Trailer: Atomic Blonde

I have little doubt that this Charlize Theron action vehicle will be anything less than excellent. You can see it right there with the single-take, medium-wide shot quality in the first minute of this trailer.

But folks, we have to talk about trailer cutting. This one is a hot mess. First the cliche ‘slowed down pop song cover’ here New Order’s Bizarre Love Triangle. Second the ensuing heavy-voice over montage is just a sloppy collage of scenes to a second song, this the original version of Queen’s Killer Queen. For a movie that is no doubt stylish, a lady version John Wick if you will: 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. With high caliber talent – supporting Theron is John Goodman, Toby Jones, James McAvoy and Algeria’s Sophia Boutella – one would think they could have a little discipline and coherence in the marketing.

But fair enough to all this criticism of form, my butts in the seat when Atomic Blonde comes out.

Kurt Halfyard
Resident culture snob.

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