Atomic Blonde (R21)
Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella
Directed by David Leitch
John Wick co-director David Leitch’s ultra-slick ‘punk rock noir’ sees Charlize Theron in full-blown badass mode — more so than she was in Mad Max: Fury Road — as Lorraine Broughton, an M16 agent assigned to recover a dossier of agents’ identities in Berlin, just days before The Wall’s collapse. (It’s essentially same plot as the first Mission Impossible.)
Theron spends most of her screen-time looking like Debbie Harry (the title’s a nod to a Blondie song), parading in stylish outfits, engaging in assorted brutal close-quarter combat (shooting, kicking, punching, shagging) soundtracked to the percussive beats of a synthesizer-driven ‘80s soundtrack (New Order! Depeche Mode! Nena!).
Forget James Bond: He’s a [expletive] pussycat compared to Broughton — she'll eat him for breakfast, lunch, dinner and, if there's anything left, supper. Oh yes, Theron is this year’s other Wonder Woman. (***1/2)