Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Atomic Blonde isn’t the film the trailer has you think. Less knock about 80’s spy romp with a hint of Roger Moore’s Bond, more hardcore spy thriller with sex, violence and action that puts this film on par with the likes of a John Wick (Think 007’s Licence To Kill). The other thing to note about Atomic Blonde (other than a cracking central performance by Theron and it’s sumptuous hyper stylised 80’s Berlin ) is that it’s also oddly paced. At times I found myself drifting off a bit, waiting for the next ‘thing’ to happen as the plot searched from one twist to the next. That said when they do, such as the 7 minute staircase fight, they are often breathtaking with Atomic Blonde delivering some of the best action seen on screen this year. It’s brutal, at times frustrating, at others exciting and layers in far too many plot turns for you to care by the end. BUT it’s also unique and well worth a watch.
Best Bit: THAT fight sequence
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: John Wick, La Femme Nikita, Licence To Kill, Mad Max Fury Road