Atomic Blonde

Published February 10, 2018

Atomic Blonde

Film info

  • Title Atomic Blonde
  • Director David Leitch
  • Year 2017
  • Run time 1hr 55m
  • Genres Action, Thriller
  • Tagline Talents can be overrated

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

Time Comment
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!


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.

Rating: 4 / 5

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