ATOMIC BLONDE with Charlize Theron, A Trailer

via press release

Oscar® winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in Atomic Blonde, a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors.

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.

A blistering blend of sleek action, gritty sexuality and dazzling style, Atomic Blonde is directed by David Leitch (John Wick, upcoming Deadpool 2). Also starring John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones, the film is based on the Oni Press graphic novel series“The Coldest City,” by Antony Johnston & illustrator Sam Hart. Kurt Johnstad (300) wrote the screenplay.

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Normally, I expect films with Charlize Theron in them to be potentially fun screen products. And the story behind Atomic blonde looks fun.


I see everyone is now trying to blend scenes from their trailers to the trailer music, since it worked so well for that bomb of a film, Suicide Squad, but what the hell is up with the step, step, hit action scenes?

I was watching a few different 'altercations' and it felt like I was back in the 70s. People are yelling 'aaah' every time they get hit. The punching and/or hits look very staged, and this is in the trailer. Trailers thare are designed to be the temptation to get you in the theater.

After seeing the lackluster fight choreography, I was even more disappointed to see that the director in this film also helmed John Wick and is directing Deadpool 2. Shit!

So I looked up fight choreographers. In John Wick, it was  Jonathan Eusebio, who also directed the fight choreography for Avengers, the Expendables Trilogy, 300, the Bourne Ultimatum. Ah, I see the connection now.

But in this film, Jon Valera is the "fight coordinator!" And looking at this credits, he worked under Eusebio in John Wick and the Expendables, but was also did fight coordination for Hitman Agent 47, The Wolverine, The Hunger Games... and was either the utility stunts guy or asst to the coordinator in a bunch of other films.

So bottom line, I don't know why the fight scenes in the trailer look like a 'punch by the numbers' scenario. Maybe they're editing things to time up with the music? Who knows.

As it stands, I'm not seriously impressed and to be honest, if a film is about a character who fights for their life, the struggles have to look real and well coordinated.  But that's just me.

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