Atomic Blonde Review

Atomic Blonde

I’ve been waiting to see this movie since I first seen the previews for it sometime last year. I thought that it was going to be this super cool, James Bond with a female lead sort of movie, so when I seen the preview over and over again on HBO, I knew that I couldn’t miss it. Anyway, after a long wait I finally was able to see this movie so keep reading to see if it was what I expected it to be.

Atomic Blonde is about MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton, played by Charlize Theron, who is sent in to 1989 Berlin in order to find a watch. This watch was on another MI6 agent who was murdered and it contained a list of all undercover agents and the name of a traitor. Lorraine will make her way through Berlin, coming in contact with other spies played by James McAvoy and Sofia Boutella, in her quest to find this watch. All of this is told as a flashback scene while she’s being investigated for the events that went down during her mission.

I hate to say this, but this movie bored me to tears and the most exciting part happened within the last 15 minutes of this two hour movie. It’s really sad to have to sit there for two hours going through boring scene after boring scene that basically leads nowhere until the end where you find out that what was shown to you wasn’t what was really going on. Don’t get me wrong, when this happens in movies it can be a huge changing point and make you think “Wow I can’t believe this just happened!” That is if the actual movie itself is good. Sadly, this movie isn’t and the big twist at the end just makes you roll your eyes because at that point you’re just done with the movie. It feels like this movie could have been so much more and the only good thing I can say about this movie is that it had an awesome soundtrack. Other than that I found the movie hard to follow, boring, and just not worth the ending.

The cast for this movie is basically just eh. The star of the movie is Charlize Theron and I was kind of surprised that this just wasn’t the role for her. Don’t get me wrong I think that she’s a great actress, but this movie just fell flat for her as it did for James McAvoy who is an amazing actor. Sometimes even a great cast that boasts two huge stars really can’t be saved by anything and that’s kind of sad.

Overall I give this movie a 2 out of 5.

The twist at the end gets some credit even though by that time the movie ended and I really didn’t care. The action sequences were way over the top and I would keep the kiddies away from this movie as it has a way over gratuitous sex scene between Charlize Theron and Sofia Boutella. I mean, I was even embarrassed watching it and just wanted to shrink into a corner. Not because I’m some sort of a prude, but because it just didn’t fit the movie. Anyway, if you still want to watch this movie, go ahead, but just plan on being disappointed because it’s nothing like any of the trailers suggest that it’s going to be.



  1. What you say about the plot is right – they don’t do enough to make us care and go so far as to overcomplicate it. It sucks the fun out of the movie. That said, I think Theron is superb in the action set-pieces, particularly the stairwell sequence which is shot to look like one take. Technically impressive action, but dry as hell narrative.

    • Yes, I forgot to mention the stairwell sequence which was probably one of the best out of the whole movie. I think Theron is great as an actress, it’s just the movie that was really not worth the amount of time I waited to watch it.

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