Atomic Blonde is the latest in a series of fantastically imaginative action movies, alongside John Wick and the Mad Max reboot, that are helping to revive the once-stagnant genre, injecting it with stunning fight scenes, smart plot lines and A list actors.
Based on the graphic novel, The Coldest City, the movie is set on the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Charlize Theron (also from the aforementioned Mad Max) is a British spy trying to get ahold of a list of other spies from various agencies before it gets passed on to the bad guys. The cast is rounded out with John Goodman playing a CIA rep of questionable motives and James McAvoy as an even shadier fixer.
Stylistically impressive with plenty of neon and a smart ‘80s soundtrack that adds to the frenetic vibe, the movie was directed David Leitch, also responsible for John Wick. A fast-paced, complex plot that is moved along easily thanks to great acting, Atomic Blonde is a thriller with twists up to the very last moments.
Atomic Blonde/Blu Ray & DVD/115 mins./Universal Studios Home Entertainment/2017 / https://www.uphe.com/