“I’m my own bitch now!”
- What is this movie about?
An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
- Why should you watch it?
Her name is Blonde, Atomic Blonde. We are presented with a movie that reminds us of the spirit of the Bond movies. A spy movie set in the late 80s, the end of the Cold War, or kind of with a woman in charge of the story and the action, and boy there is plenty of action to enjoy this movie made in the old spy style.
We are presented with a typical situation during Cold War, having to recover something that is on the other side while you need to collaborate with someone. Nothing new here. What is kind of new is the style. Above all the movie reminds us of the old spy movies and specially the JAmes Bond ones. Where he, and in this case she (always with style) does whatever it takes to get to their objective while seducing someone on their way. And Charlize is brilliant in this role. After watching her in Mad Max, all action movies suit here specially if she plays a badass character like in this one. Simply fantastic.
Besides how the movie is made and how good the actors are, there is another main character that gains the audience attention: the music. Pure 80s music that will take you to your childhood or to a previous life, or if you weren’t alive then, you wish you had been. You won’t be able to replay the songs one after another in your head or in your Spotify list.
A really enjoyable movie, that now is getting some copycats. A movie that will let you forget about everything else and will make you want to travel back in time into Cold War Berlin to have some adventures of your own. Best of all, we can smell a sequel on tis way, let’s hope is as good as the original one, which by the way, is based in a comic, so there is a background for it.
- Did you know?
– The movie is based on Antony Johnston and Sam Hart’s 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, which revolves around a spy who has to find a list of double agents who are being smuggled into the West.
– The infamous stairwell scene is nearly 40 separate shots stitched together to appear as one continuous take.
– The key fight sequence that unfolds in a real Berlin building lasts for almost 10 minutes in what appears to be an unbroken take when, in fact, the sequence comprises almost 40 separate shots seamlessly stitched together. Though filmed chronologically from start to finish, nearly half the splices needed some degree of CGI assistance. Swish-pans provided the simplest solutions for smooth cuts and door frames provided vertical seams for smoothly bridging some segments.
– Charlize Theron had eight personal trainers to help her master her intensely physical performance. She also trained with Keanu Reeves who was preparing for John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017).
– Charlize Theron cracked two teeth while filming.
– Before filming resumed, James McAvoy broke his hand on the set of Split (2016) and had to endure all his action scenes with his injured hand.
– In the early part of the movie, where Charlize Theron is on a car and tries to beat the two escorts, the tunnel sequence in Berlin was the same tunnel used in Captain America Civil War, the part where Black Panther chases down Bucky Barnes.
– Although set in 1989, the only preexisting song on the soundtrack that was released that year is “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy. All other songs were released prior to that year.
– Despite the title and the 80’s setting, the song “Atomic” by the band, Blondie, does not appear in the soundtrack.