Atomic Blonde (2017)
Critic Consensus: Atomic Blonde gets enough mileage out of its stylish action sequences -- and ever-magnetic star -- to make up for a narrative that's somewhat less hard-hitting than its protagonist.
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as Lorraine Broughton
as David Percival
as CIA Agent
as Yuri Bakhtin
as Yuri Bakhtin
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Critic Reviews for Atomic Blonde
Who do we thank for this refreshing take on the smash-'em-up genre and this thoroughly modern woman in a Bechdel-beating blockbuster?... Thank Charlize Theron
In a victory for style over substance, it forces the instincts to follow the plot and care about the characters to surrender to its and Theron's unrelenting cool.
What Theron sells superbly, as she did in Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, is, simply, ferocity.
When the relationships between the leading characters are all so superficial and everyone is deceiving everyone else, it is very hard to engage emotionally with the movie.
Watching Atomic Blonde is a cinematic crash course. It's a course in how to crash a movie, and a script, and a cast; how to crash them till nothing is left but smoking smithereens.
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Goddammit, why couldn't this film have a smarter, more surprising script? Because the execution, editing, fight choreography, cinematography and the usage of music is absolutely fantastic. The atmosphere also feels exactly like Berlin in the year 1989. Unfortunately, all scenes that don't have a really cool song in the background or aren't about people trying to kill each other are a tiny bit boring.
Atomic Blonde is a visceral action packed espionage fight-fest that utilizes some amazing performances between Mcavoy and Theron. It seems like the spy genre will always have trouble balancing a multilayered plot that's either too basic or too convoluted, and this may be a bit of the latter. As with most secret intelligence stories there's a "list" that everyone wants to get a hold of. What makes this production really stand out though is the bare-bones action sequences and stylish neon art direction. Watching Theron fight her way from one gritty setting to another is a marvel and deciphering the plot is a treat on the backdrop of Mcavoy's outstanding performance. I don't think it was exceedingly convoluted and the plot twists actually came in sync with themes of Theron's character if not delivered a little heavy handed. It's just upsetting to see complex spy thrillers get ostracized by a bunch of "I dun get it" folks, while alternatively basic representations of the genre (Captain American: Winter Soldier) get praised.
Charlize is awesome and the fight scenes are well done, but the story is a bit cumbersome and it causes the final third to drag.
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