A British agent has been executed by a freelance Russian thug, who has stolen ‘the list’ that the Brit had just received from a nervous Stasi defector (Eddie Marsan). One of the weaknesses of the film – directed by David Leitch, who has worked on both the Deadpool and John Wick franchises – is that it’s never quite clear.
It’s only after I’d come home to look it up that I discovered it’s a list of Stasi double agents working in the West, including the mysterious ‘Satchel’.
Those readers who are splendidly in-between, however, will soon find themselves running out of fingers – La Femme Nikita, Angelina Jolie’s Salt, Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil, Uma Thurman as The Bride in Kill Bill, Jolie – again – in Tomb Raider… So there’s nothing remotely new or surprising about Charlize Theron’s new film; not even for her.
The South African-born actress has already had a couple of goes at the sexy-but-deadly-female-action-hero genre, firstly in the 2005 sci-fi variation on the theme, Aeon Flux, followed a decade later by her impressive turn as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road.
All this is told in protracted flashback from the sort of interrogation – not to mention the ice bath and bruises that precede it – that suggests something has gone horribly wrong.
But then the Russians did somehow know she was a British agent right from the moment she stepped off the plane. I loved the late Eighties setting, which provides a very good excuse for a cool period soundtrack featuring Siouxsie And The Banshees, Depeche Mode and A Flock Of Seagulls.
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” Cathleya Schroeckenstein, Editor-in-Chief, Weddingbee “No other emotion seems more mysterious than love.It’s a strange old watch, with the experience definitely affected by all those glamorous perfume commercials Theron has made of late, and by her time as a model.Adapted from the graphic novel The Coldest City, it combines a noir-ish, Sin City-like narrative knowingness, which invites us not to take the whole thing too seriously, with the slick visual style of an expensive advert or music video. It’s set in November 1989, just as the Berlin Wall was about to come down.But this – as the introductory caption informs us – is not that story.Instead, it’s a cod-Le-Carré-like tale of espionage and counter-espionage.