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Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

Atomic Blonde

Focus Features, 87Eleven, Closed on Mondays Entertainment, Denver and Delilah Productions, Sierra Pictures and T.G.I.M Films present an R rated, 115 minute, Action, Mystery, Thriller, directed by David Leitch, screenplay by Kurt Johnstad and based on the Oni Press graphic novel series “The Coldest City” written by Antony Johnston with a theater release date of July 28, 2017.


A special MI6 agent, Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), is sent into Berlin during the Cold War in 1989 during the time when they were about to tear down the wall. Her mission was to investigate the murder of one of her associates and uncover a list of double agents that every other country is after as well. While under interrogation by her boss Chief C (James Faulkner) and agents Emmett Kursfeld (John Goodman) and Eric Gray (Toby Jones) Blonde is telling her story of what happened in Berlin from the very beginning.

We learn from David Percival (James McAvoy) while in East Berlin that there is a list that was taken from the murdered agent James Gasciogne (Sam Hargrave) but no one is certain in whose hands it is in at this moment. One interesting factor though, Spyglass (Eddie Marsan) who originally had the list but had given it to Gasciogne before his death has memorized every double agent on the list. So not only is the list wanted but as soon as others find out about Spyglass he will be wanted as well. When Blonde arrives in West Berlin she is not exactly greeted cordially and Percival is late. She is told by her Chief not to trust anyone so she definitely has her guard up and notices that a young woman seems to be following her. We later learn the identity of Delphine Lasalle (Sofia Boutella) and just how well she fits into this mystery and for that matter the personal life of Blonde.

Danger lurks around every corner for Blonde whether from Aleksander Bremovych (Roland Moller), Yuri Bakhtin (Johnannes Haukur Johannesson) or so many other agents from other countries. They all have one goal, to kill Spyglass who she is trying to smuggle out of Berlin and retrieve the same watchful list that she is in search of as well. There is one man she seems to trust and that would be Merkel (Bill Skarsgard) but the Watchmaker (Til Schweiger) lends his knowledge where needed as well. When she learns that the KGB knows everything her goal to save Spyglass and his family and return to headquarters with the list seems impossible. It becomes time for her to step up her game realizing that the world is run on secrets. The only way to win is to deceive the deceiver and once back in Paris this story of twists and turns take yet another chilling move of deception.

The film is wonderfully directed and written for the most part but there are a few slip ups that I thought could have played out better. As for the writing it is quite good and if you don’t pay attention you could become lost but I think a few less twists would have shortened the story a few minutes which would not have hurt. I know some fans may complain about the fight scenes that they could have been more pronounced but I found them to be more real unlike that of a super-hero. I mean Theron can definitely kick ass in this film and does it quite well yet she can also look very seductive and gorgeous especially as a blonde. The cinematography is superb and the music played throughout the film is phenomenal which means it will have a great soundtrack if you liked the 80’s music. Who doesn’t! Overall this film will keep your attention but remember not to blink since you may lose your way a bit.

Theron like I said earlier is awesome and can most definitely lead a film as an action star. When she wants to look amazingly sexy and beautiful she can but when she wants to be rough and tough and blow the house down she has no issues in doing so. McAvoy is also one to watch since Theron and he are good partners together. Boutella brings some erotic sex scenes to her role and as for Goodman, Jones and Faulkner they help to add content. Marsan tries to bring a little levity with his character but jokes and humor are far and in between in this fight against time. Overall all the extras and supporting cast especially the fight scene characters are high octane kick some butt actors that really know how to take abuse from a gorgeous blonde named Lorraine. As for the animals used in this film I did see some Dobermans used in the subways of Berlin with military personnel. Albeit in the end I enjoyed the film that tends to have a very realness to it especially that of Theron but it just did not meet all my expectations to deserve a 4 for 4.

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