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Atomic Blonde

In this rapid-fire spy story, a couture-clad MI6 operative (Charlize Theron) is sent to East Germany to retrieve stolen intelligence just before the fall of the Berlin Wall; she's both helped and hindered by an alpha-male fellow agent (James McAvoy) and targeted by an array of shadowy characters, including members of the KGB and a libidinous femme fatale (Sofia Boutella). Veteran stuntman David Leitch directs, and he orchestrates some intricate, bravura fight-and-flight sequences; cinematographer Jonathan Sela enhances these scenes with a gritty palette of frosty blues and somber grays. Adapting Sam Hart and Antony Johnston's graphic novel The Coldest City, Kurt Johnstad (300) has written a smart exploitation thriller, filled with homages to Andrei Tarkovsky, the German New Wave, and film noir. With Toby Jones, John Goodman, and Eddie Marsan. In English and subtitled German, Swedish, and Russian. R, 115 min.

Credits

Director:

  • David Leitch

Cast:

  • Charlize Theron
  • James McAvoy
  • John Goodman
  • Til Schweiger
  • Eddie Marsan
  • Sofia Boutella
  • Toby Jones
  • Daniel Bernhardt
  • James Faulkner
  • Roland Møller

Producers:

  • Charlize Theron
  • Beth Kono
  • A.J. Dix
  • Kelly McCormick
  • Eric Gitter
  • Peter Schwerin
  • Nick Meyer
  • Marc Schaberg
  • Joe Nozemack
  • Steven Scavelli
  • Ethan Smith
  • David Guillod
  • Kurt Johnstad

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