally happy music set against nasty backgrounds or violence - I guess based on other reviews, some people don't understand this concept. Nor do the other reviews do credit to the characters in the film and the performances - this isn't just a vehicle to show how cool and sexy Theron is (and she is); McAvoy isn't just drifting through the film for a pay check - he plays broken quite well; Goodman isn't sleepwalking into a film credit, this isn't going to end Boutelle's career because she plays a naïve French spy really well; Jones is believable as a bumbling office jockey - come on people, open your eyes!! A lot of the reviews I have read about this film really do the film an injustice - avoid the reviews and make your own mind up. When it comes to rating films I'm tight with my stars, I would have awarded this a 7.5, but due to the terrible reviews I've seen I'm rounding up - Atomic Blonde can have an 8 out of 10 for me.
From the uncredited co-director of "John Wick" comes an action film of equal badassery. Charlize Theron is dynamite in this Cold War action film, where she plays an undercover MI6 agent tasked with recovering a missing list of undercover agents. The plot is perfunctory at best, but it does serve to take Theron through a 1989 East and West Berlin right before the wall came down, featuring 80s punks, neon drenched nightclubs, and a killer soundtrack that ranges from The Clash, to David Bowie, to Queen, and loads more. "Atomic Blonde" would have been a solid action film without the Cold War 80s setting, but adding this retro element turned this film's cool factor up to eleven. Theron is amazingly 80s cool with her short hair and go-go boots, but shines most strongly when she's kicking ass (she actually did a majority of her fighting and stunt work on the film). Enough cannot be said of how much Theron adds to this film. She's an Oscar calibre of actress starring in an unabashedly popcorn film, which greatly elevates "Atomic Blonde" from if the filmmakers had simply cast a pretty face like Milla Jovovich or even legit badasses like MMA fighter Gina Carano (everyone should watch her film "Haywire" though). It also helps that you have a solid supporting cast that includes Toby Jones, John Goodman, and James McAvoy as a terrifically sleazy undercover agent. The other hero of this film is director David Leitch, who bring the same level of relentlessly intense action he brought to the John Wick films. The fight scenes and shoots outs are as fast as a Hong Kong action film, but also embrace the more muscular American approach to action films, which adds up to a style of action that feels like something wholly new (Kurt Wimmer's "Gun-Fu" in "Equilibrium" and "Ultraviolet" was the last new style of film action I can recall that felt like something new and not tried before). As with the best action films, the action builds, starting smaller at first to a quite impressive climactic action sequence. I think the apartment fight sequence that gives the appearance of being one long continuous shot is the most impressive action sequence of the film, but "Atomic Blonde" is filled with memorable action scenes. Overall, even though the script is heavy on plot cliches and is short on character development, who really cares when the you have Charlize Theron taking out rooms full of dudes in knee-high boots to awesome 80s tracks!