Hard-hitting action movies are in the midst of a strong comeback with major studios finding hidden gold in the R-rated genre. There is a long list of successful action movies in the past few years including Kingsman: The Secret Service, Deadpool, Logan, and of course John Wick.
A new movie has surfaced recently that seems to have been created with the same DNA as some of the movies mentioned above. Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron, who’s performance in Mad Max: Fury Road solidified her as having one of Hollywood’s best packages of action star attributes and acting prowess.
If that wasn’t enough to capture your attention, Atomic Blonde is in the hands of David Leitch, the co-director of John Wick and the future director of Deadpool 2. So, the comparisons between the franchises is valid and enticing. Theron is an extremely capable physical performer, so it will be a blast to see what she will be capable of in the hands of the former stuntman turned director.
Atomic Blonde is a modern day spy movie without the bells and whistles of a superhero movie. However, it is based on the Oni Press graphic novel series “The Coldest City,” that was created by Antony Johnston & illustrator Sam Hart and the trailer has a classic rock soundtrack featuring Queen’s, “Killer Queen.” So, it’s geek cred stays intact. The movie also has an impressive supporting cast including James McAvoy (Split), John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane), Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger), and Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Mummy), which along with Theron, seems to be a winning combination. This looks like it can be a surprise sleeper hit this summer, check it out!
The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
Atomic Blonde opens on July 28th, 2017.