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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.

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David Leitch

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Kurt Johnstad (screenplay by), Antony Johnston (based on the Oni Press graphic novel series "The Coldest City" written by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Lorraine Broughton
James McAvoy ... David Percival
Eddie Marsan ... Spyglass
John Goodman ... Emmett Kurzfeld
Toby Jones ... Eric Gray
James Faulkner ... Chief 'C'
Roland Møller ... Aleksander Bremovych (as Roland Moller)
Sofia Boutella ... Delphine Lasalle
Bill Skarsgård ... Merkel
Sam Hargrave ... James Gasciogne
Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson ... Yuri Bakhtin (as Jóhannes Jóhannesson)
Til Schweiger ... Watchmaker
Barbara Sukowa ... Coroner
Attila C. Arpa ... East German Guard #1 (as Attila Arpa)
Martin Angerbauer ... East German Guard #2
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Storyline

The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. Written by Focus Features

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Rated R for sequences of strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | Sweden | USA

Language:

English | German | Russian | Swedish

Release Date:

28 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Coldest City See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,286,420, 30 July 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,573,925, 28 September 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,658,045, 20 August 2017
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second film to feature Til Schweiger and play the song "Cat People" by David Bowie. The first was Inglourious Basterds (2009). Both films play "Cat People" while a woman looks in the mirror and applies makeup. Both films are about fictional government plots circling around actual historical events. See more »

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Outside the airplane, It's pouring and Lorraine is completely dry. See more »

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Ronald Reagan: East and West do not mistrust each other because we're armed. We're armed because we mistrust each other. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.
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The end credits are done in a green faux CRT-style font and end with an animation similar to an old CRT television turning off. See more »

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Oh, your hair is beautiful, oh, tonight - Atomic!
18 July 2018 | by one-nine-eightySee all my reviews

This cool, sexy and gritty spy action thriller is set during the concluding stages of the cold war in 1980's Berlin, where East and West are still separated by a wall, the police are brutal, the people live in fear, and poverty is rife. An MI6 spy has got hold of a list from a Soviet defector; the list contains names and information on a whole group of global spies from different countries networks, giving names as well as history. The list would prolong, if not ensure the Western world lost the cold war. Unfortunately the MI6 agent is assassinated. Although there is a theory on who has the list nobody is entirely certain, but it's a race against time to get the list as other countries spies all rush to be the first to claim the list for their country. We follow Lorraine Broughton (Theron), she's called in by MI6 to go to Berlin and retrieve the list. On arrival, she partners up with David Percival (McAvoy), who is an embedded spy in Berlin that knows the lay of the land. She soon discovers she's in a world where you can't trust anybody as she gets shot at, beaten up, drown, strangled and stabbed - but Lorraine is a tough nut, she's ready and willing to do whatever it takes, with or to whoever in order to do her job.

I really enjoyed this film, it was stylish and sleek while also being dirty and nasty, it was high octane and packed with thrills and action too, but it also had trudging slower moments too. Based on Antony Johnston's graphic novel "The Coldest City", the film really delivers the look and feel of what I have come to expect from graphic novella. It had multiple layers with twists and turns enough to keep me entertained and intrigued. It was refreshing to see a female spy deliver a performance that was probably grittier and more kick-ass than your typical Bond/Bourne performance. The fight choreography is brutal and raw, which is nice to see, I'm bored of perfect fight scenes where wired and roped actors perform a kung-Fu dance rather than try to survive. Yes, it looked like it hurt and it looked like Theron's character suffers - I'd expect this, unlike Hollywood's usual jump out of a 3rd story window and walk away with no cuts or bruises. Set in the 80's the film not just stylized the look and feel of the world being portrayed, but the film style itself, the cinematography followed many a film from the 80's in its set-up. It was like this film was themed 80's throughout but had the intelligence of a modern film. The soundtrack was fun, and it was lovely to see the psychological juxtapositions of generally happy music set against nasty backgrounds or violence - I guess based on other reviews, some people don't understand this concept. Nor do the other reviews do credit to the characters in the film and the performances - this isn't just a vehicle to show how cool and sexy Theron is (and she is); McAvoy isn't just drifting through the film for a pay check - he plays broken quite well; Goodman isn't sleepwalking into a film credit, this isn't going to end Boutelle's career because she plays a naïve French spy really well; Jones is believable as a bumbling office jockey - come on people, open your eyes!! A lot of the reviews I have read about this film really do the film an injustice - avoid the reviews and make your own mind up.

When it comes to rating films I'm tight with my stars, I would have awarded this a 7.5, but due to the terrible reviews I've seen I'm rounding up - Atomic Blonde can have an 8 out of 10 for me.


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