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Charlize Theron is an undercover MI6 agent sent to Berlin during the Cold War to find a list of double agents who are being smuggled into the West. From the co-director of John Wick and co-starring James McAvoy and John Goodman. More

Charlize Theron is an undercover MI6 agent sent to Berlin during the Cold War to find a list of double agents who are being smuggled into the West. From the co-director of John Wick and co-starring James McAvoy and John Goodman.

Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is the most elite spy in MI6, an agent who's willing to use all of her lethal skills to stay alive during an impossible mission. With the Berlin Wall about to fall, she travels into the heart of the city to retrieve a priceless dossier and take down a ruthless espionage ring. Once there, she teams up with an embedded station chief to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

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Directed by David Leitch

Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, John Goodman, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Roland Møller, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson

Rated R16, Graphic violence, sex scenes, offensive language & nudity | 1:55 | Action, Mystery, Thriller |

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By Liam Maguren

If you're going into Atomic Blonde wanting a simple action film, I can guarantee you at least one moment of ass-kicking amazement that will... Read more

If you're going into Atomic Blonde wanting a simple action film, I can guarantee you at least one moment of ass-kicking amazement that will make the whole film feel like it was worth seeing. But be aware: this isn't a simple action film. It's a complicated action film that isn't very good at telling a complicated story.

David Leitch, co-director of stupendous shoot-em-up John Wick, continues the command of vicious stunts and visual style that made his and Chad Stahelski's 2014 film a violent, classy classic. Set during the fall of The Wall, he and his crew make Berlin look like a neon glow stick party (without going full Joel Schumacher). Better yet, Charlize Theron does almost all her own stunts, with the steady camera work making sure you do not question this fact.

When Theron isn't throat-punching her way out of trouble, she makes for a solid, stoic, sick-of-everyone's-shit action hero. She's often humourless, which isn't a necessity, but there isn't much that humanises her aside from a love interest - and even that relationship is kept at a distance. (It's the same reason I never fully loved James Bond.)

At least James McAvoy's there to liven things up, playing a charismatic and shifty-eyed spy embedded deep in Berlin. Unfortunately, the rest of the cast get one-note roles like Frustrated Interrogator (John Goodman), The Rookie (Sofia Boutella), Mr McGuffin (Eddie Marsan), and Some Other Spy (Bill Skarsgård).

One-note characters work for something simple like John Wick, but Atomic Blonde tries to be as complex as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. These side characters aren't deep or memorable, so when the film drops a heap of plot twists and double-/triple-crosses, it's gonna leave many either confused or not caring for the backs that got stabbed.

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THE PEOPLE’S REVIEWS (34 Ratings, 25 Reviews)
Go Charlize! 5/5 stars.

By MariaC

I really enjoyed this movie - I felt like a smash 'em up sort of movie. Most elements were covered - some epic shots and slow mo's. James McAvoy played a good... Read more

I really enjoyed this movie - I felt like a smash 'em up sort of movie. Most elements were covered - some epic shots and slow mo's. James McAvoy played a good guy/bad guy role, more bad guy. Good coverage of whatever country they were filming in! Hide
Charlize stepping up and kicking butt, so yes!! 3/5 stars.

By Alissa-Warren

Charlize is absolutely the winner here shes just a delight, not a lady I would want to mess with. John Wick's director /producer Leitch he sure does love his... Read more

Charlize is absolutely the winner here shes just a delight, not a lady I would want to mess with. John Wick's director /producer Leitch he sure does love his stunt men and women he applauds their sheer tenacity and talent and pools them into everything he does. It's a complicated little plot with 80's cold war intrigue, berlin wall and all that intriguing history wrapped up with secret agents and double, triple twists that perhaps is needlessly complicated for its own good. And there is James McAvoy mixed in too *sigh*. Far from great but if entertaining silliness is what you crave, take a seat. Hide
more heroine-inflicted casualties per minute than some war movies 2/5 stars.

By cinemusefilm

It’s strange logic to think that hyper-violent female stereotypes can make up for decades of weak or absent women in movies but that seems to be the current... Read more

It’s strange logic to think that hyper-violent female stereotypes can make up for decades of weak or absent women in movies but that seems to be the current thing. Opinions on this will differ of course, as they will about the spy-thriller Atomic Blonde (2017). If you like frenetic pace, classic noir-espionage styling, and more heroine-inflicted casualties per minute than some war movies, this one is for you. Set in 1989 against the backdrop of the imminent collapse of the Berlin Wall, the convoluted hall-of-mirrors storyline is framed as a series of flashback episodes. Heroine and M16 top spy Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is being interrogated by several bullying male superiors about an apparently failed mission to recover a microfilm list of undercover spies in Berlin. After the ultra-cool Lorraine recounts each separate phase of her mission we return to the interrogation for more questions which also help the audience make sense of it all. Narrative confusion is nothing compared to life in Berlin where nobody is what they appear to be and every spy she encounters is a double or triple-agent. The once trusted M16 operative in possession of the list has turned feral and Lorraine must get it back to London through a wall of Stasi, KGB, and French agents, and still finds time for a heart-warming lesbian encounter to show the softer side of a super spy. Along every corridor there lurks a gunman and every stairwell presents another opportunity for Lorraine to throw an enemy agent tumbling down in spectacular fashion. But who does what to whom is and why is not as important as the car chases, explosions, shootouts, and a neat finale twist that even Hitchcock would have enjoyed. While the narrative is stock-standard espionage and not a single character is vaguely likeable, the standout features of this film are the cinematography and choreography. A lot of the filming is on location in Budapest and Berlin, and the free-range camerawork is superb in capturing the frenzied atmosphere of Cold War espionage. The fight scenes are notable for more ignoble reasons: they are incessant, repetitive and possibly among the most inauthentic seen in recent times. Not only is it a stretch to see Lorraine take massive blow after blow without smudging her makeup, it can be tiresome to watch the heads of bad guys begin to turn a split second before the heroine executes another textbook martial arts strike. Many agents take a full barrel of bullets to despatch, but others keep popping up like the decapitated Monty Python knight who will not lay down. If attention wanes at any point, the ear-splitting soundtrack lifts the heartrate to required levels. As for the CGI and those bright red head explosions, don’t even ask. For many, the phrase ‘Hollywood genre films’ is not complimentary and films like this show why. Maybe filmmakers need reminding that there is more to the portrayal of strong women than making them more violent than men. The gratuitous non-stop carnage at times brings this film closer to a gore mashup than a serious spy thriller. Some people will love the action but apart from great camerawork, this writer found little to commend. Hide
Atomic Blonde 3/5 stars.

By JackWallace

An overly complicated movie that isn't as smart as it thinks it is. On a technical and visual level, ATOMIC BLONDE is outstanding. It looks f**king gorgeous.... Read more

An overly complicated movie that isn't as smart as it thinks it is. On a technical and visual level, ATOMIC BLONDE is outstanding. It looks f**king gorgeous. Beautifully shot and I loved the neon aesthetic. There's an absolutely amazing action sequence that's made to look like it was shot in one take. Charlize Theron is great. James McAvoy is disappointingly underutilized. I wasn't very engaged in the story. I feel like this would've been better as a JOHN WICK type of action movie than an espionage spy thriller (this ain't got nothing on JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, my favourite movie of 2017). Not awful, but a little disappointing. Hide
Atomic moments 3/5 stars.

By dribblestick

To start off with this movie has a great soundtrack full of the 80's finest tracks. Unfortunately I didn't find this movie too be as atomic as I had hoped.... Read more

To start off with this movie has a great soundtrack full of the 80's finest tracks. Unfortunately I didn't find this movie too be as atomic as I had hoped. There are some fantastic moments of choreographed glory, some nice little twists and plenty of good aspects but it just didn't quite hit the nights that I was hoping for Hide
Intriguing 4/5 stars.

By Steven-Melton

Good secret agent action flick, enough action to keep you watching without going over the top. Some cool music and artistic scenes with an interesting story... Read more

Good secret agent action flick, enough action to keep you watching without going over the top. Some cool music and artistic scenes with an interesting story line to keep wondering. Well worth a watch. Hide
A lot of style, a bit of substance 4/5 stars.

By samsam

This was a fun cinematic experience. With a rollicking soundtrack, an upbeat pace, and a cast that's clearly having a good time, Atomic Blonde will certainly... Read more

This was a fun cinematic experience. With a rollicking soundtrack, an upbeat pace, and a cast that's clearly having a good time, Atomic Blonde will certainly hold your attention throughout the running time. The well-directed action set-pieces are the focal point and you don't actually have to pay attention plot-wise, though there are enough twists and turns to make sure that you walk away satisfied. Hide
Enjoyable 3/5 stars.

By Alexis-Jackson

I know I shouldn't have been distracted, but Charlize Theron's bad English accent and wacky hair were really off putting, and they were the first things I... Read more

I know I shouldn't have been distracted, but Charlize Theron's bad English accent and wacky hair were really off putting, and they were the first things I saw/heard whenever she entered a room/scene. The stylization of the film was really slick and cool and it was fun to flash back to spies and tech of the 80's. I didn't appreciate the dumbed down, in your face reveal at the end- just in case you didn't get it...no really, did you get it...but the fight scenes were gnarly. Hide
Charlize rulz! 4/5 stars.

By Jeremy-Brooking

A very good action thriller with excellent casting and pretty cool sound track. The almost too real fight scenes were beautifully shot and did have me on the... Read more

A very good action thriller with excellent casting and pretty cool sound track. The almost too real fight scenes were beautifully shot and did have me on the edge of my seat at times. Theron owns this one as no-one else would. Hide
Kick Ass Movie 4/5 stars.

By Allan-Forsyth

Charlize Theron is a cross between Jason Bourne & Jack Reacher with her kicking ass in plenty of action fight scenes and car chases. The downside is that movie... Read more

Charlize Theron is a cross between Jason Bourne & Jack Reacher with her kicking ass in plenty of action fight scenes and car chases. The downside is that movie is a bit drawn out. Great 80's music. Interesting twist at the end. Hide
Adrenaline rush 5/5 stars.

By HDePuy

I loved this movie. This had it all: amazing music, cool fashion, excellent acting, kick assery, and a story to make you think!

I loved this movie. This had it all: amazing music, cool fashion, excellent acting, kick assery, and a story to make you think! Hide
Loved it 4/5 stars.

By supermaire

Pretty action packed kick ass movie!

Pretty action packed kick ass movie! Hide
Charlize kicks ass! 4/5 stars.

By Coraliee

An action packed movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat, infact I think I jumped out of it a few times! Possibly one of Charlize's best performances yet!... Read more

An action packed movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat, infact I think I jumped out of it a few times! Possibly one of Charlize's best performances yet! Two people got up and left part way through the movie, I don't know if it was because there are quite a lot of violent scenes- it's definitely not a movie for the light hearted, or possibly anyone with a pace maker! Hide
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By Geoff-Houtman

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Somerfield14 3/5 stars.

By Somerfield

I has seen the trailer for this but was actually NOT prepared for quite so much violence - sometimes it became even laughable! Music was great . Charlize would... Read more

I has seen the trailer for this but was actually NOT prepared for quite so much violence - sometimes it became even laughable! Music was great . Charlize would make an AMAZING female James Bond. Hide
Full of ice and ass-kicking 3/5 stars.

By FaithA13

Atomic Blonde has no shortage of ice. From the ice baths that recover Theron's aching and battered body to the bob of icy blonde hair she flaunts throughout the... Read more

Atomic Blonde has no shortage of ice. From the ice baths that recover Theron's aching and battered body to the bob of icy blonde hair she flaunts throughout the streets of Berlin, it serves as a perfect metaphor for the demeanour of our relentless leading lady. Set in 1989, just days before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, we are treated to an elaborate game of cat and mouse around the city, proving no one, not even her own can be trusted. Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), is a British Spy, sent to the German capital to recover stolen intelligence under the guise of returning the body of a fallen officer and former fling. The story flicks us between present day Lorraine interrogated by two senior agents (Toby Jones, John Goodman) and her prior mission back in Berlin. We watch the gory timeline unfold through her eyes - a seemingly endless cycle of getting dressed up, beat down and getting back up again. As we learn more about her surroundings, Lorraine becomes increasingly suspicious of any and every person she comes in contact with. David Percival (James McAvoy) serves as a charismatic English man-on-the-ground "gone native", providing some welcome moments of comic relief throughout their ordeals. Beyond its supporting cast, however, the film is ultimately carried by its fight scenes. Each one is an incredibly crafted, bone-crunching ordeal which had the audience squirming out of their seats in anticipation, watching on as Lorraine fights off an apparently endless stream of bad guys. Stabbing, gunfire, smashing each other with coffee tables - nothing seems to be off limits for Lorraine as she relentlessly pursues her mission. Like many spy movies that came before it, there are plot holes a plenty. It never becomes entirely clear why Lorraine is so hellbent on her destructive quest or how she ended up there. Instead, we are distracted with pretty pink neon lit hotel rooms, an electric 80s soundtrack and a random lesbian romance between Lorraine and an out of her depth French spy named Delphine. There are no doubts that Theron is capable of holding her own - her previous role as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road proved her as the reigning queen of action cinema. Regardless of its flaws, it's hard to not be seduced by Theron's sauntering moves and breathtaking action scenes. Even if did leave with the cinema with no real clue what the actual point was. Hide
4/5 stars.

By FlickerJoe

Ludicrously overdone scenes of violence, hanging on a soundtrack that, though inoffensive, fits the onscreen narrative perfectly - even despite Charlize... Read more

Ludicrously overdone scenes of violence, hanging on a soundtrack that, though inoffensive, fits the onscreen narrative perfectly - even despite Charlize Theron's cold acting, very watchable. Strong similarities to the director's previous work, notably on John Wick. Hide
4/5 stars.

By helena97

Charlize was brutal and raw, everything you want in an action. It was genuine and had a fantastic sound track

Charlize was brutal and raw, everything you want in an action. It was genuine and had a fantastic sound track Hide
Buffy for the mature audience 4/5 stars.

By greatkiwipoe

I found the fight scenes reminiscent of Tarantino's 'Kill Bill' - theatrical and brutally OTT. The Foley editors really went to town in those scenes, which was... Read more

I found the fight scenes reminiscent of Tarantino's 'Kill Bill' - theatrical and brutally OTT. The Foley editors really went to town in those scenes, which was comical at times, and it was fun to see how Charlize would get out of seemingly overwhelming odds every time. Being an older viewer, I found the sound track not to my liking, but it was definitely appropriate to time and place. (And you can never get too much Bowie.) The plot was satisfyingly twisty-turny. My partner described it as 'Die Hard' without the humour, as the protagonist got bloodier and bloodier. Overall it was a great viewing experience and I enjoyed it. Hide
Action -packed 4/5 stars.

By JPfourie

Great two hour visual feast and a blast from the past music wise. Sound was awesome as was Charlize's wardrobe! This is a winner for men and women alike.

Great two hour visual feast and a blast from the past music wise. Sound was awesome as was Charlize's wardrobe! This is a winner for men and women alike. Hide
Great Movie!! 5/5 stars.

By Bolero48

I loved everything about this movie. Sets, soundtrack and most of all Charlize Theron rocked. In fact if the Bond franchise ever decides to go for a female 007... Read more

I loved everything about this movie. Sets, soundtrack and most of all Charlize Theron rocked. In fact if the Bond franchise ever decides to go for a female 007 she would be great for the role. Highly recommended, but not for the squeamish. Hide
A great action flick loaded with brutal fight scenes. 3/5 stars.

By Potatoes

I'll be honest, the story is terribly predictable, yet at the same time utterly confusing (??) ... but it makes up for it with some mean as action scenes. In... Read more

I'll be honest, the story is terribly predictable, yet at the same time utterly confusing (??) ... but it makes up for it with some mean as action scenes. In too many films are we asked to believe that the beautiful skinny waif of a female lead could even throw a punch, let alone fight a continuous stream of killers. The beauty of Charlize and this fight choregraphy is that it does seem like she can throw a punch. You can actually believe that she could hold her own against a room full of hardened criminals. Charlize is a beast! If you're in to action spy thrillers, this is your best bet for our rubbish winter weather. Check it out if you're a lover of neck stabbing, face shooting, passionate loving, crotch whipping action. Hide
Great Action Flick 5/5 stars.

By VaughanP

I really enjoyed this movie, lots of action. The fight scenes where awesome. Would totally watch again.

I really enjoyed this movie, lots of action. The fight scenes where awesome. Would totally watch again. Hide
Fast paced action 4/5 stars.

By Karalou

Really enjoyed watching this movie courtesy of Flicks. Charlize Theron was amazing in it. Lots of twists and turns but not too complicated you cant keep up.

Really enjoyed watching this movie courtesy of Flicks. Charlize Theron was amazing in it. Lots of twists and turns but not too complicated you cant keep up. Hide
A female John Wick indeed 3/5 stars.

By adamatdramatrain

Less the explosive, non-stop action thriller the trailers would have you believe, and more a spy thriller of the Angelina Jolie as SALT variety. Enjoyable,... Read more

Less the explosive, non-stop action thriller the trailers would have you believe, and more a spy thriller of the Angelina Jolie as SALT variety. Enjoyable, especially the long-take punch-up/car-chase, but forgettable. Directed by former stunt man, David Leitch, a director on JOHN WICK, who has served as second-unit director on such blockbusting Hollywood action fare as CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, and JURASSIC WORLD. The “JOHN-WICK-but-not-a-guy” pitch is evident in the superb action set-pieces, but it’s a clichéd spy movie slog getting there. Still, Charlize Theron is highly engaging, charismatic and totally believable in the role, proving her action-movie chops yet again (as if any more proof were needed after MAD MAX: FURY ROAD). James McAvoy gives another solid performance, as do John Goodman and the ubiquitous Toby Jones as the CIA and MI6 suits. Eddie Marsan shows up in a moustache, and then without it, in a pretty two-dimensional “defecting Commie” role, and Sofia Boutella (of KINGSMAN fame, only this time with her legs intact), plays Theron’s French love interest. The 1989 Berlin setting allows for an interesting backdrop, with The Wall about to fall, and a bouncy late-Eighties soundtrack has everything from New Order, David Bowie, Depeche Mode and Nena’s bloody ‘99 Luftballons’ thrown in for good measure. At one point, a TV talking head talks of the year’s most controversial music fashion: “Sampling. Art or stealing?” Maybe that’s the director ironically acknowledging that ATOMIC BLONDE is nothing if not completely unoriginal. A fight, silhouetted by a screening of Tarkovsky’s STALKER, is um “borrowed” direct from the Bond movie SKYFALL, and most of the movie, bathed in blues and gold, oranges and neon lights in heavy rain, looks like those scenes in THE MATRIX when Neo and co. are in The Matrix. You know, the uber-cool, neo-noir city where everyone’s a supermodel dressed in cool clothing and shades. Talking of fashion, where does Charlize get all those amazing retro clothes? For a secret agent, she must shop in the same upmarket, high-end fashion outlets that James Bond frequents… Everything looks as cool as an early Nineties MTV music video, the action scenes are wonderful, with one seeming single-take fight clearly taking inspiration from Tony Jaa’s in THE PROTECTOR, before getting in a car and doing that amazing long-take, vehicular chase from CHILDREN OF MEN. Kurt Johnstad’s script (adapted from Antony Johnston and Sam Hart’s 2012 graphic novel, THE COLDEST CITY), is overly complex, and the movie thinks it’s way smarter than it is (certainly for anyone who’s seen the aforementioned SALT). Still, the whole thing looks cool, sounds cool, and contains some kick-ass action scenes. Fun while it lasts, but for anyone sick of Hollywood’s “male gaze”, with the camera as voyeur, ogling women, treating them as objects - watching Theron bathe naked, or make out with her female lover, isn’t going to restore your faith in cinema. At least when Theron fights, she and her opponents get bloody, bruised and bashed, and even exhausted and out-of-breath mid-rumble. It’s amazing how refreshing it is to see an action hero actually carry the results of their heroics on their body, and it’s not been this well done since Bruce picked glass shards out of his naked feet in DIE HARD. Sadly, this is no DIE HARD, but it is a good-looking blast for action fans. A female JOHN WICK indeed. Hide
CRITICS REVIEW
Stuff.co.nz (Sarah Watt)

Turns out to be nothing more than a series of sometimes visually impressive, but perpetually banal sequences...

Turns out to be nothing more than a series of sometimes visually impressive, but perpetually banal sequences... Hide
Vulture

You don't go to operas for dancing or ballets for singing, and you don't see Atomic Blonde for anything but a badass female protagonist crunching bones and... Read more

You don't go to operas for dancing or ballets for singing, and you don't see Atomic Blonde for anything but a badass female protagonist crunching bones and pulping faces in gratifyingly long takes or remarkable simulations thereof. Hide
Los Angeles Times

"Atomic Blonde" may be a delirious exercise in outré nonsense, but it can also be a brutally effective action picture when the inspiration strikes.

"Atomic Blonde" may be a delirious exercise in outré nonsense, but it can also be a brutally effective action picture when the inspiration strikes. Hide
New York Times

Lorraine punches and is punched, and her body is soon mapped by bruises and abrasions. It's a lot of abuse for such puny returns, even if the fights are the... Read more

Lorraine punches and is punched, and her body is soon mapped by bruises and abrasions. It's a lot of abuse for such puny returns, even if the fights are the best parts of "Atomic Blonde." Hide
Variety (USA)

So much uncut hardboiled posturing proves exhausting over a nearly two-hour runtime, and with zero emotional stakes and a plot that is both difficult and... Read more

So much uncut hardboiled posturing proves exhausting over a nearly two-hour runtime, and with zero emotional stakes and a plot that is both difficult and seemingly pointless to follow, there's a fundamental emptiness behind all the flash. Hide
Hollywood Reporter

As enjoyable as Atomic Blonde can be at times, its main utility may be its demonstration that Theron deserves better than this.

As enjoyable as Atomic Blonde can be at times, its main utility may be its demonstration that Theron deserves better than this. Hide
Rolling Stone

Theron, who did most of her own martial-arts stunts, is pure bruising poetry in motion. She's a stone-cold badass. How can you resist?

Theron, who did most of her own martial-arts stunts, is pure bruising poetry in motion. She's a stone-cold badass. How can you resist? Hide

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