Based on the graphic novel, The Coldest City, Atomic Blonde tries to be the female equivalent of Jason Bourne and James Bond.

Set in 1989 Berlin during the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Charlize Theron plays a British secret agent called Lorraine Broughton. Her mission, told in flashback as she’s being interrogated by her MI6 bosses (Toby Jones and John Goodman), sees her trying to retrieve a stolen microfilm that contains the names and locations of active British agents.

As well as retrieving the stolen microfilm Broughton must also help an East German Stasi officer (Eddie Marson), code name Spyglass, defect to the West.

Her contact when she gets to Berlin is the arrogant Berlin station Chief David Percival (James Mc Avoy).

From the minute she arrives in Berlin she’s pursued by various nasty Russian agents who as well as wanting to retrieve the microfilm also want to and kill Broughton. Trusting no one Broughton soon finds that her only ally is a French agent called Delphine Lasalle (Sofia Boutella) who believes she knows the identity of a British double agent called Satchel.

Set against a cracking 80’s musical soundtrack Atomic Blonde is let down by a slow moving complicated story that only becomes entertaining during a couple of very violent, in fact so violent that they almost seem cartoonish, fight sequences.

The fight sequences are expertly choreographed and Theron’s character certainly looks as if she can kick some ass. Director David Leitch was involved in the John Wick films so the similarities between the two films isn’t co-incidental. Leitch’s next film as director is Deadpool 2, if the fight sequences are up to the standard of Atomic Blonde then we are in for a treat, however great fight sequences alone don’t necessarily make a good film so hopefully in Deadpool 2 Leitch will put a bit more thought into the story.

Atomic Blonde might not be for everyone but thanks to some excellent fight scenes it’s enjoyable enough and just about passes muster as a piece of escapist entertainment.

Atomic Blonde (15)

1h 55m

Director: David Leitch
Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, Toby Jones

UK Release: Friday 11th August 2017

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