I have a whole new respect for Charlize Theron after seeing the world premiere of Atomic Blonde at SXSW 2017. The film is directed by David Leitch – the same guy you may know and love behind John Wick. He’s also directing Deadpool 2 as well. Needless to say, this man is keeping really busy.

What’s it about? Picture this, it’s 1989 Berlin, during the Regan era. The Cold War is coming to an end and the wall is about to come crumbling down. Charlize Theron plays a bad-ass top-level female agent named Lorraine Broughton who is sent to Berlin to take out double-agent David Percival played by the multi-faceted James McAvoy. Basically, in a nutshell, this is the ultimate spy vs. spy action thriller which is bound to keep your eyes glued to the screen and your bum firmly planted to your cushioned seat. Grab some popcorn yo – this is gonna be a fun ride.

Why is it good? OMG – the music in this flick is such a driving force, especially if you a fan of 80s electronic pop. Expect to hear tunes from New Order, Depeche Mode, Til Tuesday, Siouxee and The Banshees and the likes of the late great icons George Michael and David Bowie. Basically if you’re an avid reader of EQ Music Blog, you are going to dig the shit out of the soundtrack for Atomic Blonde. In fact, as soon as it’s released, I might have to go out and get the soundtrack to add to my ever-growing soundtrack collection.

But it’s not just the music that makes this movie fucking fantastic. Charlize Theron has landed her most iconic female action hero role yet. Forget her role as Furiosa in Mad Max, her portrayal of Lorraine in Atomic Blonde will be what she is most remembered for as an action heroine. I was just blown away at the level of physical dedication and technical perfection that she executed in the fight scenes for this role. She literally and figuratively kicks-ass and knows how to take a bunch and make one for that matter of fact. That’s really the only way to describe what she does here. Charlize Theron embodies the term female empowerment here to the extreme and it will be hard for anyone not to appreciate the level of combat she brought to this role as an actress. I think she might even give Gal Gadot a run for her money as top kick-ass action heroine this year in Wonder Woman.

Atomic Blonde is released this summer. Look out for it – highly recommended.