The name of the film was not enough deterrent to go and watch Atomic Blonde which was brought for an early screening at the cinematheque in my village one day after its world premiere in London. I have no regrets about deciding to go and see it, as the film is much more than the name says, and by far exceeds the level of most of the comics-inspired movies (not that there is something wrong with them, its just that too many of them are childish). It actually may be one of the best action entertainment films of this summer, with a story complex enough and interesting enough to draw the attention, and excellent execution on all that relates to the action parts of the film.

 

source http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2406566/

source http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2406566/

 

The dark and violent spy story in Atomic Blonde takes place in the last few weeks and days of divided Berlin. The Wall is going to fall, and the epoch of the games of lies and treason fights between the secret services of the powers on one side or the other of it is speeding up to the point of losing control. Last minute accounts are violently settled and everybody prepares for the day after. A list of the active agents has the value and power of an atomic weapon. In order to get hold of it, the British MI6 agency sends the feminine equivalent of James Bond – the super-spy and super-killer Lorraine Broughton played by . She is ten times as deadly as any of her male competitors and is a master of double or multiple spying games. Success is by no means ensured however and the road to it is paved with uncountable numbers of corpses.

 

(video source Universal Pictures)

 

The director of the movie is , actually a first timer in film directing, but a master of stunts with more than 80 films on record. No wonder than that the fights in the film are superbly directed. I have not seen better since The Matrix. Leitch succeeds however much more – he builds a violent but credible story that shows the world of the classical John le Carre novels falling down together with the Wall in a Big Bang. No need to say, is fit to the task, and calling her the feminist answer to all the misogynist action movies we have seen in the last 100 years is no exaggeration.  Unless you really detest violent action movies, you should like this film.