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Atomic Blonde: Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Atomic Blonde: Movie review by Rouén Robinson
Aug 31, 2017 - 2:40:40 PM

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Atomic Blonde

This movie does not have a tagline. A top level spy for the British government must go to a foreign European country to recover the body an undercover agent killed in the line of duty. While there she is tasked with uncovering the circumstances surrounding his death while working with another British agent with questionable motives for helping her find the truth.

Lorraine Broughton is an elite MI6 agent sent to Berlin during the fall of the Berlin Wall to recover a list of international spy identities before it is sold to the Russian government. Spyglass is a Stasi defector who stole the List and memorized it so he could use the information as leverage to be safely smuggled out of the country by the British operative. Delphine Lasalle is an undercover French agent newly stationed in Berlin who forms a bond with Lorraine, but is unprepared for the danger connected to her current assignment. David Percival is a Berlin station chief who is an MI6 agent tasked with cooperating with Lorraine to get the list and uncover the identity of the double agent Satchel who has been leaking info.

Atomic Blonde is a strong take on the spy thriller genre with a style that makes its 80’s setting a reason for some really impressive action sequences. This is an interesting take on the black and white graphic novel The Coldest City but the liberties it takes help to make the story more cinematic in my humble opinion. Charlize Theron truly owns every single action scene she is a part of in this movie and James McAvoy gives a great layered performance as the spy who has gone native in the post he was assigned. David Leitch has proved in this film that he is a competent director on his own and I am looking forward to seeing how he handles directing Deadpool 2. The soundtrack of this film should be mentioned as a key element in reminding us that this story takes place in 1989 and the songs help add depth to some of the more intricately choreographed action set pieces. This movie brought to mind espionage movies like Gotcha! , Back To The U.S.S.R, The Bourne Identity and From Paris With Love. I rate this movie a rating of 4 out of 5.   

See other reviews by Rouén HERE.

Rouén Robinson has been an avid moviegoer since childhood and has been critiquing motion pictures for almost a decade. He has been a film critic for The Cinemas on Tempo and was a judge for FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island, an off shoot of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). Rouén lives in Grand Bahama and can be reached at redr1976@icloud.com and on Twitter @thereelrouen

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