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Charlize Goes Nuclear In “Atomic Blonde” This August

Fight, Kiss, Kill

Opening in IMAX® cinemas from the 18th of August and nationally on the 25th of August, this American action spy thriller will expose you to the deadly underworld of secret agents and the art of espionage. Based on The Coldest City, the 2012 graphic novel by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart, the movie uses the backdrop of the brutal and deadly period of 1980s Berlin.

South African born actress Charlize Theron plays the role of Lorraine Broughton – an undercover MI6 agent who is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents. The movie also stars Sofia Boutella and James McAvoy and is solely directed by David Leitch – which is his first solo credit as director, after co-directing John Wick with Chad Stahelski.

Broughton takes the viewer back to 1989, on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. She is ordered to cooperate with Berlin station chief David Percival (James McAvoy), and the two form an uneasy alliance, unleashing their full arsenal of skills in pursuing a threat that jeopardises the West’s entire intelligence operation.

Both Theron and McAvoy outperform themselves in the movie’s hard-hitting fight scenes with Theron cracking two teeth while filming. The movie took five years to complete and during that time Theron had eight personal trainers to help her master her intensely physical performance. She also trained with Keanu Reeves who was preparing for John Wick: Chapter 2.

Classification: 16 LV
Running time: 1h 55min
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller

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By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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