‘Atomic Blonde’ Is A Blast

‘Atomic Blonde’ Is A BlastEnlarge this image toggle caption Universal Pictures Universal PicturesSet in the days leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Atomic Blonde takes place in an underworld where the Cold War is over but the conflict continues, like the throbbing of a vestigial limb.
Atomic Blonde may be high in empty calories, but craftsmanship of this level is rare and exhilarating, and worth surviving some muddled plotting to appreciate.
Despite the Cold War trappings, Atomic Blonde continues along the same lines, with the spy-versus-spy intrigue serving mainly as a delivery system for magnificent butt-kickings.
For the spies of Atomic Blonde, the purpose of chasing a MacGuffin called “The List” has been vastly diminished by world events, but they keep on fighting regardless.
Based on Antony Johnson and Sam Hart’s graphic novel The Coldest City, Atomic Blonde opens with Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), a MI6 spy, debriefing her superiors about a sensitive mission gone awry.

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