Atomic Blonde: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara 

The film is set before the fall of the Berlin Wall where MI-6 agent LorraineBroughton (Charlize Theron) is deployed to Berlin to complete a dangerous mission. She must retrieve a secret list that contains names of foreign agents throughout the region. She also needs to team-up with British agent David Percival (James McAvoy) to find the list before it falls to the wrong hands that will jeopardize their entire operation. 

You can't simply take away that Atomic Blonde is a classy action thriller.  It is a stylish flick that is savored with nerve-racking fight scenes that are choreographed well. However, please don't expect that Atomic Blonde is like John Wick when it comes to action and body count because it is not. It is comparable to some aspects but in overall entertainment factor, Atomic Blonde needs a lot more spark in it. Another thing is that MTRCB trimmed some of the good bits, especially on the violent and sexy part. 

Charlize Theron continues to impress in her projects, and surely she deserves a special recognition in here with this role. She is stunning, and I hope that she can have an action trilogy of her own in the future. I love the way she plays as she has the swag that is perfect for a female heroine. She is joined by James McAvoy, who I think also did a great job in this one. After impressing the critics in Split, McAvoy returns with another remarkable performance.

The problem with Atomic Blonde is the story and its pacing. It inconsistently boils the excitement as the film allows the dullness to kick in. There are some parts that are actually a snooze fest and you might wish that it just sticks to a run and gun style of pace. 

Overall, Atomic Blonde is a beauty because of Charlize Theron, but you can't simply take away the fact that the material is also a bit off at some point. It is enjoyable yet feels half-baked as I can't really savor everything they have offered on the screen. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 6 out of 10 stars

Cast: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman

Directed by: David Leitch
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
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