Who doesn’t love these Spy Movies. James Bond, Ethan Hunt, Jason Bourne, names that even if you haven’t seen their films you still know. One of the things missing from the spy movie scene is some serious ladies, sorry
Melissa McCarthy but 2015′s Spy doesn’t count. Now women in the spy scene have been around. We’ve some serious ladies like Angelina Jolie in Salt and Anne Parillaud in La Femme Nikita. The problem is while there have been other female leads in a spy movie it was either comedy or shared the screen with a male lead. So when I heard Charlize Theron was to star in a serious spy movie as the main lead I got excited and had to see this film in theaters. So was it a great film or more Atomic Bomb?
The story in a nut shell:
A list is missing and a mole are at large. MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is brought into a recorded interview of some events that just previously transpired. Events that have to do with these things. She must explain what happen and why.
Plot Twist and Turns
Plot Confusion Near End
So what did I think:
‘Clap Clap Clap’ That was me when the screen faded to black and the credits began to roll. This movie has everything. Fast action, twist and turn spy story, beautiful people doing bad things, sex, guns, car chase, and one hell of a soundtrack.
Let’s get right into this one. Lorraine Broughton is the new spy person for me. I absolutely love this character. Her style is fresh and I love the way she just does everything. She comes off as cold and callous with a hint of caring. She’s a bad ass fighter but not perfect. The imperfections of her character is what really makes her stand out. Too many times in a spy film the lead is unstoppable till the end when they must face the villain the only real treat to them. This movie is not the case. Every bad guy could potentially kill her, but her training and focus is what gets her out of these situations and I love it. Sure I know your saying isn’t it the same for other spy characters? No its not the same. In most spy movies the main lead barely gets roughed up, something I feel only the latest Bond films have finally done.
The opening shot of this film is a roughed up Lorraine. From the start you know she is not invincible. Her fighting style is also amazing. Instead of a focus on pure power moves her strikes are more precise and are more meant to knock back and weaken as appose to one shot knock outs. Cause of this it leads to some amazing action fight scenes that last and have a sense of how is she going to get out of this. A lot of the fights also have a realistic feel to them. No showering bad guys with bullets and they still keep walking. Another thing is she barely uses guns. Nice to see a beautiful women kick some butt.
The story is rather fun as well. You are filled with a mix of this is what’s happening, but at the same time you still don’t know what’s really going on. This in no way hinders the movie as you feel more in the spy world of mix truths, lies, and deceits. I will say a point towards the end of the film I actually had no idea what was happening, but after seeing the film as a whole I made sense, so don’t worry if at one moment if you feel lost.
The other major thing about this film was the look and soundtrack. Everything looks so damn interesting even the trashy looking places. The soundtrack is a nice mix of classic 80′s beats and gives the film the time zone feel it’s in while sounding awesome and fresh. I’m listening to Behind the Wheel by Depeche Mode as I write this funny enough (It’s a song in the film). I would say next to Guardians of the Galaxy this is the best use of older music in a film.
If you love 80′s music, spy women, and a twist and turn story. Go see this film. If you don’t like that, go see this film anyways. Its an amazing film.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Rent it | Buy it | Netflix it