No Wallflower
Atomic Blonde
Review by Ross Anthony

Mixed review here. I'm a fan of Charlize Theron, and I liked the pulpy gritty way they're setting her up here. That said, I was not knocked out by her performance, though if I was a male stunt actor in this film I certainly would have been. She plays the character almost emotionless, certainly charmless, and with limited dialogue I guess the hope is that she'll be stunning visually enough to compensate. I wouldn't say "stunning," but interesting and I greatly appreciated the gritty unglamor she endures and displays.

The plot is a bit confusing, but doesn't feel worth trying to figure out anyway. It's just some twisty turny vehicle upon which to hang what the film does best fight scenes and stylish cinematography. In fact, there's a 10-15 minute chase/fight sequence nearer to the end that is fantastic. It kept my eyes wide open, my jaw down, and my breath a bit taken. Within that sequence is a fight scene on a stairway that awed me. The camera swims in and out of the skirmish narrowly dodging falling bodies. How did they do that?! I want to know!

Berlin 1989 is the backdrop (the year the wall came down), with a 80's soundtrack that rocks. Btw, I was in Berlin in 1989 happily, my visit, while fascinating, was far tamer than this film.

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  • Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella. Directed by David Leitch. Focus Features.

Grade..........................B (2/4)

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