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Agent Lorraine Broughton
The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, the steely and seductive top-level agent for the MI6 is an unapologetic warrior who’s equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, and who’s willing to deploy all of her skills to stay alive on the impossible mission of navigating through the deadliest game of spies.
Agent David Percival
A charming, conniving but reckless Berlin station chief, and Agent Broughton’s fellow MI6 operative, who runs a feral contraband game far from the prying eyes of London and relishes in the brutal and deadly environment that lets him run wild throughout the merciless city.
CIA Operative Emmett Kurzfeld
A high-ranking CIA operative who’s been dispatched from the U.S. to monitor Agent Broughton’s mission and run a joint assignment with the MI6 to recover a mircrofilm dossier of operatives that puts agents’ lives at stake if it falls into the wrong hands.
Agent Delphine Lasalle
An idealistic, young and adventurous French intelligence agent on her first real mission, forced to go head-to-head with the major players, whose captivation with Agent Broughton intensifies into a sizzling affair.
An enigmatic man who owns an elegant jewelry store and is entrusted with a watch that potentially contains the list of MI6 operatives that the agents are after.
A brilliant man, codenamed 'Spyglass,' thought to be in possession of a microfilmed list with the identities of all Western agents operating in Berlin that could jeopardize the West’s entire intelligence operation if compromised.
Oscar-winner Charlize Theron stars as elite MI6's most lethal assassin and the crown jewel of her Majesty's secret intelligence service, Lorraine Broughton. When she's sent on a covert mission into Cold War Berlin, she must use all of the spycraft, sensuality and savagery she has to stay alive in the ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors. Broughton must navigate her way through a deadly game of spies to recover a priceless dossier while fighting ferocious killers along the way in this breakneck action-thriller from director David Leitch (John Wick).
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It does a great job of capturing that era, with all the grit and the glitz and tudes.
And the action is very realistic and the damage that comes from that kind of action is shown well. They do a good job portraying that. The heros get the crap kicked out of them and keep on fighting.
They managed to surprise me a couple of times without breaking the flow.
Well Done. The Bubba Man gives it 2 thumbs up!
But . . . I don't say that to complain about that movie . . . as I said, it's just to set perspective. It is actually a really solid movie based on a comic book called "The Coldest City" (which I personally thought would have been a MUCH better title). The plot moves along at a satisfying pace. The audience is not overwhelmed with characters or information to keep track of, but at the same time the story is not spoon-fed to you either. Some of the 'twists' were a bit weak (I did call the 'big' twist at the end a mile away) but the other standard plot points were crafted well. The dialogue was pretty solid overall. The movie does do a lot of the 'main character being interrogated/debriefed in a secret spy room and tells the main story' scenes . . . which can be a bit of a tired plot device and really only manages to not be boring if the performances and writing in those bits is very well done. In this case, yeah, it was pretty ok. It's not going to reinvent the genre or anything, but it's not rote and boring.
Theron is solid as always. I can't remember the last time I wasn't happy with one of her performances. Sure she's been IN crap movies, but her acting is usually on point. I was very pleasantly surprised to see her doing her own stunts (at least a bunch of them anyway). Her action scenes are very solidly choreographed and craft a brilliant balance between brutality and desperation with Charlize often facing off against opponents who outnumber her and who outsize her in a one-on-one situation. As such, the choreography features a lot of creative and somewhat realistic combat.
The supporting cast is good, James Mcavoy hams it up and chews the scenery every chance he gets (maybe a bit too much here and there, but he's ok overall). John Goodman, Toby Jones and James Faulkner add a nice bit of class to the film (as they tend to do in whatever they are added to). Sofia Boutella get's shoehorned in as a kind of unnecessary love interest (her character was not in the comic book) and her scenes do kind of slow the movie down a bit, which I was pretty sad about as she was really good in Kingsman. TIl Schweiger and Eddie Marsan (two of my favorite, "Oh hey, it's that guy!" actors) show up in small roles that really do help to flesh things out. Daniel Bernhardt also shows up for probably the best fight scene in the whole movie (which is not surprising as he was one of the best parts of John Wick as well).
All in all . . . a really solid spy thriller/action flick.