I saw this movie about a week ago and I thought it was alright. It’s nothing special but it’s still good. It was very predictable but at least it is a original character. here is my review of this film.
1.) Mostly told in a flashback: Most of the movie is told by the protagonist in a flashback. Normally I don’t like when films show part of film’s climax at the beginning but in this film, it was done right because not many details where given aside from the fact that she got in a very strenuous brawl and because it was important to the movie plot.
4.) The setting: Most of the film takes place in East Berlin in 1989, a few days before the wall came down. The protagonist is sent into East Berlin by MI6 to retrieve a list. A interesting place for the film to take place in, not many action films are set in East Germany. The originality was the best part of this film.
3.) This movie looks familiar: One thing I noticed and so did several other people is that the movie felt very similar to a John Wick movie. The cinematography, the lighting, the pace, the music and the action scenes all resemble a John Wick movie. Some people in the YouTube comments of the trailer have even called the film “Jane Wick”. Side note, one of the actors(Daniel Bernhardt) who stars in atomic Blonde also had a role in the first John wick film. Note: the comparison of Atomic Blonde with John Wick is actually a compliment.
4.)The villains: The antagonists in the film are communists, a mix of East German police and KGB agents. The protagonist goes around unleashing her fury on her foes in creative ways throughout the film.
5.) The fight scenes: Surprisingly the fight scenes weren’t cheesy and were fairly entertaining to watch due to them slightly resembling John Wick’s fight scenes.
6.) Weak plot twist: The plot twist itself wasn’t impressive, you can see it coming a long way. They tried to keep it secret but it’s still easy to piece the puzzle together.
7.) Lesbian scene: I had a feeling that this movie was going to show woman on woman action. I saw this coming a mile away. Yes there is a lesbian sex scene. Personally this isn’t my cup of tea, it was nothing special. The lesbian sex scene was passionate, while the lighting was too dim. However, this lesbian or bisexual relationship between the protagonist and another woman actually played a major role late in the movie. Look, I have nothing against lesbians but I feel that aside from being a major part of the story, the lesbian sex scene was also just another way of attracting both male and especially female viewers.
8.) Mediocre suspense: There were some parts that had suspense but in many other parts, it just wasn’t there.
9.) Creativity and originality: As I mentioned above, the originality was the greatest strength of this film. Yes it’s based on a novel but is still original since they didn’t borrow and radically modify an existing franchise. The creativity is also decent in both fight scenes and in practical effects, specify the “umbrella crowd” scene.
10.)Overall: It’s an alright film, not as good as the John Wick films but close enough. I rate it a 7.2/10. A sequel to Atomic Blonde is being made although it’s release date is unknown.