Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.
David F. Sandberg
A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin's mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
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The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. Written by
Entertaining but imperfect spy thriller with great action scenes
Charlize Theron stars as Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 agent stationed in Berlin as the wall is about to fall in "Atomic Blonde." This white-knuckle spy movie brings the action, and we would expect nothing less given that it is from the director of "John Wick." The film's action scenes are intense and brutal, and are staged expertly. A (filmed as to appear to be) one-take, several-minute-long scene involving Theron fighting on a stairway is choreographed particularly impressively. This scene occurs about 80 percent of the way into the movie. Theron does a very fine job playing the gritty, sometimes tired Broughton--and also manages to make her stunts look easy in the process. The film's aesthetic qualities are stylish, as is the unique and nourish depiction of Berlin in 1989. The soundtrack--an eclectic ensemble of 80's rock and pop--is great as well.
While "Atomic Blonde" has plenty of strengths, the film does contain a few structural flaws. The film seems to have a bit of a pacing problem. For example, the film takes time to get going (despite never feeling tedious,) which is fine until one realizes that the last act of the film is almost shockingly overstuffed. After the well-shot stairway action scene, viewers have plot twist after plot twist thrown at them almost relentlessly for the last twenty or so minutes of the film. This is a bit of a problem because these plot 'twists' start feeling quite rushed. Additionally, the plot as a whole is rather predictable, and character development could have been improved.
At the end of the day, though, audiences will most likely be thrilled by the visceral action on display in this film--while also managing to sing (or hum) along to its soundtrack and take in Charlize Theron's strong performance in the lead role. While they will recognize that the story and structure of the film is imperfect, they likely will forgive the movie for much of that given the high entertainment quotient. Recommended. 7/10
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