Atomic Blonde (2017)
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Very refreshing to see a female protagonist kicking all kinds of butt without the obvious use of wirework in a big budget Hollywood production. Theron packs a real punch and is absolutely badass!
Atomic Blonde plays as the last story of the Cold War, in the days leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall, with a magnetic Charleze Theron in the lead role as a cold and ruthless MI-6 agent and potentially unreliable narrator due to the film's structure built around her debriefing. The film successfully recreates the character's and the era's paranoia, as well as her attention to detail (perfect set design will do that), with brutal kinetic action that why at times extreme, still feels real because its choreography is so natural and improvised, and the characters are allowed to become tired. Above all, this is a stylistic triumph, the drained acid colors and wonderfully edited 80s synth pop soundtrack evoking not one but two Berlins. And while the story is dark, it's not without fun. The style essentially smirks at the Cold War tropes and makes them fresher as a result, and the film really does know it's part of a tradition, or else it wouldn't drop Casablanca references the way it does.
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