Watching this trailer, it’s easy to summarise “Atomic Blonde” as a female “John Wick”. After all, it’s from David Leitch, the guy who co-directed that kick-ass Keanu Reeves actioner. And that is a very good thing, considering how well Leitch does action. But beyond that, I’m getting a strong sense of style and more than a little wit in the filmmaking on display. Charlize Theron expectedly makes for a capable action heroine, but it’s the interplay with James McAvoy and the rest of the supporting cast that makes it a genuine departure from Leith’s previous output. Could even end up a better movie too.
Here’s the official synopsis: “Academy Award winner Charlize Theron headlines the Atomic Blonde, directed by David Leitch (John Wick, the upcoming Deadpool sequel) from an adapted screenplay by Kurt Johnstad. Atomic Blonde is based on the Oni Press graphic novel by writer Antony Johnston and illustrator Sam Hart.
Atomic Blonde offers a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors.
The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
Atomic Blonde also stars John Goodman (Kong: Skull Island, 10 Cloverfield Lane), Til Schweiger (Tarort, Inglourious Basterds), Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan, The World’s End), Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond, The Mummy) and Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger).”
“Atomic Blonde” premieres 28th July.