Charlize Theron succeeds in bringing another strong female character to life in this action-packed adaptation of the graphic novel “The Coldest City” in Atomic Blonde. Theron, who says she performed all her own stunts, sports the blonde hair like a trophy just as good as Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde back in 2001. This movie packs a punch literally as her skills in combat are front and center in her mission to solve the murder of a fellow agent and stop from a list of double agents in the MI6 during The Cold War.
The story is told through flashbacks The Usual Suspects style interrogated about the days leading up to her briefing on what happened on her mission. Looking pretty beat up as she is being questioned gives the impression that this mission was not an easy one and that assumption is true. Director David Leitch provides amazing action sequences and fight scenes to keep your attention and leaves no room to call shenanigans. Each time you see a punch, a kick, a throw, a gunshot is clear to see and looks painful. You start to wonder if they did take a few punches during filming. Superb fighting choreography in my opinion.
7500 or Flight 7500 is just going to be another number besides Flight 180 to avoid when I take a flight to somewhere after watching this film. If I didn’t have a fear of flying already I have more of one now. I saw trailers to this film a long time ago and waited patiently for a release on the big or small screen but never got it. Even though movie was gone with no official release it was never forgotten. I always kept my eyes open for when it would be released for me to watch it. I decided to finally look on Amazon and there it was.
Why was I so eager to see this movie so much? Well, one reason could be the old saying, “You always want what you can’t have”. It could also be the fact that this movie was advertised around the time HBO’s True Blood was on and the popularity of Ryan Kwanten had skyrocketed with his good looks and charisma. Mainly, my reason is that I have special place in my movie heart for horror movies and seeing as I got a ghostly vibe from the trailer, those tend to get to me more than other types in the genre.
Here is a trailer to remind you what I was looking forward to.
I remember when the trailer to It Comes At Night was released and I was so intrigued with how well the trailer was done. The trailer gave nothing away as far as plot, fewer words spoken, shots of images to make your heart pump with excitement and fear but mostly a curiosity. Just as a reminder, get yourself in the mood of this spoiler free review by watching the trailer below.
I chose to show this trailer because it was the only one I chose to watch. I was sold. I didn’t want to know anymore about it. I had so many theories and ideas on what I was going to see. I just wanted to know what the hell was up with that damn red door. I decided to just go in and just watch in the moment. There are more revealing trailers out there but I chose not to watch them. If you want to experience the movie in the same way, I would watch before receiving other people’s opinions. If not, let’s keep going.
Back again with another recommendation for you followers. I trust that you already know of this amazing film but in case you don’t I want to introduce you to a smart clever and twisty movie called The Game. To this day, this is one of the first movies that I watched that made me feel like an adult. With the cast, the plot, the tone, this movie shouldn’t have been on my radar as interest given how young I was when I watched it. I walked out feeling very sophisticated watching such an adult movie that made you think, pay attention, and listen to dialogue more than watching things blow up in front of you to keep you engaged.
The Game (1997)
Director: David Fincher
Writers: John Brancato & Michael Ferris
Cast: Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger, and James Rebhorn
Plot: A wealthy banker on his 48th Birthday is set as an example as to test out what you give a man who has everything. That very gift is an opportunity to participate in a game. An interactive game involving mystery and adventure which turns his life upside down not knowing what is reality and what is the game.
My first recommendation I want to bring to your attention is my favorite movie of all time. With the thousands and thousands of movies I could pick for my favorite this movie stands out from the bunch.
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Writers: John Landis, Jonathan Lynn
Cast: Tim Curry, Leslie Ann Warren, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Martin Mull, Eileen Brennan, Michael McKean, Colleen Camp, and Lee Ving.
Plot: Six guest, strangers to each other are invited to an old mansion for a dinner party hosted by a butler who later involves them in solving the murder of Mr. Boddy.
My goal with watching A Cure For Wellness was to get an intriguing unique puzzle to solve and get creeped out in the process. The trailer definitely gives you that vibe that you are going to be taken on a wild and weird ride questioning what is real and what isn’t. The sales pitch was great but they took a very long time to close the deal.
Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, Kill Your Darlings) plays Lockhart, an ambitious money hungry executive sent on a mission to retrieve his companies CEO to complete a merger that will make him and the other board members a lot of money. The CEO Mr. Pembroke is staying in a sanctuary in the Swiss Alps run by Volmer played by Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter Series) where they give patients and opportunity to go through treatments and the cure to help with their illness. During this journey Lockhart uncovers a mystery that doesn’t want to be discovered.
Girl on the Train has some great moments to keep your attention but falls flat once everything is wrapped together.
Emily Blunt(Devil Wears Prada) leads the cast in this dark, gritty, and seductive mystery as a woman named Rachel Watson who recently had a divorce from her former husband Tom played by Justin Theroux (HBO’s The Leftovers, a.k.a. the jogger in the grey sweatpants). Since the divorce you can say that Rachel has hit almost rock bottom by drinking any chance she gets and creating an obsession with two other women. While she is riding on the train every day she passes by slowly enough to be able to get a good look at two homes neighboring each other. In one home she sees the perfect couple, a couple that everyone would want to be in. In the other is her former husband shacked up with a new wife and they now have a child together. This voyeurism leads to obsession than stalking which unravels in a mystery that she is hellbent on solving while dealing with her own inner demons and past behaviors.