Tag Archives: Sofia Boutella

ATOMIC BLONDE (2017) : The ThingS I Liked…

Atomic Blonde (2017), Charlize Theron
Atomic Blonde (2017), Charlize Theron

Atomic Blonde, an action / thriller about an undercover MI6 agent on a mission to investigate the murder of a fellow agent, and recover a missing list of double agents is arguably an adequately thrilling experience.

Starring Charlize Theron, and James McAvoy, what stood out most for me about director David Leitch’s film is the style – and by ‘style’ I mean the general look and feel, the colours, clothing, the exciting fight sequences, the way specific moments are shot at a particular angle, making for a more satisfying visual experience. One such example would be the way Leitch captures the scene near the start when McAvoy’s character walks up to the car that just crashed with his colleague (Theron) inside.

Watching a very capable, well-dressed female character in charge of herself and her surroundings was fun. It was an inspiring vision that quickly brought to mind another fictional character with impressive abilities and great style. Namely Sylvia Hoeks’s highly memorable work as Luv in Blade Runner 2049 (2017).

Atomic Blonde is a movie you watch for the thrilling action and mystery. It may not have you megaphone in hand – post viewing and trying to gather everyone to watch it immediately. Nevertheless, by the end you may, like myself find yourself thinking, ‘yeah, that wasn’t terrible. Nor was it exceptionally memorable either but I have no regrets.’

Lastly, when it comes to the question of Theron’s British accent, I don’t think that she did terribly but my ‘expert ear’ did notice a few inconsistencies. Nothing too laughable, mind you.

Watch it for the colours, fights and style. It’s even possibly, quite fun.

Happy Film loving 

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FAHRENHEIT 451 (2018): New Trailer From Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon, Sofia Boutella…

Fahrenheit 451 (2018), Michael B. Jordan
Fahrenheit 451 (2018), Michael B. Jordan

Starring Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon and Sofia Boutella, Fahrenheit 451 is set in a future where all books must be destroyed. Jordan plays Guy Montag, a fireman whose job it is to eradicate all books.

Unbeknownst to his superiors, Montag begins to question his actions after meeting a little girl…

A world where books are no longer a thing? How can one not be intrigued? It seems near enough ridiculous that such a predicament should truly come to pass. I say I have no issues with such a reality as long as it remains purely fiction, of course.

Directed by Ramin Bahrani; Keir Dullea, Martin Donovan, Lilly Singh, Grace Lynn Kung and Sean Jones also star.

Fahrenheit 451 Release Dates: May 19th, 2018 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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THE MUMMY (2017): The Things I Liked…

The Mummy (2017), Sofia Boutella
The Mummy (2017), Sofia Boutella

Starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe and Annabelle Wallis, there are parts of director Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy, a story about an ancient Egyptian princess, awakened from her crypt and determined to wreak havoc, that I enjoyed. An example would be Russell Crowe’s ‘second character’ who proved a lot of fun to watch even though he appears but very briefly.

Another highlight is courtesy of Sofia Boutella, an actress who was introduced to many audiences as Gazelle in Matthew Vaughn’s rather good Kingsman – The Secret Service (2014). I adored Gazelle even though she was a ‘baddie’ and I therefore knew that Boutella would bring something special, especially physicality-wise to the character of The Mummy (Princess Ahmanet).

Princess Ahmanet stood out so much for me that all other performances and characters’s mostly paled in comparison. Perhaps her character was just the most interesting overall. What I know for sure is that I found myself genuinely scared of the idea that I might personally encounter the princess as I went about my day. Something to do with the costume design and special effects, as well as Boutella’s performance. There’s also the fact that a lot of the film is set in London, England my beloved city.

There are points during The Mummy when I thought, ‘this is interesting, I think I’m quite excited about the other movies coming from Universals ‘Dark Universe’. Unfortunately though, by the end of the film, I wasn’t so sure because I ended up feeling as though the movie was far more basic in terms of the story, writing and execution-wise, overall than what I’d been hoping for – especially for a Tom Cruise movie. 

On a positive note, I’m now even more curious about Egypt’s real history and I may just delve into that as a result. I may even…

Who am I kidding? I’m busy and far too in love with film to make time for more history books.

Happy Film Loving

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ATOMIC BLONDE (2017): New Trailer Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella…

Atomic Blonde (2017), Charlize Theron, James McAvoy
Atomic Blonde (2017), Charlize Theron, James McAvoy

Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella and directed by David Leitch, Atomic Blonde is all about an undercover MI6 agent who is sent to Berlin during the Cold War. The mission is to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents…

I like how the plot for this movie reads. It somehow brings to mind ideas of a female James Bond character. How exciting! As a big ‘Lady Theron’ fan, I very much look forward to watching her administer a tonne of serious ass-kicking. Ass kicking so good that this trailer already has me desperate to place Atomic Blonde next to Casino Royale (2006) in my list of  favourite action thrillers. Well done, trailer maker!

Atomic Blonde Release Dates: July 28th, 2017 (US), August 11th, 2017 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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THE MUMMY (2017): New Trailer From Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe…

The Mummy (2017), Sofia Boutella
The Mummy (2017), Sofia Boutella

Directed by Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe. It’s the story of an ancient princess awakened from her crypt which leads to…

Teaser Trailer

Official Trailer

My guess would be that this The Mummy, has nothing to do with the Rachel Weisz and the Brendan Fraser The Mummy of 1999 but I can’t be sure. I’ll be watching because I loved Sofia Boutella in Kingsman – The Secret Service (2014)

Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson also star.

The Mummy Release Dates: June 9th, 2017 (US & UK)…

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STAR TREK BEYOND (2016): New Trailer Starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana & Idris Elba

Star Trek Beyond (2016), Chris Pine
Star Trek Beyond (2016), Chris Pine

The new trailer for the latest Star Trek movie just arrived…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

I didn’t find myself particularly enthused after trailer one on account of the peculiar music choice and generally not being a trekkie. Trailer two is better. Though, of course, trekkies will love it far more

Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, Zachary Quinto,  Sofia Boutella and Simon Pegg star whilst Justin Lin directs.

Release Date (s): July 22nd (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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