Charlize Theron stars as the Atomic Blonde, even though she’s never referred to by that moniker. In fact for a secret agent, she’s too striking and stands out in a crowd, but she does an outstanding job in her role. The movie is based on a graphic novel, “The Coldest City” by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart. The story takes place in Berlin in 1989 and President Reagan has just told Gorbachev to take down the Berlin Wall.
Lorraine Broughton is sent by MI-6 to Berlin to find the List. It’s a dossier that contains the names and background of all British agents in the world and its loss could mean certain death for those agents. The man who smuggled it out on a microfiche has also memorized it so his life is endangered. As soon as Lorraine arrives in Berlin, she knows her mission has been compromised, but goes ahead with it because of its importance. She meets with the only British agent in Berlin, David Percival, played superbly by James McAvoy. They join forces, knowing that securing the list could save their lives. The one thing that could save them is that the man with the list wants to make a profit, so they have a little time.
This story is full of interesting twists and turns that kept me involved from the beginning. The promo advertising emphasized the fighting aspect, but there was also a good story behind it. Charlize Theron and James McAvoy are both great in their roles. There is quite a bit of bloodshed in the movie and Charlize, not only beats up men but also gets beaten up, so it’s not for the squeamish, but it’s good, real good.