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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) (30 July 2017)

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$47,158,045 (USA) (20 August 2017)
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Although set in 1989, the only preexisting song on the soundtrack that was released that year is "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy. All other songs were released prior to that year. See more »

Goofs

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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Lorraine Broughton: [Repeated line] Fucking hell.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Blue Monday '88
Written by Stephen Morris (as Stephen Paul David Morris), Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Gillian Gilbert (as Gillian Lesley Gilbert)
Performed by New Order
Courtesy of Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Great direction, poor script
13 September 2017 | by (Zadar, Croatia) – See all my reviews

Atomic Blonde is a spy action thriller set in Berlin in 1989 and stars Charlize Theron as this agent Lorraine who is sent to Berlin on a mission to get this list (right before the Berlin Wall comes down), but she doesn't know who to trust when she arrives there so it gets intense pretty quickly.

The problem, though, is that the plot is so bloated, so complicated (needlessly) and it wouldn't be that hard to understand if the script gave the plot some time to breathe and introduce the characters a bit more and explain the whole thing a bit further, so it doesn't turn into a convoluted mess that it is. It's not one of those movies that make you think in a good way, it just pointlessly confuses you. So many stuff to remember at once and it doesn't hold up. A lot of spy movies in general are a bit complicated, but here it's like they never bothered to explain anything, particularly the characters.

But thankfully, that's the only flaw I've had with this movie. It's a big one, for sure, but I guess we can say this movie is a lot style over substance and style is amazing. If you like neon-drenched movies with a synth pop soundtrack like I do, do yourself a favor and watch this. It's gorgeously shot and the bombastic soundtrack consisted of a lot of hits of the '80s plays a huge part in the movie. The action scenes are a thrill ride and some of the best all year. Lead actress Charlize Theron, even though there's little to her character, is such a charismatic presence that you can't help but root for her while she storms through these scenes. The whole action, mixed with the style and direction of the movie, then with an awesome soundtrack, is sure to excite you.

Still, the whole experience would be way more satisfying if we the plot was handled a bit better and we were better introduced to the characters. This way, we can say that the director did a great job, but the writer? Not so much.


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