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"Atomic Blonde" Movie Review

Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.


Atomic Blonde had a lot going for it. The trailers boasted a kick-ass Charlize Theron teaming up with James McAvoy and Sofia Boutella in what appeared to be Bourne and Salt rolled into one. The movie itself, however, was a fantastic mess of pretentious quality and predictable storytelling. Yes, the three main actors are splendid, but what was really accomplished? The film just ran in circles long enough to make you think something important happened when, in fact, it was one big mess.

The film follows Lorraine, an agent on a mission to recover a stolen list which would expose every agent and their cover name. She is sent to Berlin to meet with her contact, David, who is a constant drunk with zero sense of personal hygiene.

First off, this list sounds like it was taken directly from Mission: Impossible. Remember in the first film when everyone was after the NOC List which would potentially expose every IMF agent? Yeah, pretty much the same thing except the IMF was smart and divided the list into two parts so that no one person could have the full list at one time whereas our governments put everyone on one list which is stupid and lazy and actually very believable.

Secondly, there is really no one remotely likable in this movie aside from Sofia Boutella's Delphine character. Delphine is a rookie agent on her first solo mission and is caught in the middle of all this war over the list. Pretty dumb for the French Intelligence to send a rookie on a mission this big, especially her first ever mission. There's literally no intelligence in this film aside from Lorraine. I say that for a reason but I can't tell you why because it's a major spoiler for those that haven't figured it out within the first 30 minutes of the movie.

Lastly, yes the action and fight scenes were great and all but what was really accomplished? Who were the real bad guys? There's far too many questions raised in the final ten minutes that are never answered when the film could have actually focused on answering those questions instead of trying to surprise us with three different twists. It's almost like they couldn't decide which alternate ending to use so they used them all and called it twist endings.

In conclusion, I was let down completely by this film. Charlize is a great actress, McAvoy a fantastic actor, and Sofia has been making a good name for herself. Atomic Bonde, however, did none of them any favors. I give the film a 2 out of 4.

© 2017 Nathan Jasper


Nathan Jasper (author) from Sylva, NC on July 28, 2017:

Ryan - thank you for being such a loyal fan! Your support means a lot to me!

Ryan from Louisiana, USA on July 28, 2017:

I was on the fence about seeing this film. It looked good, but it also looked like one of those films you can wait for on Netflix. I think I will do just that. Thank you for the review.