At first glance, it seems easy to pigeonhole Atomic Blonde as little more than the female John Wick. Directed by David Leitch, one half of the directorial team that brought us the Keanu Reeves original and featuring the same frenetic style, it’s a easy assumption to make.
But Atomic Blonde is a film that looks further afield for inspiration, drawing on the best elements of Bond, Bourne and beyond. It looks set to deliver the same postmodern spy thrills of films like The Kingsmen and The Man from U.N.C.L.E, with a healthy dose of stylised sexuality.
Based on the Antony Johnston’s 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, it follows Charlize Theron’s MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton, who’s tasked with finding double agents being smuggled into the West from Berlin in 1989.
It boasts a suitably killer 80’s soundtrack (Blue Monday, 99 Luftballoons) befitting a kickass Cold War secret agent, and a stellar supporting cast that includes John Goodman, Toby Jones and James McEvoy.
Atomic Blonde premiered at South by Southwest last week and hits US cinemas on July 28.