Thursday, 21 December 2017

Atomic Blonde

From out of the background of the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall comes a spy action story that kicks James Bond in the balls and then some. As the powers of East and West grapple with the Wall’s final collapse, an all beaten up Lorraine (Chalize Theron) is telling us, through a London debriefing, exactly how she got every black mark on her body during the past two weeks of her East German spy asset recovery adventures.
So, yes, Theron kicks ass throughout, and demonstrates very vividly how to beat the men conspiring against her (and, I assume, by extension, against all women). I will also add she is not shy of making the most of her physical assets as she proves the point.
Long cut action scenes, shot oh so very well, provide a stark contrast to the chaotic mess being fed to us in every other movie using that headache inducing technique that grew so fashionable. Complicated choreography aside, it is clear Theron herself performed through at least a major part of her stunts; I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the bruises she carries in the movie were real.
With a soundtrack comprised of the best of eighties’ Cold War music (or, at least, music produced in the Western border areas of the iron curtain), Atomic Blonde is delightful from start to finish.
This one is all about Theron from start to finish, which leads me to conclude the world would be at a loss if we do not get more of Theron’s form and quality. 3.5 out of 5 crabs.

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