Director: David Leitch
Cast: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, Toby Jones, Daniel Bernhardt, Sam Hargrave
Age Restriction: 16 L V
Runtime: 1hr 55min
Release Date: 25 August 2017
Keanu Reeves' John Wick is a character viewers have quickly come to love. Because of the fictional assassin's popularity, it didn't take long for Hollywood to bring us our very own female version.
The only difference between Reeves' Wick and Charlize Theron's Lorraine Broughton is that the latter isn't an assassin, but a MI6 killing machine.
John Wick co-director David Leitch takes the helm, transporting audiences to 1989 Berlin – prior to the events of the Berlin Wall collapse.
Lorraine's mission is not the above-mentioned wall, but uncovering a murder mystery and pursuing a list everybody wants to get their hands on.
Leitch – along with Theron's help – successfully establishes Lorraine as not only an excellent action star that rivals Reeves' Wick; but outperforms the latter in every way.
Theron makes Lorraine an instantly likeable lead, with a terrific performance that seems rather effortless for the South African born Oscar-winning actress.
James McAvoy also turns in an excellent performance as the eccentric David Percival – who assists Lorraine with her mission.
What makes Atomic Blonde superior to John Wick is that it's well-plotted, smart and full of twists and turns – unlike the latter's more straightforward tale.
Leitch also showcases his talent for humour, making his choice as the director for the upcoming Deadpool 2 all the more reassuring.
And let's not forget the impressive fighting choreography Theron's Lorraine engages on screen – and she puts up quite a fight.
Leitch also ensures that Lorraine is no mystery, with some excellent character work.
Verdict: David Leitch's excellent direction and Charlize Theron's presence not only make Atomic Blonde an excellent film; but a superior successor to John Wick.