Last we saw good ol' James Bond on screen he seemed ready to settle down and walk away form the spy life for good. Charlize Theron's character in Atomic Blonde has no such qualms. Theron's Lorraine Broughton is ready to take on the mantle as our favorite big screen spy with a license to kill and a penchant for foreign women.
The first trailer was jam packed full of more sex and violence than most full-length movies contain. We saw Theron pound down two rogue's galleries worth of bad guys and still manage to find time to have a elicit tryst with a rival female agent played by Algerian actress Sofia Boutella. In the just-released second trailer we get a sense of what else the upcoming flick has to offer: namely a plot. We learn that in the midst of trying to take down an international espionage ring in 1980s Berlin she may have wound up being double-crossed by one of her own allies.
"I chose this life, and someday it's going to get me killed," coos Theron by way of introduction. "But not to day."
Set to an epic soundtrack of New Order's "Blue Monday," and ear worm mashup of Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" and Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus," we're introduced the character of Broughton—"expert in intelligence collection and hand-to-hand combat"–and find she's tasked with figuring out who killed a fellow agent she may or may not have had a romantic past with. She meets up with James McAvoy's character by the way, all the while being advised by characters played by John Goodman and Toby Jones, each character actor veterans of spy films of yore, with Jones serving up a particularly memorable turn in the John le Carre adaptation Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Naturally, there's a bit more sex and violence thrown in as well, in case you didn't get enough from the first trailer.
The flick is based on Antony Johnston's 2013 graphic novel The Coldest City, the first of a series of books set in Berlin after the fall of the wall.
David Leitch, the director of John Wick and the upcoming Deadpool 2, helmed the picture from a script by Kurt Johnstad.
The movie already made its debut at South By Southwest last month, and was greeted warmly by critics.
"Charlize Theron is the hero we need right now: As devilishly self-serving and smooth as Bond, as physically dynamic and stoic as Wick, Lorraine is confidently equipped to join the legacy of great movie action heroes and she doesn’t need your permission to do it," raved Britt Hayes at ScreenCrush.
The film is set to role out nationwide on July 28th.
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