Atomic Blonde Review
In any other film, Atomic Blonde’s rock ‘n roll attitude and flippant disinterest in the actual facts surrounding its historical backdrop might have been seriously damaging. But Atomic Blonde has Charlize Theron as MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton, who kicks more ass than any other character this year, including even Keanu Reeves’ John Wick. That might be considered an overstatement if it weren’t for the fact that Atomic Blonde is directed by original John Wick co-director, David Leitch, who brings to life here the same keen visual eye for stylish, propulsive fight scenes and creating graphic novel-like visuals as he did in that 2014 film.
From its opening seconds, Atomic Blonde lets you know what kind of a movie it is. Set in East Berlin in 1989 with only a few more days to go until the Berlin Wall is torn down, the film opens with raw footage of President Ronald Reagan making his famous speech in front of the wall. But then the footage is cut short, with a couple lines of text explaining the historical significance of the time, before all of the words are quickly covered in neon-green spray paint, proclaiming, “This is not that story.”