Set in the days leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Atomic Blonde takes place in an underworld where the Cold War is over but the conflict continues, like the throbbing of a vestigial limb. In that respect—and perhaps that respect only—it belongs to the tradition of post-war thrillers like Carol Reed’s The Third Man or Andrzej Wajda’s Ashes and Diamonds, where danger and intrigue exist where they shouldn’t and the players involved are enmeshed in self-doubt and crippling mission drift. For the spies of Atomic Blonde, the purpose of chasing a MacGuffin called “The List” has been vastly diminished by world events, but they keep on fighting regardless. That’s who they are.
The degree to which Atomic Blonde takes any of this business seriously is an open question, given how little time is spent on political and existential chin-stroking and how much is devoted to fetishizing the era-specific fashion, interior design, and New Wave music. Yet it does explain why the film’s hollowness is a feature rather than a flaw, reflecting the mindset of kick-ass pulp heroine who submerges herself in an ice bath every night, as much to numb her conscience as to salve her wounds. She doesn’t know who to trust. She doesn’t know what she’s fighting for anymore. But nevertheless, she persists.
I was going to have the first bit of footage I showed to the world be the trailer, but with Net Neutrality in jeopardy, it’s probably better to start showing stuff sooner rather than later. Plus, you guys are cool, so… why not?
This is just a collection of almost-finished FX shots I put together and slapped some sound on. As you can see in posts below, I’ve been working on getting the full-sized bus set ready while I wait on the final puppets to come in. Until those last pieces are in place, I’ve just been working on vehicle FX and getting my ducks in a row.
Most of these shots are from an early sequence where our heroes are escaping Beverly Holes Maximum Security Prison. The prison itself is in the last long shot. Nothing is final, so don’t get clingy.
minor character in action movie:
gets hit by bicycle, dies
protagonist in action movie:
gets hit by truck, falls off building, narrowly escapes explosion, stays underwater three hours, battles piranha, breaks both legs, is shot seventeen times, lives to see tomorrow