Atomic Blonde – Based on The Coldest City – Review

So as with a lot of the graphic novel adaptations, Atomic Blonde is one that I haven’t read the novel which the movie is based on, in this case, The Coldest City, so I went into the movie with a little knowledge of the story, but not too much.

In 1989, before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, MI6 agent James Gasciogne is shot and killed by KGB agent Yuri Bakhtin, who steals the List, a piece of microfilm concealed in a wristwatch that contains the names of every active field agent in the Soviet Union. Ten days later, Lorraine Broughton, a top-level spy for MI6, is brought in to be interrogated by MI6 executive Eric Gray and CIA agent Emmett Kurzfeld about her mission to Berlin. – Wikipedia

Don’t be put off by the idea that this is another graphic novel adaptation and that you must know the book, you don’t, this is a movie that certainly keeps your attention during its non-stop action, plot twists, sexual scenes and the fantastic soundtrack that blasts out throughout Atomic Blonde.

Charlize Theron looks good on the screen, in her late 80s style outfits and her blonde hair to show that she is the Atomic Blonde, as she goes through the movie kicking ass and showing that not only Wonder Woman can come along and show the action heroes that there is plenty of room for action heroines in today’s movies.

Atomic Blonde (2017) Charlize Theron (JONATHAN PRIME/FOCUS FEATURES)

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Charlize Theron (JONATHAN PRIME/FOCUS FEATURES)

As I mentioned earlier, Atomic Blonde is full of action, the fight sequences that not only looks amazing but the sound mix for the punches, kicks and gun battles work so well, with the surround sound being used as it should be used with ricocheting bullets and explosions.

But it’s not all fight sequences, this is a movie that has you thinking one thing about the characters and then comes along and slaps you hard in the face with a twist in the story, giving you even more of a reason to sit there and find out what is happening, why is Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) in interrogation, are the other characters really who we first thought they are and is there so much more to what’s happening.

Is Percival (James McAvoy) all that he seems! His character certainly had me thinking throughout the film from the moment that he came on to the screen, donning a hairstyle similar to that of his characters in Split, he comes across as a character that wouldn’t look out of place in Split.

Oh and then there’s the sex scene, I’m not going to go into that for various reasons, we like to keep it clean here on Blazing Minds, suffice to say they don’t really hold back that much for the imagination, very saucy for a 15 rated movie, but nicely shot (now that doesn’t sound right lol).

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I can’t forget to mention the other cast that are in the Atomic Blonde that brings their talents to the feel of the movie including the superb Toby Jones as he questions Broughton along with the amazing John Goodman, two very talented actors that worked great together on the screen, I’d love to see these two work together again at some point.

Eddie Marsden (River) puts on a good performance as Spyglass who has the all important “list” memorised and is looking to defect from Berlin.

This is a spy thriller with a difference, it’s not your slow burning movie that doesn’t really have anything happening, Atomic Blonde is a spy action thriller, a movie that may split up the fans of the graphic novel, I can;t say anything about that as I haven’t read the book yet!

But is a movie that director, David Leitch, in his first major directorial movie has done a great job with an exciting action movie with some serious kick ass scenes. I’m certainly looking forward to his style when his next directed movie comes out in 2018, a movie called … Deadpool 2!

Karen Woodham
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