Atomic Blonde

The Week Middle East - - Arts -

Dir: David Leitch 1hr 55mins (15) In­tro­duc­ing a new ac­tion hero

This “sexy, vi­o­lent and cool” thriller stars Char­l­ize Theron as a Bri­tish spy sent to 1980s Ber­lin to re­cover a miss­ing mi­cro­film, said Jamie East in The Sun. There she runs into a French agent (Sofia Boutella), with whom she has a pas­sion­ate fling, and an un­hinged MI6 sta­tion chief (James McAvoy). But who, if any­one, is to be trusted? The plot and char­ac­ters are “su­per­fi­cial”, said Ge­of­frey Mac­nab in The In­de­pen­dent. Yet for sheer en­ter­tain­ment value, Atomic Blonde can’t be faulted. There are some bril­liant fight scenes be­tween the “car­toon­ishly in­de­struc­table” Theron and her op­po­nents. Best of all is a ten-minute scene in which Theron bat­tles her way down a stair­case through a clus­ter of KGB agents, said Kevin Ma­her in The Times. It’s “one of the most ex­hil­a­rat­ing se­quences com­mit­ted to film this year”. Ad­mit­tedly, the film’s plot is de­riv­a­tive, said Tim Robey in The Daily Tele­graph, with its sub-Le Carré smoke and mir­rors. But it’s worth see­ing for Theron’s ac­tion mas­ter­class. She makes Ja­son Bourne and James Bond “look like a mild-man­nered kin­der­garten teacher and the school’s arthritic jan­i­tor, re­spec­tively”.

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