Blondes have more fun
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.