Eppler: "Atomic Blonde" is a stunner

Eppler: "Atomic Blonde" is a stunner

Get ready. "Atomic Blonde" is the down and dirty ball-buster of the summer fronted by a dynamite Charlize Theron.

She has already proved her action movie chops from garbage like "Aeon Flux" to her instantly iconic role in "Mad Max: Fury Road." In "Atomic Blonde," she's highly-trained British agent Lorraine Broughton who is sent to Berlin in late 1989 as the wall is about to fall. A fellow agent has just been killed by the Soviets and that agent had some valuable information. So she has to find that, too, not knowing whom she can trust.

Yeah, I know that's the basic plot of the first "Mission: Impossible" movie, but I just don't care. "Atomic Blonde" is all style, mood, and rhythm. When Theron takes on a whole room of guys with George Michael's "Father Figure" playing, I was hopelessly in love.

The soundtrack of 80s electro pop is aces - complimenting and commenting on the action instead of driving it like in "Baby Driver." It's a different vibe.

The action set pieces are staged masterfully by director David Leitch - especially one nearly ten-minute fight sequence seemingly done in one take that's a stunner. 

Theron is fantastic, and James McAvoy gives my favorite performance of his. He's never been this loose, this ready to rock.

The movie does toe the line between feminism and overt male fantasy, the storytelling is problematic by being told in flashback thereby killing some of the suspense, and there are just a few too many twists in the final section. But like the bruises and cuts on Theron's face, it doesn't make the thing less stunning to watch.

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