Atomic Blonde

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Based on the graphic novel The Coldest City, a female James Bond-type is sent on a mission during the Cold War in the action film, Atomic Blonde. MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) debriefs her MI6 boss Eric Gray (Toby Jones) and CIA Chief Emmett Kurvfeld (John Goodman) with the details of her last assignment through a series of flashbacks.  It’s 1989, just a couple weeks before the fall of the Berlin Wall and Lorraine is given an assignment in Berlin. Two MI6 agents have been killed and Lorraine is to team up with MI6 station Chief David Percival (James Mcavoy) to recover a list of double agents with compromising information.  Lorraine is an expert in hand to hand combat and it shows when she violently kills several people in the first fifteen minutes of the movie.  She is also proficient with fire arms and uses her sex appeal with a French agent named Delphine Lifalle (Sofia Bautella). (My wife said this was not your typical sex scene.) Before long Lorraine’s mission changes to eliminating a double agent that is working for Russia and yes, many more people are killed.  Be prepared – this may seem similar to James Bond films, but it’s much more raw and gritty with more violence, bad language, and sex.  Charlize Theron has been on a roll since Mad Max, Fury Road and this movie shows why action films are becoming her forte. The 80’s sound track hits the spot and blends in well with the action.  Unexpectedly, this film has some great twists and turns, but the biggest surprise is that my wife enjoyed this film more than I did.  On a very slight down side, there is no real humor in this movie and I’m not even sure why half the fights took place.  I’m giving this brutal film a B rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.  I rely more on a good story line than special effects.