Atomic Blonde – After their success with the Keanu Reeves-led shoot ’em up John Wick, directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch split up to work on separate projects. Stahelski continued his collaboration with Reeves on John Wick 2. Leitch, on the other hand, moved on to direct Charlize Theron in the equally action-packed spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.
Charlize Theron Goes Nuclear In Atomic Blonde
Set in 1989, shortly before the Berlin Wall came crashing down, Atomic Blonde stars Theron as British MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton. When another agent is killed and a microfilm he was carrying goes missing, Broughton is tasked with tracking down the stolen document, which contains a list of every known secret agent in the Soviet Union. She is dispatched to Berlin, where she and fellow operative David Percival (James McAvoy) must scour the criminal underground for any clue as to the location of The List. Predictably, things go awry, leading to a series of firefights and fisticuffs.
Plot is definitely not the movie’s strong suit. There are so many twists, turns, and muddied character motivations that audiences could be left scratching their heads trying to make sense of it. Fortunately, the story here is secondary to the action. And what astonishing action it is.
The fight choreography throughout is top-notch, and Leitch’s direction keeps us close enough to feel the impact of every blow. Theron proved herself a capable action star in 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, but here she pushes herself to the limit and gives one of the most electric performances in recent memory. Add in one heck of an 80s soundtrack and some very in-your-face artistic choices, and you have a film that just oozes style.
If you want your time at the theater to be thought-provoking or to have some deeper meaning, you may want to look elsewhere. But if you just want to have some fun, Atomic Blonde will give you two hours of sexy, stylish, butt-kicking entertainment. And who could really ask for more?
Atomic Blonde characters and cast include:
Lorraine Broughton – Charlize Theron (The Italian Job, Prometheus, Monster, Mad Max: Fury Road, Arrested Development, Aeon Flux, The Cider House Rules, Reindeer Games)
David Percival – James McAvoy (Wanted, X-Men: First Class, Watership Down, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her, Trance, Welcome to the Punch, Atonement, The Last King of Scotland)
Spyglass – Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Ray Donovan, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Hancock, Red Riding Trilogy, The Illusionist, V for Vendetta)
Emmett Kurzfeld – John Goodman (Rosanne, The Big Lebowski, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Monuments Men, Inside Llewyn Davis, Flight, Argo, Trouble with the Curve, Barton Fink, Sea of Love)
Eric Gray – Toby Jones (Sherlock, The Secret Agent, Wayward Pines, The Girl, The Hunger Games, My Week with Marilyn, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Finding Neverland, Infamous, Scoop, The Painted Veil, Frost/Nixon, The Rite, The Titanic, Morgan)
Chief ‘C’ – James Faulkner (Watership Down, Game of Thrones, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Downton Abbey, The Good Shepherd)
Aleksander Bremovych – Roland Moller (Land of Mine, A Highjacking, R., Undercover)
Delphine Lasalle – Sofia Bontelle (The Mummy, Jet Trash, Tiger Raid, Kingsman: The Secret Service)
Merkel – Bill Skarsgard (Simple Simon, Allegiant, Hemlock Grove)
James Gasciogne – Sam Hargrave
Yuri Bakhtin – Johannes Hauker Johannesson (The Last Kingdom, Noah, Game of Thrones)
Watchmaker – Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds, This Means War, Rabbit without Ears)
Coroner – Barbara Sukowa (M. Butterfly, Hannah Arendt, 12 Monkeys, Johnny Mnemonic, Lola)