Review: Atomic Blonde is a Killer Sexy Spy Flick
Editor’s Note: Readers! Give a big welcome to new Legion of Leia contributor, Brittney Gouldelock!
Atomic Blonde is a bombshell. Yes, I have been waiting to say that cheesetastic line for a month. I am excited for this to be my inaugural review with Legion of Leia. I’ve been lucky enough to see this kickass movie twice before its official release on July 28, 2017. I admit when I 1st saw the trailer, I wasn’t hyped for it all. To me it looked like just another spy movie that has a sexy leading lady. I am pleased to say that between the killer soundtrack, eclectic supporting cast and intense fighting sequences, Blonde is much more.
It’s 1989. The end of the Cold War is near and the Berlin Wall is on the verge of coming down. MI6 has sent Lorraine Broughton to Berlin after the murder of one of their key agents to retrieve a dossier that contains a list of agents before it’s put on the black market to the highest bidder.
Atomic Blonde, directed by David Leitch (V For Vendetta, John Wick and the upcoming Deadpool 2 movie), is based off of the graphic novel The Coldest City by Antony Johnston & Sam Hart. Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) is Agent Broughton, the cold as ice, titular blonde who is paired with David Percival (James McAvoy), MI6’s golden boy who has “gone feral” in the spy game.
The goal is to recover the priceless list before the identities of Britain’s spies are discovered. Along the way we meet newbie French spy, Delphine LaSalle (Sofia Boutella) who quickly gets close with Broughton. If you’ve seen the trailer, you know just how close. Besides, what’s a spy movie without a love interest? Ok so maybe it’s not always necessary but it is pretty steamy. The movie is told mostly through a series of flashbacks as Broughton’s MI6 superior (Toby Jones) and a hard nosed CIA agent (John Goodman) debrief Lorraine.
Rounding out the cast is Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) as Spyglass, a defecting Stasi soldier who has committed the list to memory and is now an asset that both MI6 agents must keep out of the sights of German agents.
The highlight of the movie is the fight scenes. Coming from the man who not only brought us John Wick but is also a stuntman/stunt coordinator, should we expect any less? What is there not to like about watching Broughton tear through a group of officers while George Michael’s “Father Figure” plays?
The best and most talked about scene is roughly seven glorious minutes of our girl just being a badass while she protects Spyglass from the enemy. Theron spent months of training to do these scenes and the payoff is wonderful. I don’t want to spoil any of it for you but like I said if you like John Wick for the fights you will not be disappointed here. Theron even sparred with Keanu Reeves who was shooting John Wick 2. To be quite honest, I’d pay to watch that movie. (Editor’s note: Um… Yes please)
Ultimately, while Atomic Blonde isn’t 100% faithful to the source material, but it is highly entertaining and has some fun twists. I’d say this movie is one of the best of 2017 so far.