Atomic Blonde is an American spy thriller film staring Charlize Theron in the titular role. Directed by David Leitch, Atomic Blonde marks his first solo credit as a director of a feature motion picture. Atomic Blonde is based on Antony Johnston and Sam Hart’s graphic novel The Coldest City which was published in 2012. David Leitch has earlier directed John Wick with Chad Stahelski and from that film he borrows his uninterrupted action style.
Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is a highly classified MI6 agent who goes to Germany to find a trail of one of her companion agents. Film is set in 1989 Germany and that gives the cold blue vibes to this one. On her mission she meets Berlin station chief David Percival, who ends up becoming her close ally. The novel from which this film is adapted is fantastical which also gives the space to design action sequences, if you are the co-director of John Wick you will anyways find some way to put action. Film thrives completely on Charlize Theron’s performance which is extremely stylized in the film. My lord, the action sequences done by Theron are out of this world. In the history of cinema there has not been a female character like this, which just sparks the screen by her sheer altitude and who better than Theron to portray it.
David Leitch’s direction has redefined action exactly when it needed to. David would not do fast cuts or dip to black transitions in order to intensify the action. David either puts his camera at one place or follows the activity in the scene rather than actors growling to shoot the sequence. Jonathan Sela who is also responsible for the ground breaking cinematography of John Wick manages to get the cold intense Berlin in his camera with an extraordinary breath to shoot the action the way he wants to. Overall the film is genuinely enthralling and Charlize Theron delivers the performance of a lifetime like she does almost every time.