Atomic Blonde (2017)
Critic Consensus: Atomic Blonde gets enough mileage out of its stylish action sequences -- and ever-magnetic star -- to make up for a narrative that's somewhat less hard-hitting than its protagonist.
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as Lorraine Broughton
as David Percival
as CIA Agent
as Yuri Bakhtin
as Yuri Bakhtin
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Critic Reviews for Atomic Blonde
While it's not a perfect female-centric spy thriller (let's keep trying), Atomic Blonde winks to the future with exciting possibilities.
Adapting Sam Hart and Antony Johnston's graphic novel The Coldest City, Kurt Johnstad has written a smart exploitation thriller.
The action in Atomic Blonde is top-shelf; but the plot that knits it together, crucial to any good spy film, is a whole lot flimsier.
It's a calorie-free serving of simple pleasures, and sometimes that's exactly what you need.
Can a woman step into James Bond's shoes? Duh, says Charlize Theron as she performs the cold-as-ice secret agent shtick backwards, and in red patent-leather stilettos, in the engaging spy-vs-spy thriller Atomic Blonde.
You don't go to operas for dancing or ballets for singing, and you don't see Atomic Blonde for anything but a badass female protagonist crunching bones and pulping faces in gratifyingly long takes or remarkable simulations thereof.
Audience Reviews for Atomic Blonde
Atomic Blonde is a visceral action packed espionage fight-fest that utilizes some amazing performances between Mcavoy and Theron. It seems like the spy genre will always have trouble balancing a multilayered plot that's either too basic or too convoluted, and this may be a bit of the latter. As with most secret intelligence stories there's a "list" that everyone wants to get a hold of. What makes this production really stand out though is the bare-bones action sequences and stylish neon art direction. Watching Theron fight her way from one gritty setting to another is a marvel and deciphering the plot is a treat on the backdrop of Mcavoy's outstanding performance. I don't think it was exceedingly convoluted and the plot twists actually came in sync with themes of Theron's character if not delivered a little heavy handed. It's just upsetting to see complex spy thrillers get ostracized by a bunch of "I dun get it" folks, while alternatively basic representations of the genre (Captain American: Winter Soldier) get praised.
Charlize is awesome and the fight scenes are well done, but the story is a bit cumbersome and it causes the final third to drag.
A standard spy genre set-up: somebody (in the spy game no less) has written down a list of who's who in the spy game and now everybody in the game wants the list. But the focus of our bemused speculation is Charlize Theron, a lady (what???) spy, and therein is all the difference in the world. And so, a typical - if nonsensical - spy tale. (I mean, spies should know that one just doesn't make lists of all the spies, but let's move beyond that.) The thrill here is watching that selfsame lady survive in the world of asswhupping that the spy game genre typically demands, and this film delivers. Bigtime. Asswhupping. And a killa 80's soundtrack.
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