Release Date: July 28, 2017
Run Time: 1 hour 55 min
After Credit Scene: NO IMAX Viewing: NO 3D Viewing: NO Reviewer: Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score: 6.0 out of 10
A non-spoiler review.
What you need to know about Atomic Blonde: We are back to the 80’s just before the Berlin Wall is torn down. Spies from all sides are trying to gain access to a list of agents from the US and UK. MI6 has deployed their best operatives to collect that list so not to fall into enemy hands.
What works: 80’s soundtrack that is in some cases, updated or remastered. Charlize Theron is amazing as is James McAvoy. Charlize just doesn’t age. The fight scenes were very well choreographed, some of the best I’ve seen in some time. Excellent stunt work.
What doesn’t work: The story moves forward with such a fervor that you can’t recall all the characters and who they work for. The plot is simple and thin. There is little to keep you engaged unless you love Charlize Theron, action, and 80’s tunes. The use of titling the chapters with spray paint eventually gets annoying. There are scenes that could have had better development and others that could have been cut short. The movie feels longer than its actual running time.
Overall this is a summer action movie built around Charlize as she kicks some serious butt. Kudos goes out to the stuntwoman who doubles for Charlese as some of those stunts are amazing. However, this will be a summer dud and I bet the film will be done in 4 weeks.
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give Atomic Blonde a 6.0. Be sure to grab something from concessions to help pass the time.
Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris). Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!
The Emoji Movie (Columbia Pictures) – Animation/Adventure
Tag Line: Welcome to the secret world inside your phone.
Starring: T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris
Plot: Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.
Running Time: 86 minutes
Chris: I LOL and then ROFLMAO. J/K
Jess: *Throws Up*
Jim: It’s far to soon to rip off Inside Out. How dated is this going to be in a few years?
Atomic Blonde (Focus Features) – Action/Mystery/Thriller
Rated R for sequences of strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman
Plot: An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
Running Time: 115 minutes
Jim: All hail Charlize Theron, the Scariest Beautiful Woman ever. Looks like a worthy addition to Mindless Summer Fun at the Movies.
Chris: Charlize is looking like the clear winner by default this week. Hoping she kicks both Al Gore and the Don in the tush in this film.
Jess: Looks fun, like “The Long Kiss Goodnight” and I enjoy Theron and McAvoy!
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (Paramount Pictures) – Documentary
Tag Line: Fight Like Your World Depends On It.
Starring: Al Gore, Barack Obama, Donald Trump
Plot: A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.
Running Time: 98 minutes
Jess: I am a bad person because I never saw the first one and I love this kind of stuff. I like to stay as informed as I can and see all sides, even if I don’t believe all I hear. I’d watch this at home if I ever got around to the original. Jim: I found the first one interesting and informative. This looks to be the same, although pervaded with more of a sense of dread. Chris: Al Gore (private) jets around the world leaving this carbon imprint one more time. Celebrate!