If seeing and routing for a tough female lead kicking butt seriously is your thing then Atomic Blonde is the picture for you. I’ve always enjoyed pictures with tough women battling it out like in the Fast and Furious films or seeing UFC champion Ronda Rousey kick serious butt through male tough guys in the Expendables or Gal Godot as the new Wonder Woman and now Charlize Theron as Lorraine Broughton a rough, tough, cigarette smoking American spy with the CIA working with British Spy organization MI6 against the Russians. She is an agent who is strong, proudly feminine and tough as nails. The film takes place in 1989 at the fall of the Berlin wall.
She’s on a mission to retrieve a crucial document from a fellow agent who’s gone native while on assignment in East Berlin. The plot is pretty basic in order to hang on all the action sequences which sees her teaming up with the agent David Percival to rescue an informant known as “spyglass’” who’s in possession of a list of double agents before Soviet baddies can get him. Got that?
Although she is very adept at fighting four guys at once and beating the crap out of them like a human cyborg out of control, I thought the first hour with the exception of a few excellent fight sequences, one with along rope which she flails around like Wonder Woman, was very long and drawn out. Her character, to me anyway, seemed very cold and unemotional and one dimensional. This first hour seemed more of a vehicle for Charlene to expose her eroticism with her sexy, black fishnet and garter outfits and sexy breathy voice and is told to MI6 agents in flashbacks.
It wasn’t until the second hour when things really start to pick up especially with a knock down, dragged out fight with Russian agents with her shooting bad guys in the head, bashing them against walls as they do the same to her causing blood splattered walls and all over her as well including her bright blonde hair. I didn’t think it was as violent as some reviews said and I thought there could have been more action and less talking to move it along faster.
Her character is based on a graphic novel piece called the Coldest City and paves the way for a possible series being a female James Bond character. In the novel Lorranne is seduced by a male French agent, but in the movie they decided to gender switch it and have the agent a female and they have a tastefully done sex scene obviously done to reach a modern audience. Says the film’s director David Leitch: “The relationship was flipped before I came onboard. It was a great idea. You always have to find ways to contemporize these stories, reach bigger audiences and be provocative in your storytelling.” He may be right, but I respectfully decline here.
Overall plot wise it is a good spy vs.spy vs. spy movie with some very good choreographed fight scenes. I understand Charlene has been trained to do many of her own stunts too and she is very erotic to watch and listen to when she does talk.