Atomic Blonde iTunes Code
"The clock is ticking and everyone you get close to ends up dead."
By Whitt Patrick Pond TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 2, 2017
Directed by David Leitch (John Wick) from a screenplay by Kurt Johnstad (300) based on the graphic novel by Anthony Johnson and Sam Hart, Atomic Blonde is an action spy-thriller set in Berlin in 1989 against the backdrop of the rising chaos that preceded the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
The film wastes no time getting things moving. In Berlin, on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, a British MI6 agent, James Gasciogne (Sam Hargrave) is shot and killed by a Russian KGB agent, Yuri Bakhtin (Jˇhannes Jˇhannesson). Bakhtin proceeds to steal Gasciogne's watch, which contains "the List", a piece of microfilm apparently containing dossiers on every active field agent in Europe and the Soviet Union. Ten days later, Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron, in an outstanding performance), a top spy for MI6, is brought in for a debriefing by MI6 executive Eric Gray (Toby Jones) and CIA agent Emmett Kurzfeld (John Goodman) about her mission to Berlin, which we learn was to recover the List and to find and assassinate a double-agent code-named Satchel who betrayed Gasciogne to the Russians. Observing the debriefing behind a two-way mirror is MI6 head Chief C (James Faulkner). The bulk of the story is then told in flashback as Lorraine tells her superiors what happened in the ten days since Gasciogne's murder.
Note: the unfolding plot is highly convoluted. It helps to understand that in the film, "the List" is what Hitchcock famously called "the MacGuffin" which is "A plot device that motivates the characters and advances the story, particularly one whose importance is accepted completely by the story's characters, yet from the audience's perspective it might be minimally explained or may test their suspension of disbelief if it is scrutinized." The only thing you need to know about "the List" is that everyone - the British, the Russians, the East Germans and other, more grey parties - wants it and will go to any lengths to get it.