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

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‘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.

‘Star Trek Beyond’ isn’t bad, just a little too action focused.

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Star Trek Beyond
 tells the story of the crew of the USS Enterprise exploring the furthest reaches of uncharted space where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

I never grew up on the Star Trek franchise – I was always and continue to be firmly in the Star Wars camp having grown up loving the original trilogy, disappointed by the prequel trilogy, and somewhat excited for the future of the series after working at Star Wars Celebration Europe. I had obviously heard of Star Trek and was a fan of those like William Shatner (though not so much recently in light of his sexist comments at San Diego Comic-Con this year), Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, and Patrick Stewart through their other work. The “live long a prosper” motto of the Vulcans along with their salute was a small part of my memory tucked away with no real importance.

It wasn’t until about a year or so prior to Into Darkness was released that I had any interest in giving the reboot a chance. I knew nothing about them, had no idea who was in it, and came into the 2009 Star Trek with no prior knowledge of the universe whatsoever. Because of this, I think I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed myself nonetheless with the roles of James T. Kirk filled by Chris Pine (who had appeared in numerous favourite childhood films), fellow Aussie as his father George Kirk, Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura (whom I loved from her first appearance on film in Centre Stage), a friendly face in Kiwi Karl Urban as Bones (who I loved from a wide range of films), John Cho as Sulu, one of my favourite comedian’s Simon Pegg as Scotty, Zachary Quinto as Spock (who is so underrated as an actor) and the recently passed but ever so talented Anton Yelchin. With such a strong cast, intelligent plot, and a director at the helm that was well known for his work in science-fiction, I enjoyed myself a lot more than expected and it’s a good entry point for those who are willing to try something new and entertaining.

Although my dislike for Benedict Cumberbatch is well known, Into Darkness was thrilling and vibrant though lacked the intelligence and fun of its predecessor. This didn’t mean it was any less of a film, it just had a lot to live up to since the 2009 Star Trek did so well. Star Trek Beyond follows in a similar suit to Into Darkness where it was a boat load of fun with well directed action sequences, well written humour with great one liners aided by the fact that Pegg helped pen the film but lacked the spunk of the original. This is something to keep in mind but nothing that Beyond should be discredited for.

Director Justin Lin, known for his work on the Fast and Furious franchise, does well with the loud action sequences as this is where he truly shines as he moulds a high-intensity action sequence at the climax of the film to the Beastie Boys. This is one of the strengths of the film along with Lin guiding the well known and respected cast into giving strong performances.

With this being all well and good, the story is a bit “meh.” Beyond does well in dazzling us as an audience with it’s visuals, performances, and soundtrack but falls in a enthralling and gripping story. There’s hardly any addition to the characters and time that is spent on these character elements are short and hardly sweet – I wanted to know more about Captain Kirk finding out who he is as a person and as a captain and not trying to be his father, being more than George Kirk could ever be. The story seemed a bit superficial and lacked any real sort of depth or isight into this world. It was like it was a cookie cut out of what a film should have been and a lot of elements very generic – good guys who are good and a bad guy who is bad.

But the thing is, though, the motivation of Idris Elba’s Krall or even his character as a whole was a bit flat and lacked any real threat that the first to reboot films held with their enemies. It all felt personal and real to the characters we have come to love and Krall just seemed like a throw away addition that hardly mattered and honestly probably could’ve done without. If Krall actually played more into the fact that both Spock and Kirk were having doubts about their positions and roles amongst society or even who they thought they were, it would’ve made the film and Krall as a villain significantly more interesting. It would’ve even been more interesting to see more of what Krall was like and what his experiences were at the time he was enlisted.

In the end, Star Trek Beyond isn’t a bad film it’s just nothing but a little bit of fun.

Film-O-Meter: 7/10.