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“Atomic Blonde” (2017) Review – ManlyMovie

“Atomic Blonde” (2017) Review

“Atomic Blonde” is a movie that I was not too familiar with until the decision was made that we were going to watch it at the cinema. All I remember from the movie’s trailer was that it starred Charlize Theron acting in one of those movies were a female pretends to kick the ass of men 10 times her size.

A lot of celebrity interviews nowadays in american late night talk shows have become all about SJW agendas so I don’t watch them as much as I used to. I heard while Charlize Theron was out promoting this movie that there were people saying that she should be the next James Bond. I think even when she was a guest on “The Tonight Show” the host Jimmy Fallon was even saying that he should be a “Bond Boy” or whatever the fuck they would be called. Now whether this “movement” was true or not at this point in history it’s hard to tell cause literally Femi-Nazis and Social Justice Warriors are acting like triggered zombie terrorist who have epileptic seizures when they don’t get their way or read things that were not approved beforehand by their big government overlords on niche websites.

A lot of women in the west are acting like they just got released from the cages of “The Male Zoo” and are only now being allowed to speak. By the way, the divorce rate will be much lower if this were the case, just saying. In Hollywood their ticket to “equality” is basically imitating men in everything they do, “We want to be Ghostbusters!” “We want to be James Bond” “We want to be Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13” Blah Blah Blah. The Hollywood feminist/SJW movement comes across like High School freshmen trying to be cool following High School seniors around & imitating them every chance they get.

So I wasn’t paying too much attention to this movie prior to seeing it but once I read that it was directed by one of the co-directors of “John Wick” ( David Leitch ) I was automatically intrigued. The movie was rated R, I like Charlize Theron who  has been in a bunch of shit I’ve liked, plus the movie took place in the 80s ..so why the fuck not.

So after watching it I thought “Atomic Blonde” is not a bad movie, it ain’t terrible but it’s not a great movie either. Leitch’s “John Wick” benefited from having a simple yet effective story that serve it’s purpose. Assholes fucked with the wrong man’s dog and car and had to pay …Let the body count begin. But “Atomic Blonde” suffers from wanting to be too ambitious and having a convoluted plot that takes away from what should’ve been a more fun film.

Theron plays an MI6 agent by the name of Lorraine Broughton, who’s working in Berlin in 1989 before the wall is about to be torn down to retrieve information that is of most importance to the safety of western intelligence officers. An MI6 agent had been in possession of a list containing the identities of every espionage officer in the city on both sides of the Cold War conflict but was chased down and killed by a Russian agent named Bakhtin played Jóhannes Jóhannesson, who took the list and now MI6 wants it back. The British government wants the list because the list will tell them the identity of Satchel, an MI6 mole who has been working with the Russians. The plot goes on from there, everybody wants the list, Charlize Theron doesn’t know who to trust & has to kick some ass & it just turns into one of those movies that has two or three “plot twist” just for the sake of it when in actuality had they streamline the story it would have made for a much better film.

One of the problems I have with this movie was as they chose the character of Charlize Theron narrate the events that took place in the story via an interrogation scene. This to me is a narrative choice that a lot of times I don’t understand why filmmakers decide to do this because no matter what’s going on on-screen you know the character is going to survive cause he or she is the one telling the fucking story and it takes away the suspense.

But not everything about this film is negative it does have some positives as well. One positive of this movie was the time in which the story took place. Any movie set in the 80s needs to have an 80 soundtrack and this movie does feature some cool 80 songs that were used in interesting situations.

The biggest positive of the movie is actually it’s star Charlize Theron. Theron for my money is one of the only few actresses in Hollywood right now that can be believable as an action star on-screen. I loved “Mad Max: Fury Road” & she was good in that. I don’t want her to be Jane Bond or whatever fucking property The P.C. Police wants to ruin next but in this film & role she was effective.

This movie was saved in my opinion in the third act. That’s when this film has it’s best action & fight scenes. I like the fact that Theron actually gets fucked up in the movie therefore making it more believable. She has some good fights & shootouts versus bad henchmen including one played by Daniel Bernhardt. Some of you may remember Bernhardt cause at one point in the 90s he was somewhat of a direct to video B-movie action star. For example he did Bloodsport 2 and 3 and was also the star of a couple of other action DTVs of the era, so it was nice to see the man still kicking ass.

More people saw the last “Fast and the Furious” movie than this film obviously but after watching this movie I thought maybe this was the character Theron should have played in that movie. It’s funny cause now the one who’s getting the least attention from these movies is Vin Diesel and I don’t think his ego would have been able to take it. As I was watching the last “F.F.” movie I kept wishing the movie was just a spin-off film between The Rock and Jason Statham that took place in prison and the story was just about them talking trash and fighting and I guess I was not the only one cause Statham & The Rock were the ones that received the most attention from the movie & if they had another character like the one Theron plays here there will be more people asking for another spin-off of another “F.F.” character & I think Diesel would’ve had another hissy fit.

Theron has been has in better movies than this, for example a lot of critics took a big ol’ shit on John Frankenheimer’s 2000 movie “Reindeer Games” but it’s a movie I happen to like a lot & recommend.

 

And if any of you really want to watch a movie about bad guys getting their hands on a list of undercover agents working at the moment there is 1994’s “Drop Zone” starring Nino Brown and crazy manly man Gary Busey

“Atomic Blonde” is one of those middle-of-the-road movies for me. Not bad, not great but okay. There was some potential to be really good but the messy plot prevented it from getting there.

5/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Avenging force

    Bernhardt was in john wick as well ,seeing it on Friday heard she’s great in it and fights are hard hitting so looking forward to it

  • AlTeo

    Great review Mucho Macho
    I agree the film was problematic plot-wise, the stupid flashback device should die. Takes the intensity out of the film faster than expected.

    However I greatly appreciated the stunt work, grounded fight choreography and Theron willing to take some brutal beatings for the sake of entertainment. The 80s setting, great cinematography (by DP Jonathan Sela who also shot the first John Wick and…Die Hard 5) and New Wave soundtrack did it for me.

    Yes the SJWs have permeated Hollywood recently in saying “Bond should be a woman, etc” but here at least Theron is genuinely putting effort into following through on the “tough women” image more so than any other Hollywood A-list actress today (Jessica Chastain, anyone?). And hey, if more “progressive” films add lesbian love-making more often, I’d say why not…😬

    The (seemingly) one-take hallway fight scene at the film’s third act especially stood out, it alone was an amazing action sequence, worth the price of admission alone.

    • Mucho Macho

      Thank you my friend, your opinion is always appreciated.
      * Yeah man those fucking flashback scenes need to be reevaluated by filmmakers. It’s one thing to reveal the narrator of the story at the end but since the fucking beginning it made no sense. Took away the suspense.
      * I was going to touch on the hot lesbian action and some nudity but I wrote the review early in the morning and I had to go to work & I also didn’t want to drag on so I left that out but believe me it was one of the things I liked about the movie. Theron still shows skin which I appreciate. She has been more naked in the past but still😀
      I like Theron.
      *That stairway scene took place in the third act and that’s when the film became solid IMO. The third act saved this movie. To me a 5 or 6 movie is still a movie I would watch, it’s just not great.

  • mt1974kc

    An enquiry Mucho,

    I have heard that there is a lot of 80s music during this film and a problem for me with some modern action scenes is that they have not only instrumental music/but music with actual singing/rapping that drowns out the actual action effects sounds, eg punches/kicks hitting, gun shots etc

    Too me films/tv shows should have instrumental music only and that should not drown out the action sound effects.
    Not a fan of singing or rapping unless
    1) It is in a trailer..
    2) It is a musical like grease.
    3) The scene is set in a night club or somewhere else that would have singing/rapping naturally in that location.

    Does this happen in atomic blonde or can you clearly still hear the actual action sound effects?

    • Mucho Macho

      A lot of the times when you watch these movies the experience can be enhanced by the sound system one is watching the movie in. I went to a cinema that was recently remodeled and it had pretty good sound. And if I recall correctly you could hear the sounds of the punches and kicks.

      However to answer your question in this movie you get both scenarios. You have a good fight sequence that takes place without music and you have some that take place with a song playing in the background. A couple of times characters turn on a radio and an 80s song starts playing and the action takes place to that song. Those sequences did not took take place in a night club. This movie does seem to have a lot of music outside of nightclubs and if you don’t like that then that might be a problem for you.

      Since the film takes place in the 80s the film is packed with 80s music. Aside from Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” which they use that came out in 1990.

      • mt1974kc

        mucho,

        When you say “the action takes place to that song” do you mean that all you can hear is the song or is their a balance between that and the sound effects?

        • Mucho Macho

          In the theater that I went to had a good surround sound and there was a balance. If you want an example of a scene from the movie that uses an 80s song I found this one.
          https://youtu.be/pXCCBeuMWLo

          • mt1974kc

            Nice clip and actually a decent balance between the music + sound effects and even a logical reason for it to be there eg she turned on a sound system.
            Usually I prefer instrumental music with my action scenes but that actually worked fairly well.

          • Mucho Macho

            The action it’s fine especially in the third act but I just wish the movie would have been better and I think by making the story simpler the movie would have worked better.
            Again I don’t think it’s a bad movie but it’s not great IMO.

  • French Predator

    ahahahaha, I laughed hard.
    Not paying a dime for this failed attempt at being a feminazi John Wick knockoff.
    Will watch her cunt for free because that’s the only interesting thing.

    Drop Zone is great.

  • The Night Rider

    Good review sir, I won’t be watching it.

    • Mucho Macho

      Lol
      Thank you Boss.
      😎👍

  • Anoyster

    Good stuff Mucho Macho, I feared it could have been worse so that’s something but I won’t be rushing to see this any time soon. Seems like a movie to catch if it happens to be on TV.

  • TheOldMcClane

    All that for a 5/10 movie? 🙃

    • Mucho Macho

      😂😂😂
      Cause in such cases you have both good and bad and one has to point out goes both.

    • Call me Roy

      I fell asleep reading this review

  • AlTeo

    The Long Kiss Goodnight did it much better: https://youtu.be/oDuma1M09B0

    • fuckin love this movie. Love Gena Davis!

    • Eric Hutchison

      Damn right! I own that on blu-ray.

    • Mucho Macho

      One of the most underrated action movies of the 90s. Great movie!

  • awesome review Mucho, although I was disappointed to hear ‘Atomic Blonde’ wasn’t all that great. I was really rooting for this movie to be good cause Letich was behind it. How could it be bad, right? Oh well.

    Everything in this review was spot on about SJW’s & women playing with our old toys so to speak by redoing movies with a female lead instead. It make’s their case as independent’s look sillier. Do original stuff if they wanna make a name. Blaze their own trail.

    • Mucho Macho

      😎👍Thanx my friend.
      Indeed should have been a better movie cause the potential was there.
      Interesting times we find ourselves in huh

  • Eric Hutchison

    Good job Macho. Exactly how I’ve felt, and another source I go to(and trust) for reviews said virtually the same things.

  • Jake

    Sounds like I enjoyed this one a little bit more but agree it starts slow and the framing device doesn’t do the film any favors. One possible influence might be Roger Donaldson’s No Way Out (itself a remake of The Big Clock) but the interrogation gimmick doesn’t play as well here.

    I think a lot of people, myself included, went into this expecting Jane Wick and not a convoluted spy thriller. But I appreciate that the action scenes didn’t feel like blatant Wick knockoffs and had their own sense of style. The signature stairwell fight (the main thing that redeemed the film for me) even ends more like the iconic fight in They Live, with both characters pushed to exhaustion.

    The plot could’ve been a lot tighter (and about 10-15 minutes shorter) but it does feel like a throwback to Cold War fiction of the 70’s and 80’s. So for me the good stuff ended up outweighing the bad, even if it’s not something I need to revisit right away.