Blon­des have more fun

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - With Ju­lian Wright David Leitch Char­l­ize Theron, James Mcavoy, John Good­man Au­gust 3 Ju­lian Wright

MOVE over Bond and Bourne, there’s a new player in town.

When a col­league is killed, un­der­cover Se­cret In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice agent Lor­raine Broughton (Char­l­ize Theron) trav­els to ‘80s era Ber­lin, at the height of the Cold War, to in­ves­ti­gate his mur­der.

Also on her agenda is to re­cover a miss­ing list of dou­ble agents be­fore it falls into the wrong hands and their true iden­ti­ties are re­vealed.

But who can she trust: her lo­cal con­tact David Per­ci­val (James Mcavoy) or the sexy French agent she sleeps with, Del­phine (Sofia Boutella)? Prob­a­bly no­body, if th­ese films have taught us any­thing, but it is a ride-and-a-half to find out.

Told in flash­back with en­er­getic vis­ual flair to a thump­ing ’80s sound­track, Atomic Blonde of­ten awk­wardly bor­ders on male teenage fan­tasy.

Stunt co-or­di­na­tor turned di­rec­tor David Leitch serves up some im­pres­sive ac­tion se­quences; a one-shot stair­case bat­tle be­tween Lor­raine and a bunch of goons is a tour-de-force.

It is a case of style over sub­stance; Leitch’s vi­sion is cer­tainly hip and he is con­sis­tently in­ven­tive.

Theron kicks butt in more ways than one, fur­ther so­lid­i­fy­ing her­self af­ter Mad Max: Fury Road as a cin­e­matic ac­tiom hero.

Yet if one is to be picky, it is that she seems to takes the role a bit more se­ri­ously than she should; her per­for­mance here is more aligned with other icy turns in Snow White and Prometheus. It would have been nice to see her with a bit more of a sense of hu­mour about it, con­sid­er­ing this movie is, visu­ally, about hav­ing fun. Atomic Blonde (MA) ★★★½

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Char­l­ize Theron in Atomic Blonde.

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