Charlize Theron shines as Lorraine Broughton in this slightly sluggish action movie. The movie deals with a Mi6 agent being killed for information about all the agents working for Mi6. This information is referred to as the list and it is Theron who is sent into Berlin to retrieve it with help of David Percival played by James McAvoy. Set in the 80s Cold War period, this list plays a very important part in the end of the Cold War and hence, the mission, but can she trust Parcival as she is clearly asked to “Trust No One” by Chief C played by James Faulkner.
The script revolves around Theron getting debriefed about what goes down in Berlin. Former stuntman David Leitch and the director here tries to show the flashback and present sequences quite nicely but doesn’t do proper justice to the script. The action sequences are the highlight of this action thriller but it can only hold you for some time in this slow & long action movie.
James McAvoy plays the Agent Parcival, the guy to go to in Berlin as he has his roots in every corner and practically has contacts everywhere. Theron also makes fun of his reach in a scene where she asks him ‘If his reach is only till the doormen and bellboys.’ In the midst of Cold war in Berlin, it’s not easy to stay loyal and McAvoy does full justice to his role of embedded station chief David Percival.
Theron punches, kicks, and shoots her way through this beautifully choreographed action thriller. One such sequence is in which Lorraine must whisk away a wounded Spyglass played by Eddie Marsan, and defend him from armed attackers. It takes place in extremely long takes with combatants working from all kinds of angles, with all kinds of props, getting realistically exhausted as the fight rages on. It’s also heartening to see Theron taking punches, collecting bruises, and still getting back up on her feet. All of this looks so real you just can’t stop yourself from connecting to the character.
We give Atomic Blonde a kickass 3 stars with a kink. Brownie points for Charlize Theron for the ever-so-amazing stunts and looks.
PS: Special Mention for Sofia Boutella she plays a love-struck stalker spy Delphine Lasalle to perfection and the chemistry between her and Theron in the love making scene is to die for.
Charlize Theron shines as Lorraine Broughton in this slightly sluggish action movie. The movie deals with a Mi6 agent being killed for information ...3.0