Atomic Blonde review by Bobby Blakey
When someone like director David Letich comes off of a bad ass film like John Wick you can’t help but to be eager to see what he comes up with next. While he has fans excited for his currently filming work on Deadpool 2 its his latest film that hit theaters Atomic Blonde that is really the current star. The film features a great cast including Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, and Toby Jones, but does it offer up another great does of action or is it just a double agent trying to make you believe it is something it’s not?
Atomic Blonde follows Agent Lorraine Broughton who is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, and willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. From the first trailer you could tell there was going to be some bad ass action offered up that was sure to please. The trailer for this film is a bit misleading in a good way as it offers up a lot more story than you might expect which means there is quite a lot of down time in between the action. I loved the film as a whole, but felt that it could have been trimmed a bit to tighten up some of the overall story, but when it gets to the final sequences it helps to bring it together.
Theron is excellent here bringing a subtle stoic style to her performance that offers up moments of emotion that reminds you she is still human. Her hard work and dedication to the role shines through with her excellent execution of the fight sequences that are fully believable. McAvoy is as good as ever as well and offers up some great moments here and great chemistry with Theron, but nothing like the chemistry she has with the always beautiful Sofia Boutella. While she has a smaller part she is coming into her own with a smaller role than she has in her previous films, but one you won’t soon forget.
There are some over the top fights the fact that they are played out with no one person being unstoppable. I was surprised that there wasn’t more action due to the promos, but everything here is great and violent just like you would expect. There is an awesome continuous shot sequence that is mind blowing in execution and one that will likely be a fan favorite. I hope this film resonates with audiences and opens up the chance for a new franchise for Theron. While I still think John Wick is a better film, this one sets the stage for more great things.
This release not only features the film, but also deleted and extended scenes, commentary and numerous featurettes that take you behind bringing this action flick to life. Be sure to grab your copy of Atomic Blonde on Digital HD on October 24th and then on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on November 14th from Universal Home Entertainment.