If I ever decided to start cataloging my top ten favorite trailers, Atomic Blonde would be near the top. It’s about as perfect a trailer as you could ever put together. And you’ll get no disagreement from me that it was selling a female John Wick. The music, the action all comes together to make you want to see that movie.
I’m glad I saw the movie, but the trailer didn’t lie. It didn’t lie about the music. A very strong 80’s vibe with a mix of popular and eclectic tracks from the 80’s to match the time period:
And it didn’t lie with all the stylized shots. Gritty, dark and grey Berlin contrasted with smart and stylish clothing worn by our heroine. At one point she complains that the KGB made her as soon as she landed, and you have to wonder, with those outfits and that striking blonde hair and fatale sunglasses, how could they miss her?
The plot, as Alan points out, is a standard list of spies that needs securing, but I very much appreciated the setting of late 80’s Berlin and the imminent fall of the wall. It gave an air of authenticity and brought back memories of watching it on TV. I’d also say the plot does more than just move us from one action scene to another. First off there aren’t that many action scenes, and secondly its simplicity is paralleled with a more complex sub-plot of “get to the truth” of this mess.
Another movie popped into my head, but it’s pretty spoilery:
I couldn’t help but think of Apocalypse Now with David Percival being our Kurtz. He’s wandered so far off the reservation and Miss Broughton is setting out to investigate how much of its true.
The trailer didn’t lie about the action. It’s hard hitting, fast and our heroine Lorraine is very focused. One particular scene involving a cork-screw quickly brought to mind the great flick True Romance, but it also highlighted our heroine’s professionalism, get it done with anything at hand attitude. Another scene “Wait, Wait don’t shoot” is met with a cold determined pull of a trigger.
Trailers are there to get you to see the movie and while the trailer for Atomic Blonde may have misled me into believing this was going to have a much higher body count, I’m happy that I saw it.