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Atomic Blonde


Autumn, 1989: M16 agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is sent to Berlin to investigate the murder of her colleague and former lover. He tried to prevent a list of all the western Agents from falling into the hands of the KGB. No one knows where “the list“ is, but Lorraine‘s contacts in Berlin, David Percival (James McAvoy) knows a Stasi man wanting to defect claiming to have it all in his head. What makes things more complicated is that a west-Berlin network has a double agent who arranged a Russian welcome committee for Lorraine. Who can you trust in this snake-pit where agents receive stolen goods as extra income and where everyone seems to be playing two sides at least? Ten days and a fall of a Wall later, Lorraine sits in her boss‘s office and talks about how she got all of those many wounds.

The agent‘s intrigue and the search for the mole are the weakest parts of ATOMIC BLONDE. The film is ambitious and wants to weave a complex web of betrayal and double-betrayals, but the last third becomes very confusing. But that‘s not so crucial: what‘s more important is that Charlize Theron, under the direction of David Leitch (JOHN WICK), is expanding her profile as an action star. Whether it‘s behind the wheel of a Trabant or in brutal hand-to-hand combat: this is a woman that Mr. Bourne and Mr.Wick should beware of. Bond‘s legacy can be seen in her abundant vodka consumption and a long sex scene with a French female agent. The highly stylized images, that are more akin to the interiors of BLADE RUNNER than divided Berlin, and the many (western) hits from the 80s on the soundtrack make it clear that this film is mainly concerned with fun, sex, and action and that the historical background isn‘t so relevant.
And don‘t worry: David Hasselhoff doesn‘t sing and Til Schweiger only has a small role.

Christian Klose

Translation: Elinor Lewy


USA 2017, 115 min
Genre: Agentenfilm, Action, Thriller, Crime Drama
Director: David Leitch
Author: Kurt Johnstad
DOP: Jonathan Sela
Montage: Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir
Distributor: Universal Pictures International Germany
Cast: Charlize Theron, Eddie Marsan, John Goodman, James McAvoy, Toby Jones, Sofia Boutella
FSK: 16
Release: 24.08.2017




  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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