So, how many of you likes spy films? You know, like 007. Well, our feature for the day is a recently released spy movie that starred Charlize Theron and was entitled ‘Atomic Blonde’ based on the novel, ‘The Coldest City’.
Did know about this?? Okay, it’s understandable. Besides, it barely made a week in cinemas on this part of the world. Why? Let’s first check this out..
While the reviews were generally good, guess many somehow finds the film not interesting. Really. Just from the trailer alone. So, how could movie goers be enticed to see this film when they find it, what, sinister?? Like, Charlize seems to be always in the ‘dark’ — and talks like she’s constantly scheming.
Of course, it’s a spy film! That’s why. But ‘said’ good guys don’t really scheme. They just react in the moment. Anyway, the movie is a low budget one yet it has already doubled its box office — thanks to Charlize. Yes. Though she was using a ‘bedroom’ voice in an action film, she in fact did well in her portrayal. In fact, most of the actors did. Especially James McAvoy who played David Percival, a ‘double agent’ stationed in Berlin.
However, there are more explanations that needs to be done here by its creators. Like, since Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is not an alien or something, there should be some hints on her unusual strength. Just listen to the sound effects! Her punches and those she took. Well, unless you’re Ronda Rousey, that’s pretty rare in females.
Sure, she also had her bruises but not until so many fights which makes it quite surreal! See, being a top notch spy is not enough an explanation to be super strong — as those who have come to know spy films, most females are stereotyped on the sensual side of the story — save for a few like Michelle Yeoh on her role in the 007 film Tomorrow Never Dies.
Another question would be the use of inappropriate music for some scenes. Like, when Delphine (Sofia Boutella) got killed, why play ’99 Luftballons’? Yes, it was mellow but that’s not enough. Somebody died. And we know the tune of the song to be hyper, so even if you mellow the tune, the lyrics would just make you recall its beat. They could have just removed the lyrics and played it softly if they really wanted that song. Makes sense?
Then we also have the ‘lesbian’ love scene between Lorraine and Delphine. While Hollywood may be trying to incorporate ‘openmindedness’ into films, guess many parts of the world are not ready for this. Spirituality and culture should always be considered. See, the scene was just sort of wild. The lesbian subplot was not even in the original book!
Lastly, the narrative just had a lot of twists. Mystery in movies should watch their step and not try to outdo other films of its genre by making people keep scratching their heads. Like the enigma of Satchel for one. Hey, Charlize was a ‘triple’ agent — like, an American agent feigning to be a British agent for MI6 with the intent of getting the Russians’ trust and so, act like a double agent for them. In the end, she was actually just manipulating everybody. Hmm.