808. Atomic Blonde

Title: Atomic Blonde
Director: David Leitch
Year: 2017
Run time: 1hr 55m

“Oscar®-winner Charlize Theron stars as elite MI6’s most lethal assassin and the crown jewel of her Majesty’s secret intelligence service, Lorraine Broughton. When she’s sent on a covert mission into Cold War Berlin, she must use all of the spycraft, sensuality and savagery she has to stay alive in the ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors. Broughton must navigate her way through a deadly game of spies to recover a priceless dossier while fighting ferocious killers along the way in this breakneck action-thriller from director David Leitch (John Wick).”

Live blog

3:28 – That’s one hell of an ice bath.
5:54 – Loving the eighties music.
9:24 – Great debrief. “Berlin. F*****k.”
12:18 – Native. Feral. These are just words for ROGUE.
16:00 – Zentral Flughafen. Love it.
17:57 – “Don’t shoot, I’ve got your shoe.”
32:56 – Curious why he has a hose pipe in his flat, but still, epic fight prop.
35:42 – “Saving the world is cool and all that but my main objective is staying alive.”
40:16 – Hoffman shoutout!
42:55 – Lorraine does good coat.
53:25 – That’s a new euphemism for it. Made contact.
1:09:55 – She’s awesome. Great umbrella tactic.
1:16:18 – Love how unconventional all the fighting is.
1:33:47 – Is Luftballons the only German song they have rights to?
1:41:44 – “You’ll start the next decade well rested.” I wish!

Conclusions

This was a refreshing take on the spy genre films, firstly because of the awesome setting – eighties music over a shot of grim eighties cars in a soon-to-be-reunited Germany? That’s already fascinating. But also because the unique take on the spy character that Charlize portrayed – firstly being half the size of most of her assailants, she had to use ingenuity and a lot of the props around her as weapons, which added to the drama. And then also because she so clearly showed injuries. Starting a film in an ice bath with so many bruises is like the complete opposite of James Bond.

I’ll confess to getting a bit confused at the end. Double crossing upon double crossing is too much for my brain, but I followed most of it and really enjoyed it. She was awesome, and the fresh take on the genre was really uplifting.

Rating: 4/5.