Movie Review: ATOMIC BLONDE (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

ATOMIC BLONDE is based on the Oni Press graphic novel “The Coldest City” by writer Antony Johnston and illustrator Sam Hart. The movie was directed by David Leitch from a screenplay by Kurt Johnstad and stars Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, Eddie Marsan, Toby Jones and John Goodman.

Double-crossed while sent to collect stolen intelligence in East Germany, elusive secret agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) unleashes a deadly arsenal of skills. The movie is set in the late eighties and takes viewers on a high-stakes chase asthe agent attempts to escape Berlin. The story centers on Lorraine Broughton, MI6’s most lethal assassin and the crown jewel of her Majesty’s secret intelligence service. When she’s sent on a covert mission into Cold War Berlin, she must use all of the spycraft, sensuality and savagery she has to stay alive in the ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors. Broughton must navigate her way through a deadly game of spies to recover a priceless dossier while fighting ferocious killers along the way.

The movie starts off with Lorraine Broughton being interrogated about this deadly mission that she’s just returned from and as she recounts her steps, the viewer gets a front row seat to see how it all went down. Broughton is an MI6 agent who is sent on a mission to Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall. She’s sent to retrieve a priceless dossier and take down this ruthless espionage ring but she finds out that she’s going up against much more than she signed on for. The beautiful and extremely dangerous spy finds out quickly that there’s very few people she can trust on this mission because there’s several sides at play here. She does find an ally to help her for a while but the mission is so dangerous this help doesn’t last long. Broughton is pretty much on her own as she maneauvers her way through this mission, dodging countless bullets, and taking on a small army of hit men. The sexy super spy does finally complete this dangerous task of hers and ultimately exposes the ones who turned on her along the way.

Okay, Atomic Blonde is an adrenaline junkies dream come true. The movie is an action-packed watch from beginning to end and I had a blast with it. The story is really the only flaw that the movie has because it’s a little messy and too confusing for what’s going on here. What makes up for it is the cast that’s led by Charlie Theron who puts on one heck of a show as this strong female lead. I really got into this interesting character that’s just so much fun to follow and there’s a lot of mystery to her as well. Theron is also complimented by a great supporting cast. David Leitch did a fantastic job directing this movie that’s full of some really exciting action scenes and well choreographed stunts. The movie also features the longest single-take action scene I’ve ever witnessed and it’ll blow your freaking minds when you watch it. This scene alone takes the movie to a whole new level! Atomic Blonde is one of the best movies of the year as far as I’m concerned.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is flat black and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Atomic Blonde is hands down one of my favorite movies of the year. Sure, the story is a little messy but the incredible cast and fantastic action scenes make up for it. It’s just one of those movies you could watch on mute and still get a kick out of it. Charlize Theron’s character Lorraine Broughton is the female version of James Bond and John Wick and she’s so much fun to watch as she kicks all kinds of bad guy ass to complete this twisted mission of hers. It’s also as gritty and violent as those John Wick movies if that gives you any kind of indication of how cool this action-packed spy-thriller really is. David Leitch has some pretty darn cool action movies in his impressive resume and Atomic Blonde is definitely one of my personal favorites by the talented director. He captured everything he needed to make this movie the exciting visual experience that it is. Atomic Blonde will be available on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on November 14th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 114 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-X / Spanish and French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / English DD 2.0 / DVS

DVD Video: 16×9 Anamorphic Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / Spanish and French Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include six deleted/extended scenes, four behind-the-scenes featurettes, two storyboards, audio commentary and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes (07:23)
  • Welcome to Berlin – The ultimate setting for a Cold War spy thriller, Berlin becomes a character of its own. Go behind the wall for this making-off. (04:33)
  • Blondes Have More Gun – Lorraine Broughton has one impressive set of skills. See what it took for Charlize Theron to fully transform herself into this tenacious character. (07:01)
  • Spymaster – David Leitch spins the spy genre on its head through exemplary action sequences and complex characters. Hear from cast and crew what it was like to work with this cutting edge director. (04:18)
  • Anatomy of a Fight Scene – Director David Leitch breaks down the incredibly detailed long-take stairwell shot in this anatomy of a fight scene. (07:52)
  • Story in Motion: Agent Broughton – See Agent Broughton as you never have before in these motion storyboards. (02:16)
  • Story in Motion: The Chase – Gascoigne is on the run. Find out who’s after him in this motion storyboard. (01:38)
  • Feature Commentary with Director David Leitch and Editor Elisabet Ronaldsdottir
  • Digital HD Copy

 

 

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