‘Atomic Blonde’ is the much watch film of the summer.


‘Atomic Blonde’ tells the story of an undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

This is a film that proves that action films, especially period action films, are more than just Tom Cruise running away from things and pulling a vaguely shocked expression. It proves that not only women can hold their own, like that of the recent success of ‘Wonder Woman,’ and Charlize Theron’s Lorraine Broughton is a bisexual woman, but that more films like this should be made. It’s truly a film of the modern age, showing what we’re truly capably if we actually dare to make films like this.

It would be unfair to say Broughton is a female combination of James Bond and Jason Bourne because she’s so much more then that. There’s so much more depth to her character than the dazzling action sequences, especially the one shot on the staircase and the jump out of a window with the extension cord, drinks at the bar, and working as an undercover agent. Director David Leitch, one half of the directing team behind ‘John Wick’ and Deadpool 2, helps bring out her character on screen, showing not only her sensitive side but her strong independence.

What Leitch does, also, is stays away from any tricks with the camera and keeps everything steady unlike what the Bourne films do in making you feel nauseous in its use of hand held camera. Despite the film being a little cliche at times, it proves to be a film that’s ranks above many in it’s genre.

Berlin at the time of the wall coming down in the 80s is the perfect place to host for a spy-thriller and a film of ‘Atomic Blonde’s’ tone. While things are dark and moody, there’s nothing stopping it from bringing to light some comedic moments. This is added to by the plethora of music from the decade, matching up perfectly with the action on screen.

This film is not what it’s advertised to be and that’s the best part because you’re given something so much more amazing. It seems like another spy movie with a great cast and the such, but it’s very much unique. In its hyper-styalised manner, ‘Atomic Blonde’ is an experience in itself and one that won’t be forgotten.

If you’re looking for something action packed to watch with a strong female lead who’s not afraid to take any punches with a kickass soundtrack and costumes, this is for you. Forget about ‘Baby Driver’ with its supposed amazing soundtrack, ‘Atomic Blonde’ beats it in every way.

Film-O-Meter: 9/10.


Although enjoyable, ‘The Fate of the Furious’ really misses it’s star, Paul Walker.

The Fate of the Furious
 tells the story of when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

I’ve never been that much of a fan of the Fast and the Furious series and now with this eighth (yeah, you read that right, there’s been eight of these films) instalment, it doesn’t look like there’s going to be any slowing down for this franchise of epic proportions. They have all the “modern action heroes” all in one movie, much like what The Expendables did with some of the action heroes from the previous generation, added in cars, and continued revving up the gears. To be honest, the only reason why I watched the previous instalment
Furious 7, was for the limited screen time MMA superstar (and my personal favourite) Ronda Rousey had and any of the previous instalments because there was nothing else to watch and it looked vaguely interesting with people I recognised from one thing or another. That and I thought that Furious 7 should’ve been seen at least in honour of Paul Walker’s memory and still provided an emotional end of a well loved series by many.

The Fate of the Furious will be the first in the series, since Tokyo Drift (but we don’t talk about that film), that isn’t lead by the late Paul Walker, who passed away during production of Furious 7, and it still does extremely well even without being lead by Walker. it still doesn’t mean that his presence isn’t missed and it is strange to see the film without him there. Personally, I thought that film should’ve ended with Furious 7, especially with the passing of its well loved star and emotional end.

It’s no doubt that the Fast and the Furious franchise is a massive money making machine for Universal and it would almost be stupid for them not to continue rolling out sequel after sequel, milking it for all it’s worth. And, surprisingly, the series still has some gas left to keep on chugging.

Much like the storylines of the previous instalments, it’s more about the stunts and car chases than any innovative plot. Though it may be the weakest of the last couple of films, it’s not something big Fast and the Furious fans will care about. Sure, the cars are faster, the stunts are more unbelievably insane, and the stars returning to the film continuing to show off more muscle than what little acting chops they have, but that’s not why the series works — it’s completely outrageous and it doesn’t shy away from pursuing the impossibly creative. That’s what’s made the series so enjoyable for some.

What was a refreshing injection into the series was Charlize Theron, which was a surprising addition in the first place when she was announced. Her character of Cipher wasn’t as heavy handed or was a villain to Hulk smash their way through the story.

Though it may not be as enjoyable as Fast Five, that was a true reinvention for the franchise, or Furious 7, which was a plain emotional roller coast of a ride, The Fate of the Furious is something that will keep the series running for a while. Paul Walker is something that the series will always sorely miss, the film is hardly a disappointment. It was mindless, entertaining, and fun, which is much more than what you can say about some films recently, and there’s nothing much that’s been happening in the film world recently of late.

Film-O-Meter: 6/10.

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is a visual masterpiece.

It’s been years since I’ve seen the original Mad Max films, but from what I remember, it has never looked so good. Director George Miller finally returns after a ten or so year development hell to produce this breathtaking film that starts with a bang and doesn’t hold up until the final fade to black.

For a film where the the majority, if not all, stunts were performed in camera with the only special effects added to give further life to what was caught on camera, it was spectacular. I was exhausted by the end of the film after being bombarded with action packed sequences and beautiful cinematography. Exhausted, but in a way that would draw me back into watching the film over and over again. This is what a dystopian film should be.

Everything about this film is cinematic. A visual feast. Miller has continued to mould a world where darkness is an escape from the continuous cliches and remakes that fill our cinemas today. It’s a well needed break and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Hopefully Fury Road will inspire filmmakers to start creating original projects worth caring about and that we will actually remember instead of fading off into a pot of mediocre big-budget, star-ridden films with no heart or substance.

It’s a road movie of epic proportions and boy does it perform. The film brings you into it’s world and makes you completely disregard the run time as it takes you on a journey through a desert wasteland as Furiosa (Theron) brings the Wives of Immortan Joe (Keayes-Byrne) to safety with the help of Max (Hardy).

Hardy certainly had some big shoes to fill after Mel Gibson didn’t return for another outing and he was definitely capable as the main hero, however, the emotional heart of the film, as well as the narrative, was carried by Theron’s Furiosa. And we all know how much of a brilliant actress she is.

As we progress through the film, it’s obvious that Hardy isn’t the only hero. Furiosa is as much of a hero as Max and they compliment each other very well on screen, carrying the story forward and pulling their weight where needed.

I’m proud to say that I’m Australian with this film as movies like this don’t get produced at this caliber often. If you get the chance to see this film on the big screen, do it. Don’t wait until it appears on netflix or at the local DVD store. It’s a visual masterpiece that deserves to be seen its fully glory.

Film-O-Meter: 9/10.

‘Winter’s War’ provides nothing new.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War tells the story of two evil sisters preparing to conquer the land when two renegades – Eric the Huntsman – who previously aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna, and his forbidden lover, Sara set out to stop them.

I went into a press screening of this film knowing that no matter how hard the previous film tried to create a new dark and gritty world that has become so popular of late, it ultimately failed as a whole despite its strong performances from both Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. I desperately wanted to like it but it failed to really hold my attention.

This second instalment is a definite lift in its game, especially without the addition of Kristen Stewart, who made a good attempt at the titular character but as an actress is weak overall. With a throng of strong comedically sarcastic performances from Hemsworth’s huntsman Eric, Jessica Chastain’s Sara, and Nick Frost’s Nion that proved to be the most entertaining part of the film in a predictable story filled with gorgeous costume design, especially for the rival sisters’ gowns.

Although there’s nothing new to this film, it’s thoroughly entertaining despite it’s cliches and something to see if you want something to watch that doesn’t require a lot of thinking.

Film-O-Meter: 6/10.