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While the summer movie season is full of sequels and franchises that we've seen before, one of the most anticipated films is actually a brand new story. Atomic Blonde has Charlize Theron at her most badass, and the newest trailer proves it. She's a one-woman army taking down everybody who gets in her way by any means necessary, even if that means beating a guy half to death with a shoe. Check it out.
Atomic Blonde has been described as the female John Wick, in large part because the two films share director David Leitch, and while it's fairly obvious to see where the comparison comes from, the trailer shows Atomic Blonde to be very much its own movie. While Wick exists in a world of hyper-style, Blonde feels much more grounded and gritty, Charlize Theron's shoes that uses as weapons notwithstanding. There's much more hand-to-hand combat going on and even in the trailer, it all feels visceral and real.
In Atomic Blonde Charlize Theron plays Lorraine Broughton a professional assassin and secret agent in the employ of Her Majesty's Secret Service. Her mission in the film is not specifically to murder anybody, it's to get an important dossier out of Berlin, but we're assuming that there are other forces that would like the same information, leading to Broughton doing whatever she must to be sure she's the one that gets it first. We also see that the plot involves the death of another agent, with whom she was close, though that's apparently information that she's able to keep private, at least at first.
There does seem to be another part of the story as, at the end of the trailer, Charlize Theron's character talks about being setup. She's being interrogated in a few different scenes. One wonder's if the movie itself will be told in flashback after this mission is actually over, as everybody tries to piece together exactly what happened. Will our lead be the once accused of killing agents? It appears that may very well be the case.
An early screening at SXSW has given the film solid reviews so far so for those of us who are looking for a bit more hardcore action this summer will likely be happy. The movie has not yet been rated but everything about it feels like it will be a serious R-rated affair. The red-band trailer that was dropped earlier had a pair of F-bombs in it, which by itself usually means an R-rating is guaranteed. We're guessing those won't be the only thing that makes Atomic Blonde an adult movie.
We can't wait to see more of Atomic Blonde when the movie finally arrives in theaters on July 28.