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ATOMIC BLONDE and its dynamic soundtrack


Here's a movie that's worth seeing in cinema, otherwise it might not leave any sort of impression on you. Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron as a really good undercover agent who gets played by other agents, but ultimately wins the game because she's able to foresee everything that is thrown at here and then some. Directed by David Leitch the movie is still in cinemas, so feel free to take a night off and watch this adrenaline-infused spy story.

"Derived from a comic book called The Coldest City, the movie is unashamed to flaunt having the coldest star of its day, and Theron – high off that defining moment as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road – gives it the full subzero workout. The film flicks back and forth between her Berlin adventures and the scars-apparent debrief, throwing up one delicious moment when we cut to her oblivious London boss (Toby Jones) straight after the Boutella sex scene. “So you made contact with the French operative?” he asks her, none the wiser. [...]The film is a ridiculously dressy design feast, first and foremost. Director David Leitch has form here – he was one half of the team who gave us Keanu Reeves as a soul-sick assassin in John Wick – and outdoes himself on every imaginable superficial level. The lighting scheme, all blue and pink neons bouncing off hair and glass, is pure Nicolas Winding Refn, but consistently dazzling nonetheless." (Telegraph)

"As you’d expect from the co-director of John Wick, the stunts are breathtaking, with one brutal fight shot in long, hand-held takes that roam down stairs, through an apartment and into a car chase. And while it’s not a first to see a woman battered about to this extent on screen, it is unusual. Most of Lorraine’s opponents are male, and none hold back. It would be deeply disturbing were it almost anyone but Theron; she projects such formidable badassitude that it does not for a moment read like victimisation. Broughton uses whatever is to hand, and leverages her enemies’ own momentum against them, so you believe she could hold her own." (Empire Online)


"The unique vision that Leitch, a former stuntman, brought to John Wick’s action (along with his co-director Chad Stahelski, who made the second Wick by himself) was essential to its success. Atomic Blonde is loaded with it—every sequence plays out with glorious clarity, letting the incredible stunts speak for themselves, and turning the camera into the third partner in each vicious dance. It’s electrifying to watch the camera gracefully swoop under and over and around Theron and her enemies in every new bit of hand-to-hand combat; Leitch is not a director who relies on quick cuts, or shaky handheld shots, to obscure the tougher parts of his set-pieces.

Theron, too, is magnetic as Lorraine, an icepick thrust into the frigid, deteriorating burg (pun intended) of Berlin; she’s driven by her own dark motivations that the film slowly unravels over its 115-minute running time. Leitch lights her in pink neon and tinted blue, leaning hard into the nostalgic aesthetic of his late-’80s period piece, but Theron would excel no matter how she was filmed or costumed. She’s simply got the best eyes in the business—they’re deep wells of sorrow or contempt, and depending on who she’s looking at, in this film, the only thing remotely betraying her Terminator demeanor." (The Atlantic)

"Leitch gives a couple of good tastes of his action sensibility early in the film, one involving a useful coil of garden hose. But genre fans will likely be so taken by the main event that they forget any storytelling disappointment leading up to it: A long sequence in the third act, in which Lorraine fights her way through an apartment house's stairwell, is one for the ages, a bring-the-pain endurance test in which opponents seem nearly impossible to kill. Theron punches through it with a fierceness to match Min-sik Choi in Oldboy or Matt Damon in the Bourne franchise. The more obvious comparison, of course, is with the latest, earthily violent incarnation of James Bond. As enjoyable as Atomic Blonde can be at times, its main utility may be its demonstration that Theron deserves better than this. If not a reincarnation in which James becomes "Bond, Jane Bond," then at least something with more staying power than this actioner, which looks good and gets some things right, but is as uninterested in its protagonist's personality as its generic name suggests." (The Hollywood Reporter)

From Depeche Mode, New Order to Blondie and The Cure, Atomic Blonde will keep your shoulders moving throughout the storyline. James McAvoy and John Goodman also star in the movie.

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