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Atomic Blonde

by JC Alvarez
Tuesday Nov 14, 2017
Atomic Blonde

The spy game gets elevated and wears high heels! Is there anything that Charlize Theron can't do? The Academy Award Winner has proven that she's up for any and every challenge thrown at her in Hollywood, whether traveling into deep space, fighting fast and furious, Theron is an unstoppable force. In her latest flic, Theron is the "Atomic Blonde" a magnificently skilled international MI-6 secret agent tasked with extracting a point of contact in Berlin who holds the key the securing the entirety of the free world.

The planet is still in the midst of the Cold War -- the Soviets are concerned with much more than rigging our elections, bent on spreading tyranny instead: it's a very different place with a decisively much slicker and cooler soundtrack. It is up to Lorraine Broughton (Theron) to get behind the Berlin wall and locate her target, David Percival (James McAvoy) who has a list of optimal important to all the world's intelligence agencies. Her latest mission is much more personal for Lorraine especially when it turns up a dead agent that was once her lover.

In the style of classic spy film thrillers with a decidedly exploitative edge and prone to violence often reserved for male action leads, "Atomic Blonde" blows out all those stereotypes and proves action films aren't dominated by men alone! The thrills track beautifully across the seductively dangerous terrain as Lorraine follows the clues across the dodgiest dark corners of a world in political flux. It isn't very long before Lorraine uncovers the truth -- that her true objective is to track down an intelligence agent code named: Spyglass.

Theron gets as good as she gives in the film's breakneck action sequences that are mostly all intricately shot in wild single camera perspective, creating the most elaborately choreographed hand-to-hand combat scenarios, gun fights and car chases -- and the most exhaustively executed. Vastly chronicling its tale in a largely analog landscape tittering into the digital realm, "Atomic Blonde" captures the feel of the 80s and makes great use of an expertly selected soundtrack to enhance the experience.

Though a throwback in many ways, "Atomic Blonde" is a very contemporary and sexy spy adventure, and eager to put its star at the center of a very promising franchise. The Blu-ray reveals secrets behind the filmmaking process as narrated by the creators themselves, including deleted and extended scenes, as well as several featurettes that put you on set. The 80s just went nuclear, and the spy movie has gone explosive in "Atomic Blonde" available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD perfect for home viewing.

"Atomic Blonde"
available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD
$22.99
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Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".


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