John Wick and its recent sequel might have caused a mini-revival in films described as ‘bad-ass action films with a neon aesthetic’. How about a female version?
That might be a slightly reductive description, though, because as the brand new trailer for Atomic Blonde below reveals, this has the potential to be its own entity. Though considering it’s directed by David Leitch, who co-directed John Wick, it’s an easy comparison to make.
The trailer is instantly attention grabbing with its opening doozy of a long take focusing on star, Charlize Theron, bringing the pain to a couple of burly men, before it morphs into the neon aesthetic mentioned above and an abundance of sex, bloody violence and hints at pretty crazy action setpieces. Plus, Queen are on the soundtrack. The marketing team definitely know their audience.
The film is based upon the graphic novel, The Coldest City, and alongside Theron will star James McAvoy, Toby Jones, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella and Eddie Marsan.
Despite an abundance of action trailers promising much and inevitably disappointing their audience, this looks rather impressive. With a great cast and a director at the helm who clearly knows how to direct action films, hopefully this can live up to its own high expectations.
Atomic Blonde hits cinemas Friday, July 28.