A volatile atmosphere surrounds the city of Berlin just before the fall of the Berlin wall in 1980’s, this is where a highly sought-after piece of microfilm containing a list of double agents is located. M16 agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is sent to Berlin to retrieve the microfilm and investigate the death of another agent. Her main contact and fellow agent is David Percival (James McAvoy). In her mission to reveal “Satchel” a double agent who has been selling information to the Soviets, Lorraine cannot trust anyone.
The plot of this action spy thriller feels empty and at times hard to follow, it is virtually impossible to form any type of attachment or empathy to protagonist Lorraine as director Leitch seems uninterested in providing any sort of background information or developing relationships. Leitch’s main concern is creating an excessive, extravagant spectacle, which he succeeds greatly in. From the opening credits, straight to the closing the luscious style and aesthetics of this film take over. The neon lighting, costumes and epically choreographed fight scenes (which makes Bond look inoffensive) are worth the watch alone. While the plot leaves a lot to be desired on a superficial level this film is a must see.
Also making up from the somewhat idle plot is the films soundtrack consisting of 80’s songs and covers of 80’s songs which include Nena’s “99 Luftballons” and A Flock Of Seagull’s “I Ran (So Far Away).” These not only work to complement the setting and the time but intensify the already over-dramatic action sequences.
Atomic Blonde is receiving praise for redefining the “chick flick” genre. Lorraine is a character not tied to any past stereotypes and this new badass, strong, and capable representation of women is appealing to females across the globe. While the lack of background information on Lorraine makes it hard to relate to her it also presents audiences with a female character who does not have to justify her reasons for leading the life she leads which is refreshing to see.
Atomic Blonde is in cinemas nationwide from the 7nd August