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Atomic Blonde (2017)

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An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

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The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. Written by Focus Features

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Rated R for sequences of strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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28 July 2017 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,286,420 (USA) (28 July 2017)

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$47,158,045 (USA) (18 August 2017)
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This is the second film to feature Til Schweiger and play the song "Cat People" by David Bowie. The first was Inglourious Basterds (2009). Both films play "Cat People" while a woman looks in the mirror and applies makeup. Both films are about fictional military plots circling around actual historical events. See more »

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Lorraine Broughton mentioned that she met the group of KGB agents near "Palast der Republik". The place she really met was the cinema (as seen in the movie) "Kino International" more than 1.2km/0.75 miles away from the former "Palast der Republik". Since the "Kino International" ("Cinema International") was a famous one, every local would known exactly where that was. See more »

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David Percival: You can't un-fuck what's been fucked.
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Charlize Theron showcase.
19 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ever heard of 'John Wick'? Yeah, well this is 'John Wick' except John Wick is a girl and it's set in Russia. The interesting thing is that this isn't exactly a bad thing. I actually want to see more movies like 'John Wick'. I want to see the quick cutting and shaky cam action go away. And this film along with the 'Wick' movies will hopefully push more action in that direction. When I was watching this movie all I could think during the action scenes was how great they looked and how nice it was to be able to see what was happening. Then I switched over to the 'Taken' films and was immediately met with the worst headache of my life simply because the film was so nauseating to watch when compared to 'Atomic Blonde'.

The action is easily the highlight of the film. Every single sequence was thrilling and brutal. But what makes this stand out in the action genre is that this isn't just a shoot 'em up type of flick. In multiple scenes, the environment is used to Theron's advantage. Pots, pans, fridges, hoses, ovens, the list goes on and on. Doing this makes the action feel more visceral and real because it looks as if she's improvising.

Speaking of our main character, Charlize Theron is awesome in this film. She is so cool and collected while kicking the crap out of anyone and everyone. If this marks a new wave of action films for her I would not be disappointed. I mean the things she pulls off in this movie would be exhausting for a stuntman but she does it without breaking a sweat. Aside from her we also have James McAvoy and Sofia Boutella in leading roles and they do a good enough job.

Neither really standout because they honestly don't do much, especially when compared to Theron. This is a shortcoming with the other leads in this movie is what signaled to me pretty early what I was getting into. While the film is certainly well shot and well choreographed, it feels like a rookie effort as far as storytelling goes. Specifically in its nonlinear approach.

The film is told as Theron relays a series of events to her spy superiors who want to know what happened in Berlin. As she tells the story we get a series of flashbacks detailing the events of her operation. This style of story works very well with certain films like 'Usual Suspects' where we get a series of secrets revealed through the nonlinear nature. Here all it does it continually tell me that Theron makes it out of every single encounter she has. The second she starts knocking people around there's a little voice in the back of my head telling me she'll be fine.

It's sad to say but the way the film is structured completely and totally cripples it. If you know ahead of time that the main character is going to make it out of a brutal fight it's hard to get invested in it. Sure it's well done and fun to watch but the tension is completely gone. There's never a point in the film where I cared about what was happening. Not only because of the storytelling but because of the story itself.

The story is probably more simplistic than most action movies but it's also one of the more convoluted. There is so much going on and so much to keep track of that I often found myself lost, wondering why or what was happening. There are so many side characters and side stories to keep in line that It's nearly impossible not to get them crossed in the wrong way. You'll be thinking one thing is happening then a voice over will tell you that something else entirely is.

It's difficult to put my finger on how much I liked this movie. It's often overly convoluted and trying too hard with spray paint like text popping up on the screen every now and again. This feels like an unfinished film. It feels like a grim R rated movie that was changed at the last second to be lighthearted. But the R rated script is still there, so it too often clashes with itself with an overuse of pop songs and an under use of interesting visuals. However, the traditional shooting style, action, and Theron's performance are just enough to keep this film afloat.


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