Atomic Blonde is the breath of fresh air this summer desperately needed. Amidst all the latest franchise-installments and box-office-bombs is Atomic Blonde: a thrilling, expertly-crafted (not to mention feminist) spy thriller. In the film, Charlize Theron stars as Lorraine Broughton, an undercover M16 agent sent to Berlin during the Cold War to recover a top-secret list of double agents.
Director David Leitch (co-director of John Wick, and director of the upcoming Deadpool 2), is no stranger to action, and here it’s stylized to reflect the graphic novel the film is based upon. Surprisingly enough, underneath the bad-ass action scenes and 80s pop-punk soundtrack are some layered performances from Theron and co-star James McAvoy and an engaging mystery with enough twists to throw off even the most intelligent viewer. It goes without saying that this is definitely one of my favorites of the year so far, and what could hopefully be the first in a new franchise.