THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX makes use of many already seen weird-shit-on-a-spaceship-tropes – sometimes well, sometimes badly, sometimes innovatively, sometimes lazily and sometimes stupidly. What ultimately entertained and made me forgive many of its indisputable flaws is the concept of creating a genre-spanning universe in which all parts have everything and nothing to do with each other. As vague as that sounds.
Soundtrack over substance.
ATOMIC BLONDE is riddled with stylistic and tonal inconsistencies as well as weird placements of musical titels which ultimately result in an unfortunate lack of rhythm. Only the soundtrack itself – in conjunction with largely pleasing visuals – makes the movie kinda okay. Some might say it matches Berlin.
Knowing nothing about the original manga (except the premise) this movie still feels like a whole lot of wasted potential. The script poses strong moral questions, which are never really answered let alone dealt with adequately in the slightest way. Therefore the characters feel very one-dimensional.