Charlize Theron's latest action flick has plenty of vintage cars for gearheads to gaze at.
Charlize Theron is no stranger to car movies, having starred in Mad Max: Fury Road and more recently Fate of the Furious where she played the franchise’s first female villain. Now she’s back behind the wheel in the new spy movie Atomic Blonde, which is out now in cinemas. While it may not strictly be a car movie and focuses more on Charlize Theron kicking ass, the film features several automotive action sequences, and the 1980s European setting means there are lots of cool cars for gearheads to gaze at.
In the film, Theron plays a ruthless assassin capable of taking out assailants with video game-like precision. If that sounds like a female equivalent of John Wick, it’s probably no coincidence that Atomic Blonde’s director, David Leitch, was also one of the directors that helmed John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2.
Atomic Blonde takes place in Berlin during the Cold War in 1989, and the on-screen cars reflect the era. James McAvoy, for example, drives a stunning 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera, which is used in one of the film’s car chase sequences uploaded by Universal. In a scene similar to the car fight in The Raid 2, Theron starts a fist fight inside the Audi V8 the Porsche is pursuing. Audi enthusiasts shouldn’t get too attached to it though, as the chase ends when the V8 hits a divider and flips onto its roof. There’s even an Alfa Romeo Montreal in the film according to IMCDB, as reported by Jalopnik, a car very rarely seen in Hollywood movies.
A second clip shows Theron behind the wheel of a Lada cop car evading assassins in SUVs, all to the tune of I Ran by A Flock of Seagulls. The twist is that the scene was shot entirely inside the car. Most of it was shot practically, apart from the shot near the end where the SUV flips over, which was digitally augmented.