'Atomic Blonde' Spoilers: Is There an End Credits Scene?

'Atomic Blonde' Spoilers: Is There an End Credits Scene?”

By the way, are we at a point in movie history where any B-movie about a woman out for revenge/blood is going to star Charlize Theron?

Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is a British spy who clearly doesn't enjoy being interrogated. " Which may seem a little odd". In that respect-and perhaps that respect only-it belongs to the tradition of post-war thrillers like Carol Reed's The Third Man or Andrzej Wajda's Ashes and Diamonds, where danger and intrigue exist where they shouldn't and the players involved are enmeshed in self-doubt and crippling mission drift.

Broughton displays no personality beyond Theron's chilly line deliveries. After a short time I gave up trying to keep track of the sleep-inducing who and why of it all and just tried to stay awake for the next cool action sequence. James Bond, it turns out, would have been better if he'd been Jane Bond the whole time. However, when it comes to Atomic Blonde, I say yes to the sequel-and another insane adventure full of brutal beatings and fabulous shoes. She does not jet-set around the world, oozing money and aspirational class.

It's also odd that the film's decision to be set in Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall feels incredibly secondary.

Lorraine Broughton eventually gets mixed up with a series of other underworld and espionage players, from James McAvoy as an MI6 agent who's gone native (fun!) to Eddie Marsan as a Stasi defector with a photographic memory to Sofia Boutella as a French honeypot (with whom Theron shares a memorable love scene). Jones' expression after Lorraine outlines her relationship with Delphine is priceless. Until everyone shoots at her in an extended chase/face-off sequence, no one shoots at her, preferring garrotes, knives and insults. But they're not new to the screen. "I said, 'Hi, ' and she actually rolled her eyes and said, 'Oh, my God.' I wasn't over the top".

It helps to cast a great actor as an action star. But hey, this is a Charlize-Kicks-Butt movie and it's a sister film to the "John Wick" franchise. That's an exciting narrative for men, women, and everybody else.

It kind of is, and that the film matter-of-factly treats having a female/female coupling as its central romantic angle (the "tender moments" stuff that's meant to humanize the protagonist into more than well-dressed murder-bot) without really commenting on it is one of its more refreshing and novel flourishes. Secondly, I like lesbian scenes as much as the next guy, but can we please stop filling movies that bill themselves as female empowerment with this stuff? The fight scene is fluidly edited, so it looks like one continuous take, with wild camera pans allowing for different shots. It's just a shame that ultimately what we're looking at feels so irrelevant. It nearly feels like the entire movie exists just so this fight scene can happen, and I have to admit that the fight scene is worth it. The choreography in general is inventive, but the most masterful set-piece is a grueling, exhausting, exhilarating knock-down brawl in multiple stairwells, with Lorraine increasingly bloody and exhausted, staggering over and against equally exhausted KGB antagonists, all of whom can barely stand, much less fight. It's a battle between Lorraine and a Russian assassin with a Macklemore-style haircut, and they beat the ever-loving hell out of one another: Lorraine stabs him with a corkscrew and clocks him with a large double record turntable (or a big hot plate, it's hard to tell), while he tosses her around into wooden furniture that shatters on impact. Yet it does explain why the film's hollowness is a feature rather than a flaw, reflecting the mindset of kick-ass pulp heroine who submerges herself in an ice bath every night, as much to numb her conscience as to salve her wounds.

That combination of being fearless and unrelenting while also being bruised and emotionally complex is part of what made Furiosa a great character, and that combination was on display - for about 20 minutes - in "Atomic Blonde".

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