I picked this up as a new 4K owner, and so far it is my favorite in the collection. When the movie came out, a lot of the trailers had a vibe that screamed John Wick, and come to find out it's directed by the same guy... so that makes a lot of sense now. I discounted it as a female John Wick knockoff while it was in theaters and never really intended to watch it. I decided to give it a shot considering I had recently seen Charlize Theron in an interview on Hot Ones and remembered how entertaining of an actor she can be. And wow, I was decently surprised at how good this movie really is.
This movie is definitely a great one to watch in 4K with the 80's infusion of music and lighting. Lorraine's room is probably one of the best environments of the movie because of the hot & cold neon lighting that really plays well in the scenes, but looks phenomenal. There are a few bar scenes that also really capitalize from being in 4K just due to lighting and the music, one in particular in a restroom that just really pops color-wise.
The soundtrack is a mixture of 80's music and a score composed by Tyler Bates who is one of the leading names right now for modern movie scores. I'm really not one for 80's music but all of the drops fit pretty well with the scenes, and in a few of them they play along with the scene perfectly. The score is also well used throughout and is peppered in to create some dramatic moments that really pay off.
The extras are where this movie really shined because it allowed me to watch the film again with director's commentary. Surprisingly, the movie isn't all about the action despite being heavily advertised as such. The director really had a larger vision for the movie and explains a lot of the detail that I missed the first time around. Also, giving the movie more context and why things ended up the way they were really made me appreciate the movie that much more.
For a Cold War spy thriller, it's pretty heavy on the action with a spectacular "one-er" towards the end of the film that really caps the whole thing off. The tension built throughout the movie's multiple twists and turns really close with a bang at the end of the movie, and they even go one step further to give this movie a potential future with sequels or additional stories. I'm highly interested in the novel that this was based off of now, though it is clearly not going to have as much action as this. It's not comparable to John Wick as an action movie, but aesthetically and emotionally it's right on par I'd say.
Atomic Blonde was a huge surprise and I highly recommend it for fans of action, spy flicks, and just generally good movies. I also really recommend watching the director's commentary if you enjoy the film. One of my best 4K purchases thus far. Slipcover came in great condition, no terrible stickers on the product. Both 4K & Blu-ray physical copies included inside w/ digital copy insert.