Atomic Blonde review

Film Review: Atomic Blonde

The past few months, kick-ass women have taken over the cinema screens. And that is a good thing. For a long while, we had to look at men who got to do all the ass-whooping, while women were just there to be pretty. But girls are more than pretty. We can take down the bad guys. We can be spies too. The recently released Atomic Blonde proves just that. But is it a good film or is it better to skip this one? Let’s take a look.

Atomic Blonde Plot

The story starts in 1989, just before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, with the murder of an MI6 agent and the theft of ‘the list’, a piece of microfilm in a watch which contains the names of every active field agent in the Soviet Union. Ten days later, Lorraine Broughton, a top-level MI6 agent, is interrogated about her mission in Berlin, where she was sent to in order to investigate the murder and find the list. As Lorraine shares her account of what happened in Berlin, a flashback tells the story of what actually did happen.

Amazing cast

One of the things that Atomic Blonde certainly has going for it, is the phenomenal cast. Charlize Theron is fantastic as a kick-ass heroine. She manages to be both seductive and vulnerable, brutal and kind. It is one of the things that makes Atomic Blonde a pleasure to watch. Theron is such a versatile actress and has really raised the bar for all future women who take on roles like these. The rest of the cast provides equally great performances, but James McAvoy is definitely a great co-star to Theron. He manages to hold his own and portrays a very interesting character. It was an absolute joy to watch the chemistry between these two actors.


While Atomic Blonde seems to be one of those films that has a predictable storyline, it actually does manage to surprise. When you think it is going in one direction, it quickly changes, leaving you unsure of what to think. Apart from that, Atomic Blonde does not pretend to be anything it is not. Do not expect too complicated plotlines and side-plots, because there aren’t any. Do not expect wannabe-cool characters, because all of these characters are actually cool. The film is very fast-paced and does not dwell too much on explaining things. It is a rollercoaster ride, right from the get-go and one that is enjoyable at that. One thing I would like to remark is that the interrogation scenes do kind of take away part of the tension. We all know Lorraine survived, because she is sitting in that room. Sometimes it is more fun when the stakes are higher and the outcome is unknown.

The makers managed to create action-packed sequences that are actually believable too. While Theron’s character at times manages to take out opponents without much effort, there are also times when she is on the receiving end of the punches. We have become so used to our heroes basically being unbeatable, that this is a breath of fresh air.

Beautiful scenes

Another thing that is an absolute joy about this film is the beautiful scenes. Aesthetically the film is well-made, excellently portraying the rawness of 1989s Berlin.  Combine that with an excellent soundtrack of 80s classics, and you are in for a very enjoyable ride that is definitely worth watching.

Atomic Blonde is in cinemas now.



Article written by Ingrid

Ingrid is the twenty-something owner of The Sassologist, who loves everything that has to do with pop culture. While she is one of many who is in the process of writing a novel, she is also currently in denial over not being a witch. Her Hogwarts letter has yet to arrive. In the meantime she writes about pop culture and dreams about unicorns.

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