Posh, tough, impossibly cool.
Call off the search for the next James Bond. She’s already here. Charlize Theron has what it takes to make a killer 007 and proves it handsomely as a posh, tough, impossibly cool British secret agent in the ferociously entertaining spy thriller Atomic Blonde.
Her MI6 agent, Lorraine Broughton, is in Berlin in November 1989, right before the fall of the Wall. She is hunting for a missing list of all the spies in the city, and her mission is a fiendishly tangled intrigue; fraught with double and possibly even triple crosses.
She can trust no one. Not James McAvoy’s sleazy, self-serving MI6 station chief, David Percival; not slinky French spy Delphine Lasalle, played by Sofia Boutella; and not Eddie Marsan’s nervy Stasi defector. Le Carré aficionados will get the drift.
Yet with John Wick director David Leitch giving the action a thrilling brutality, what ensues here is more Bourne movie than Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. The fight scenes are remorseless. Indeed, some go on so long that the antagonists are left bloody, bruised, and panting for breath before the end.
We’re left breathless, too. But it’s Theron’s remarkable heroine who really makes us gasp. Looking drop-dead gorgeous as she slinks though Berlin’s neon-drenched bars and clubs pursuing contacts and clues, she’s drop-dead ruthless when it comes to the combat. And, as she proved in Mad Max: Fury Road, few can match Theron when it comes to being badass. We really do believe she can take out a roomful of opponents armed only with a length of hose. Perhaps, if James Bond isn’t an option, she could be the next Jason Bourne.
Certificate 15. Runtime 115 mins. Director David Leitch
Atomic Blonde is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital from Universal Pictures.