Atomic Blonde (2017)

Every bit as entertaining and glossy as it seems, Charlize Theron’s debut as a spy is basically a well-done, visually striking and entertaining version of 2010’s “Salt.” Theron is a terrific lead here, playing with a nudge and a wink but without missing a damn beat during the action set-pieces, which are exciting and surprisingly grisly. The movie moves at breakneck speed and is blessed with a pitch-perfect semi-serious tone, along with strong supporting work from James McAvoy and Sofia Boutella. Director David Leitch is perfectly at ease with the source material (the 2012 graphic novel “The Coldest City”) and proves to be a confident visual storyteller, but really this is Theron’s movie, and she’s just perfect for the role. Watch for an incredibly tense and effective sequence halfway through, as Theron attempts to transport a whistleblower through crowded streets while tailed by snipers.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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