Atomic Blonde promised one thing. A Sexy Charlize Theron shooting bad guys in the face as a mash up of Jason Bourne and James Bond. Doing all of that whilst getting it on with women instead of a male lover. It’s pretty obvious that this movie is guided towards a largely male audience but heck, even the girls will turn up for this one too. A female in a leading role, kicking ass and taking names. All of this should excite anyone who enjoys watching R-rated action films and beautiful women fooling around with other beautiful women.
The film is based on the 2012 graphic novel by Sam Hart and Antony Johnston, and there’s certainly a neo-superhero vibe to the entire piece. As you can tell from the trailer some of her moves alone just scream superhero. Her death defying leaps, stunts and swagger. Very similar to the ass kicking machine gun leads in Keanu Reeves (John Wick 2) and Iko Uwais (The Raid).
The plot revolves around a list of undercover operatives who go missing and bodies start to fall. This tried and tested plot is freshed up somewhat by wild and sexy scenary. The action is wild, the set pieces are wild, Theron and James McAvoy‘s character are wild. Everything that is supporting Charlize’s ass kicking frenzy is top drawer.
The film runs at a lightning quick pace. All areas are covered here and everyone gets a chance to show off their skills whether it be visual, audio, set design or cinematography. The film reportedly on cost $30 million which for a studio flick is essentially shoestring. Charlize spent years developing this project herself and you can see the dedication and effort it took to create this uniquely twisted tale. A stand out moment for me would be the one-take fight that lasts around ten minutes long. Ten minutes of ass kicking that needs to be seen to be believed.
It’s an incredibly well designed movie. It’s time to sit back and escape in a world of sexy meets crazy. Take a walk on the wild size and explore Atomic Blonde.