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Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron is Lorraine, a spy for Britain’s MI6, is sent on assignment to London to work with Percival (James McAvoy), an agent who has been reported to have gone rogue, after an agent was recently assassinated. The film has some of the style of John Wick; the sex appeal of James Bond; and the plotline of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Theron makes a kickass spy; she has a “knock-em dead” wardrobe and is dressed to kill for every action scene. The 80’s soundtrack is fun, and many of the scenes are quite striking, especially those shot at night and involve close-ups of Theron. McAvoy holds his own, but this really is Theron’s show. There are enough plot twists to keep the action flowing. I did find it rather challenging to keep up with what was happening, but the twists and turns at the end moved so fast I couldn’t keep up with the guessing. Thumbs up for a movie that is a lot of fun (in a John Wick sort of way) and another opportunity to watch Theron channel a very different kind of character.

 

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