Atomic Blonde

2 out of 5 stars

Cast: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, John Goodman

Director:  David Leicht

Synopsis: An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.


Atomic Blonde is basically a female version of John Wick, but seems to pale in comparison. Charlize Theron gives one of her best performances in her entire career though, along with a great cast who all pull their weight.

The story is set during the Cold War, which gives the film a dull, and bland feel with dingy but impressive cinematography that works in it’s favour to create a great looking film.

This movie is obviously being compared to John Wick with explosive action, and badass lead characters, who we’ll hopefully see together at some point if Atomic Blonde kicks off multiple sequels (which is highly possible).

The action choreography was entertaining and intense with violent and bloody sequences that are gritty and adrenaline pumped. If your looking to be entertained for 2 hours then this may be the film for you!

However the direction was quite poor, with a structure that was hard to follow as it was extremely jumpy and incoherent. The overkill of language and sex/nudity made the experience awkward to watch with other people, which is a shame as there was plenty of potential, with a chance of being one of the best films of the year!

The soundtrack was quirky and unique, much like the soundtrack to Drive, which favoured in modern techno music, which fit the film well, like the case with this movie.

Overall, Atomic Blonde was a huge disappointment, but still action packed and very enjoyable, but had unnecessary attributes that overshadowed what could of been an excellent espionage thriller, as it had a lot of potential. Still, I’d love to see a sequel.