Sexy and ugly. Serious and fun. Artsy and trashy . ATOMIC BLONDE can always do both. The third act action scenes, from the hand-to-hand combat to the car chase, is one for the ages.
To think that a *prequel* of a *spin-off* can be near as good as the original film. An exception that sometimes, unoriginality and uncreativity of Hollywood can still result in a good time at the movies. The key here is by employing a director who know his horror, and David F. Sandberg just screamed to the world that LIGHTS OUT were no fluke and he now join the ranks of A-list horror director.
What's the most gasping moment in The Godfather? Right, that baptism/assassination intercut. The Usual Suspect? Right. That Kobayashi glass/Keyser Soze revelation intercut. The Dark Knight? yep. That Aaron Eckhart- Maggie Gyllenhal diversion intercut. Imagine if there's a film specifically consists 3 hours full of brilliant-nicely pace intercut just like all of the above. 3 HOURS NON STOP gasping moment. This is it.
Back then, when the news come that von Trier will make a full-blown arthouse porn, my mind blown. It's arthouse and porn after all, which is 2 of my favorite genres. The anticipation was just so big. And then the casts were announced one by one. My anticipation was swelling up again. And one by one the marketing material came up. By the time the final trailer were released, I was already having a full hard-on of excitement.