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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.

‘Atomic Blonde’ Is A Blast

Photo: Universal Pictures


“Atomic Blonde” Trailer

Director: David Leitch
Cinematographer: Jonathan Sela
Editor: Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir
Production Designer: David Scheunemann

Post: Chimney Berlin

Cast: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, Toby Jones

Based: Antony Johnston’s Graphic Novel “The Coldest City“


Year: 2017


Atomic Blonde - Chapter 1: Father Figure

Atomic Blonde - Chapter 2: The Politics Of Dancing

Atomic Blonde - Chapter 3: Major Tom

Atomic Blonde - Chapter 4: Blue Monday

This is one movie I cannot wait to see!!

Charlize Theron.

Step aside, Jason Bourne!!


Thanks in advance for watching and sharing!

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.

More to come!

Real talk, I’m SOOOO happy that the critical and commercial successes of Mad Max: Fury Road & John Wick have brought about an action movie renaissance.

One where we simply are not content with “Bay-hem” (a la Transformers) and carnage porn predicated on overly testosterone-induced displays of visual grandeur.

One that particularly centers itself squarely on a well-executed narrative rife with character choices and development.

One that instinctively understands that the average moviegoer isn’t a moron and can actually handle symbolism strewn about the film.

One that understands that action is ultimately a vehicle to further the objectives of individual characters, not just an empty spectacle.