Atomic Blonde

โ€‹The trailer of Atomic Blonde gave a feeling that the film would be an incredibly cool, cold war thriller with insane action sequences. Unfortunately, the film is a letdown.

Lorraine, played by Charlize Theron, is an MI6 agent sent on a mission to Berlin to recover a stolen list of undercover secret agents. But with the Cold War coming to an end, Russian KGB also wants the list so they can control the post-conflict future. Lorraine is accompanied by David, played by James McAvoy, who is the MI6 station chief in Berlin.

The overall look of the film is highly stylized with lots of neon colors and graffiti-style titling filling up the frame. The action scenes are very real and brutal. There is a long single shot fight sequence which is bloody and messy without any theatrics. Charlize would certainly give a tough competition to James Bond and Jason Bourne.

Charlize Theron plays her part with ease and perfection. A talent like her is wasted in this film. Talking about fashion, Theronโ€™s outfits are the scene-stealers, which include spiky heels of all lengths & heights, coats fitted and cut to perfection.

The narrative lacks energy and the movie feels very dry being a spy action-thriller film. The makers have tried to make the story complicated which feels unnecessary. Keeping the plot a little simpler would have helped the film. Also, there is a lesbian sub plot which exists for no reason but to titillate the viewers and then give Theronโ€™s character someone to root for.

You don’t really feel the urgency which the story tries to convey throughout. The twists and turns in the story show up only in the second half which saves the film from being a total flop.

Overall, Atomic Blonde is a bland cocktail of action, style, and fashion which many won’t find entertaining. Watch it only for Charlize Theron.

Rating: ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹

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Genre: Action, Thriller

Directed by: David Leitch

Based on: The Coldest City by Antony Johnston, Sam Hart

Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Sofia Boutella, Toby Jones

Transformers: The Last Knight

Director Michael Bay is back with a long and incomprehensible 5th installment of the Transformers series in the form of Transformers: The Last Knight. This time the story is about Autobots and humans trying to stop a sorceress named Quintessa, who wants to restore Cybertron by destroying planet Earth.

The story starts some 1600 years back in history where the Transformers help King Arthur and his army to restore order on earth. Coming back to the present, Optimus Prime is captured and hypnotized by Quintessa to retrieve the ‘Staff’, a powerful weapon, from Earth. Cade Yaeger (Mark Wahlberg) is helping the Transformers in need in his huge junkyard. One day a dying transformer gives him a talisman which is supposed to help him stop the Decepticons from destroying Earth. Vivian Wembley(Laura Haddock) who is a history professor at Oxford, is the last descendant of King Arthur and is the only person who can activate the ‘Staff’. 

Phew! That’s a lot to process!

A lot of time is wasted on unnecessary things in the first half of the film. It won’t be wrong to say that the actual story picks up in the second half only. Also at many places, the comic dialogues do not really make you laugh. 

Many things are happening at the same time and sometimes it gets difficult to understand what’s really going on. Many new characters are added to the story with nothing much to contribute.

Sir Anthony Hopkins is also part of the film but is never used to his full potential. This film gives you the big explosive action sequences but lacks the fast pace edge of the seat thrill. Though, the fight sequence at the end looks epic with some great visual effects. 

Overall, Transformers: The Last Knight is only for the die-hard fans of the series and for those who like VFX-heavy action.

Rating: ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹

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Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Directed by: Michael Bay

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Peter Cullen, Gemma Chan

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge is a fantasy-action film and the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. This time Captain Jack Sparrow takes us on an adventure trip to find a map-less treasure which no man has managed to find till date.

Johnny Depp, Kevin McNally, and Geoffrey Rush reprise their roles as Jack Sparrow, Joshamee Gibbs, and Barbossa, respectively. The story has a new villain in the form of a Spanish Captain Armando Salazar, played by Javier Bardem. We also have two new characters Henry Turner and Carina Smyth.

Henry wants to free his father(Will Turner) from the curse, Carina wants to fulfill her father’s wish, Captain Salazar wants revenge from Jack and Jack wants to save himself from dying. All these things lead to one thing, finding the Trident of Poseido. It is a treasure which has the power to wash away all the curses of the sea.

Depp and Bardem carry the whole movie on their shoulders with their fine acting.  The story is low on excitement and curiosity but still, manages to entertain with some exciting visual effects. This movie tries to complete the whole franchise story by tying all the loose ends. You may feel the franchise is going to end. But do wait after the end credits for another surprise.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge has lots of action, comic scenes, and fantasy elements. Even though it is not the best film from the franchise but it will entertain you for sure.

Rating – ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹
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Genre: Fantasy, Action, Comedy

Directed by: Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg

Starring: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Geoffrey Rush