The John Wick franchise is the standard for action these days. Not just because of how big or amazing it, but because of how precise it is. It’s basically dancing with knives and guns. What’s better? Outside of the Keanu Reeves led series, what stands out? There’s the comic book stuff, which is cool, but sometimes same old same old. There’s Transformers, which gives us gigantic robot clanking ass-kicking, but not good movies. So what is there? This summer may hold that answer: Atomic Blonde.
Starring Charlize Theron, it’s no surprise that Atomic Blonde is already being held at such high regard. In just a few short trailers, and now the first official clip, the footage we’ve seen has displayed the kind of action we’ve come to expect from the top action movies, such as John Wick. And that also comes to no surprise, as the director of this film was co-director on the first John Wick. Now you’re excited, aren’t you?
As I mentioned, the first clip for Theron’s new film has been released, and it showcases a unique and quite creative action scene between Theron’s character and a couple of very unlucky police officers. Just as we’ve seen with Reeves and his character, the capability of these directors to take everyday useful tools and create a completely new use for them is mind-blowing. In John Wick: Chapter 2, it was a pencil, in the following clip, it’s an extension cord. It’s just flat-out fun to see, and also opens up a ton of more possibilities as the movie unfolds.
One thing is for sure, I couldn’t be happier to see Theron in this kind of role. It’s been a long time coming, but the wait was well worth it because I wouldn’t want any other director behind the camera. Plus, now it opens up the question, could a John Wick, Atomic Blonde crossover be in the near future? One can hope. Directed by David Leitch and also starring James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, and John Goodman, Atomic Blonde hits theaters on July 28th, 2017.