Released 7/28/2017 Directed by: David Leitch
Atomic Blonde is based on the graphic novel The Coldest City by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart. This spy thriller set in 1989 Berlin, MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) must obtain a stolen list of Western spies, while the city around her descends into chaos and revolution. Working with local station chief David Percival (James McAvoy), her pursuit leads her to uncover a much larger conspiracy. Toby Jones, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, and Eddie Marsan co-star.
If you want a beautiful , female Jason Bourne, then your prayers have been answered. Charlize Theron more than delivers as Agent Lorraine Broughton. But this comes as no surprise. I can’t think of another actress in Hollywood that has her combination of beauty, acting chops and believable “grit” . This is a role practically MEANT for Theron! Also, James McAvoy is absolutely rocking, as a guy you feel as though you should like but can’t quite bring yourself to it. It’s not quite as head-turning as his work in “Split” but he truly continues to prove himself as an actor to keep your eye on in a big, bad way.
Solid directing, good pacing and GREAT action! I can’t think of an action film with a strong female lead this solid since “The Long Kiss Goodnight” with Geena Davis. I’d maybe give ” Haywire” with Gina Carano an “Honorable Mention” in this category . All in all, money well spent and a good time.
Oh, and the fight scene in the stairwell ….worth the price of admission alone!