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Atomic Blonde (2017)

Released:  Friday, July 28, 2017  
Length:  115 minutes
Studio: Focus Features
Genre: Action/Adventure
Rating: Atomic Blonde is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaUnder 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

Atomic Blonde Synopsis

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Oscar® winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in Atomic Blonde, 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. 

A blistering blend of sleek action, gritty sexuality and dazzling style, Atomic Blonde is directed by David Leitch (John Wick, upcoming Deadpool 2). Also starring John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones, the film is based on the Oni Press graphic novel “The Coldest City,” by Antony Johnston & illustrator Sam Hart. Kurt Johnstad (300) wrote the screenplay.

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Atomic Blonde 4K Review

Atomic Blonde 4K Review
Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury RoadPrometheus) has proven herself to be a talented and sought-after actress. She has won numerous awards for her versatile career, including an Academy Award for her role in Monster. Now, we see yet another side to the actress in Atomic Blonde, due out on Blu-ray DVD, and 4K UHD on November 14th, 2017.

Atomic Blonde is based on Antony Johnston and Sam Hart's 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City. The spy thriller stars Theron as MI6 field agent Lorraine Broughton during the Cold War of the 1980s. After another MI6 agent, James Gascoigne, is killed by KGB agent Yuri Bakhtin, Bakhtin steals the list that contains the names of all the active field agents in the Soviet Union. It is now Lorraine's mission to kill Bakhtin and retrieve the list.

To say that Atomic Blonde is a "balls to the wall" action movie is an understatement. From the onset to the film's very last scene, the action never lets up. Combined with an amazing 80s soundtrack, an extremely talented cast, a skilled director, and the perfect setting (the end of the cold war), you have the perfect action film.

Stuntman turned director David Leitch (John Wick) has created an action picture that is so amazing it should be used as the template for all upcoming action films and probably studied in college classes across the country. Stunts are coordinated down to the most minute detail and easily dethrone the current king of action films, John Wick. At no time do the fight scenes feel choreographed or "fake", and the stairwell fight scene is one for the books that will be analyzed for years by film lovers. It is a "how to" on creating an amazing fight scene.

Theron is incredible as an action hero, which makes one wonder why we haven't seen her play one more often. With this film, she has truly elevated herself to the status of the "action heroine" for this decade (easily giving Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman a run for her money). She provides her character, Lorraine, a very tough, "take no prisoners" action persona, while also  infusing her with a vulnerability that shows even while she is destroying the bad guys on-screen. Aside from Theron, the film is cast with a plethora of great actors giving their all for this little action film including James McAvoy (Wanted), John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane), Sofia Boutella (The Mummy), and Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger). Each one gives Atomic Blonde some of the best performances of their respective careers adding more depth to the film.

Atomic Blonde's 4K UHD presentation is one of the best transfer produced to date. Filmed directly to the digital format, the transfer is presented in 2160p HDR with Dolby Vision. Even the tiniest detail is crisp and clear. The video is overplayed with a cold blue hue but that doesn't detract from the HDR color spectrum with all the colors seemingly popping off your television screen. While Atomic Blonde's 4K release does not boast a Dolby Atmos soundtrack, it still contains a very capable one encoded in DTS:X.  The dialog is crisp and clear, while the retro 80's soundtrack is very prominent but does not overpower.

With such an amazing film, Universal also provided a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the film with their special features.Thankfully, Universal did not skimp on them. These features include:

  • Welcome to Berlin: A look city of Berlin including film locations and the atmosphere of Berlin in 1989.
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes: About seven minutes worth of deleted and extended scenes. They provide some good context but it is very evident why they were removed from the final film
  • Blondes Have More Gun: Charlize Theron discusses her role and why she signed on. This feature also showcases the training that Theron had to endure for the role.
  • Spymaster: This feature focuses on David Leitch as a director with cast and crew discussing working with him.
  • Anatomy of a Fight Scene: Director David Leitch discusses all the intricacies of the stairwell fight scene.
  • Story in Motion: A two-part featurette with motion storyboards.
  • Audio commentary with Director David Leitch and Editor Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir. 

Aside from these features, the 4K Blu-ray set also features a digital copy of the film which ports over to iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Vudu using a linked Movies Anywhere account.

Atomic Blonde was a bright spot in a very lackluster summer. It continues the trend with this release , providing a complete package of entertainment and escapism that is mastered with the best possible quality. If you are a fan of action films or just a fun two hours, this is a must-own release. Hopefully, with the film's found success, we can expect many sequels in the future.

Grade: A+


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