When I first heard about Atomic Blonde, I was excited. There aren’t that many films with kick-ass female leads. Charlize Theron plays Lorraine, an MI6 agent who is sent to Berlin to assassinate a double agent whose identity is only known as ‘Satchel’. The film is non-linear and switches between the mission and Lorraine’s debriefing session post-mission.
Atomic Blonde is a good film, but not without its flaws. Whilst the cinematography, lighting and fashion are stylish and creative, the plot is quite shallow. We know that Lorraine is a field agent, but we don’t know anything else about her. There is no depth to her character. She just has a goal and kicks-ass whilst trying to achieve it. Whilst this may be on purpose to create a sense of mystery, I did not feel invested in her character or anyone else’s in the film. If anything, I feel like the plot twist went over my head. With mysteries, you’re meant to be mind-blown by the big reveal at the end. For me, this did not happen in the slightest and felt more like an afterthought.
What Atomic Blonde lacks in plot however, it makes up for in action. The fight scenes are so impressively choreographed and accomplished that you’ll forgive the movie for being a little light on the storyline. It is Charlize Theron that is amazing. And if you want to see epic fight sequences and a woman kick-butt, then this is the film for you. Oh, and it has a pretty sweet soundtrack too.