So it turns out MI6 has been hiding a spy that is (gasp) better than Bond. And the best part is that it is a woman. Are we shocked that they have been hiding their best agent from us? No. Especially seeing how, you know, she’s a spy and all.
Directed by David Leitch for Focus Features and rated R, Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron as Agent Lorraine Broughton, James McAvoy as Agent David Percival, John Goodman as Emmet Kurtzfeld and Eddie Marsan as Spyglass. With this calibre of star quality, you can be sure you’ll be taken behind the curtain right before the fall of the Berlin Wall, with absolute quality and intrigue.
Set when the cold war was just about over, Lorraine Broughton is sent in as an undercover top agent to Berlin to investigate a fellow agent’s murder and retrieve a list that everyone wants to get their hands on. Little does she know that she has been sent straight into “the hornet’s nest” where she was doomed from the very on set.With supporting cast being just as dynamic, electrifying and prolific, Atomic Blonde will take you on a journey like no other spy movie. With a handful of twists and turns, it will keep you chasing your own tail up until the last beat. The legendary James McAvoy is brilliantly eccentric and with him being the perfect antagonist, you can expect an impactful performance from him as Agent David Percival.
The ultimate #tbt movie with it being unapologetically 80s, complete with Boomboxes, neon signs and the sound of Queen in their golden yesteryears, you will be taken back and truly appreciate the era that brought us pop-rock, technology like never before, and studded leather jackets. One of the things we really appreciated about this film besides the detail (like seeing an old-school Tetris game being played on a massive IBM vintage computer), is how impeccable it was shot with the theme, scene and music all being completely in sync with transitions that will whisk you away with them.
It is easy to see that this is a David Leitch movie- more so as Agent Lorraine Broughton possess (or less) the same charm, fighting skills, intensity and resourcefulness as John Wick does. The bombshell babe from Benoni even trained with Keanu Reeves (moviepilot.com). One could even go as far as to say that John Wick is Atomic Blonde’s sensei. This is definitely not a bad thing and we look forward to the day when the student surpasses the master.
Atomic Blonde is raw, messy and realistic- and quite frankly we are hoping it turns into a franchise.
It is evident that female action heroes have finally arrived, and we are quite excited to see what more they have in-store for us.
Be sure to end this women’s month by watching a quintessential South African woman kick some serious a** at all Ster-Kinekor cinemas on 18 August 2017.
Forget James Bond- it is time for Atomic Blonde.