December 02, 2021

Atomic Blonde is a 2017 American thriller that was based on The Coldest City, a novel written by the duo of Anthony Johnstad and Sam Hart. The film was directed by David Leitch while it was written by Kurt Johnstad.

The story proper was about a spy agent who was giving the onerous task of detecting some double agents who were being smuggled through the iron curtains into the the West just before the reunification of Germany in 1989. During a period when Capitalism and Communism were on a serious war of attrition, nothing could be more dangerous than being a spy of one against the other.

When your job description is dangerous, occupational hazards becomes a daily occurence

The first global premiere of atomic Blonde was viewed at South by Southwest on the 12th of March 2017 while subsequently, it was theatrically released in the United States on the 28th of July 2017 and was able to gross $90 million globally.

The Crew

Atomic Blonde was directed by David Leitch. Screenplay was by Kurt Johnstad while music is by Tyler Bates.

The Production team included:

  • Charlize Theron
  • Beth Kono
  • A. J. Dix
  • Kelly McCormick
  • Eric Gitter
  • Peter Schwerin

The film was edited by elisabet Ronaldsdottir and Cinematography by Jonathan Sela.

The production company includes:

  • Denver and Delilah Productions
  • Closed on Mondays Entertainment and
  • 87Eleven


During the late 1980’s, a period known for its intrigues and wide divide between the East and West, with each side holding desperately trying to hold on to Communism and Capitalism respectively, and the Berlin Wall at the epicentre of this struggle, an M16 agent by the name James Gascoigne was greusomely murdered by Yuri Bakhtin, a KGB agent.
It was a high profile political killing and with the stakes already high, it unleashed a chain of events as agents of each side tries to outwit one another in a battle for supremacy.

Critical Response

Atomic Blonde has a largely positive rating from the viewing public, it has an approval rating of 75% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Its actions and fighting scenes were equally highly rated as appearing so real rather than a make believe stunt. The film has a high entertainment value that will keep anybody glued to the screen all through its 115 minutes till the very end just as some 1980’s classic songs used in the soundtrack compliments the action.

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