Atomic Blonde - 2 Stars
Atomic Blonde is visually beautiful and has strong, diverse, interesting performances, but a predictable script and a bombastic soundtrack detract from the overall experience.
An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
It’s difficult to find a word to fully encapsulate this film, loud is probably the best one. David Leitch’s first solo outing as a director proves that a little more practice would’ve been helpful. A bombastic array of major rock songs blast over the film beginning to end. To use music to such an extent you need to be clever about it (like Baby Driver) otherwise it ends up a mess (like Suicide Squad), this isn’t clever. While the fight sequences are amazing and Charlize Theron and James McAvoy give great performances it doesn’t hold the film together - the script is too predictable.
Overall another mindless action film with some visually impressive battles.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Universal Entertainment