Atomic Blonde (2017)
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.
Charlize Theron is gorgeous and this movie showed that off even as it beat the crap out of her. The movie was a spy thriller with more than your usual action moments for that genre, which I appreciated. Theron took on the KGB, MI6, random Germans, pretty much anyone you can think of she beat the crap out of them. I really liked that even with all that going on it showed her getting tired and slowing down. She wasn’t just a machine that kept going.
I also really liked that while she used her sexuality she didn’t rely on it and it wasn’t the main weapon in her arsenal. She was smart and methodical and she trusted no one.
I was surprised by the ending and enjoyed it. A few people have said they thought it cheapened the deeper lesson that the movie was trying to teach, but if there was a deeper lesson it was lost on me so I didn’t feel that way.
I liked the movie a lot and I hope that we get to continue to see Charlize Theron in action type roles.
John Wick (2014)
David Leitch, Chad Stahelski
An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.
I really wish there were more action movies like this one. It had some flaws but they were minor and they bothered me less than the flaws of other action movies.
Never go see an action movie for its story. I’ve said that before but it bears repeating. The plot was cliche but the conflict was created quickly and once it began we had few breaks in action.
The world that was created was actually really interesting and I’d like to see more of it. There was a hotel that was a sanctuary and no one could be attacked while there. People were paid in solid gold coins, and if you had bodies to dispose of you called in a dinner party. I thought it was fun.
I really liked how the movies was shot. There was no shaky cam, which is the bane of my existence. There weren’t too many quick cuts, and you saw the action that was going on. With all the hype and positive reviews for this movie I really hope more movies imitate how it was shot.
Action wise I could have done without the wrestling moves. Wallowing on the ground choking people is just not my thing. Other than that really liked it.