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Atomic Blonde (2017) Reviewed by Jay

United States, 27 July 2017

 

Jay´s Review

"Mr. Gorbachev, Tear down this wall!" It's June 12, 1987 and we join the turbulent anarchy that follows President Ronald Reagan's historic demand. The Berlin wall is coming down and the world's super powers are in play.

 

MI6 sends a top operative to investigate the murder of one of their own and recover a list of double agents in order to protect them. One is already imbedded in the city.

 

Antony Johnston and Sam Hart created a graphic novel, "The Coldest City" which Kurt Johnston used for this screenplay. Director David Leitch, a former stuntman, brings us a complex actioner set in a dreary, dismal city where EVERYBODY smokes!

 

Part of his cast:

 

  • * Charlize Theron ("Mad Max: Fury Road") Lorraine Broughton is our eponymous heroine, strong, fearless and resourceful. She's smart, multilingual, and can kick butt with the best of them. She bathes in a tub filled with ice cubes. Watch her use that hot plate!
  • * James McAvoy ("X-Men: Apocalypse") David Percival is the deeply imbedded Berlin agent. There are times he loses track.
  • * Eddie Marsan ("Their Finest") Spyglass has been exposed so he has to get out of Berlin, NOW!
  • * James Faulkner ("Game of Thrones") "Chief C" is the Agency Chief. I'm mostly mentioning him because he has the most resonant speaking voice I have ever heard.
  • * Sofia Boutella ("Star Trek Beyond") French intelligence agent Delphine has something Lorraine wants.
  • * Toby Jones and John Goodman are with MI6 and the CIA, respectively. Their job is to conduct Lorraine's debriefing.
This is R-rated, so expect profanity, gunfire and lots of fisticuffs. You will also see vehicular mayhem, riots and some blowie uppie stuff, plus just a tantalizing bit of tasteful sex. And as I said before, it's 1987 and EVERYBODY smokes!

 

 
Oh! Be sure to suspend disbelief!
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Check out this award-winning trailer:
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