Atomic Blonde is a terrific new action-flick with a female superspy lead doing most of rough and tough action scenes.
The sensual and savage, Lorraine Broughton (played by Charleze Theron) is an elite spy working for Britain’s MI6.
It’s 1989 and with the Berlin Wall about to fall, British Agent Gascoyne, gets hold of a microfilm that contains the name of every active allied agent working in the Soviet Union.
Gascoyne is killed before he can get the microfilm back to London, with its contents falling into the hands of a Russian hitman, who is happy to sell the list to the highest bidder.
Lorraine travels to Berlin to retrieve the priceless microfilm The Brits in particular want to get their hands on it as it’s said to reveal the identity of a double agent, code named satchel, who’s secretly working for the Soviets.
Once in Berlin, Lorraine teams up with MI6’s embedded station chief, Percival (played by James McAvoy) as she tries to navigate her way through a deadly game of spies.
Percival is a hard-drinking womaniser, who, the bosses warn, has “gone native”.
The complicated mission involves taking down KGB agents, making steamy contact with a French operative (played by Sofia Boutella) and extracting a Soviet turncoat, named Spyglass (played by Eddie Marsan), from East Berlin. Marsan has memorised the list contained on the microfilm, which they believe has now gone missing.
The fight scenes are gripping and long with realistic up-close bare-knuckled brawling and lots of violent gun battles.
There are many twists and turns and not everything goes according to Lorraine’s plans.
This is an action movie not to be missed by die hard action movie fans.
Words by Peter Lamont
Details: Atomic Blonde | 1hr 55mins | in cinemas everywhere