Today: May 31, 2024

Kick-Ass Females On Film

Oscar winner Charlize Theron stars as MI6’s most lethal assassin and the crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Lorraine Broughton, in ATOMIC BLONDE. When Lorraine is sent on a covert mission into Cold War Berlin, she must use all of the spy craft, sensuality and savagery she has to stay alive in the ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors. Broughton must navigate her way through a deadly game of spies to recover a priceless dossier while fighting ferocious killers along the way in this breakneck action-thriller from director David Leitch.  Theron is joined by James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella and John Goodman in what critics are calling “Totally badass”, Total Film.

To mark the release of Atomic Blonde on Digital Download 2nd December, Blu-ray™ and DVD on 4th December, we take a look at some of the most badass boss babes in film.

Mrs. Smith (Mr. & Mrs. Smith)
When you think of kick-ass women, there is no one who epitomises this more so than Angelina Jolie. One of her best action movies is her 2005 hit Mr. & Mrs. Smith. John (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie) live a mundane life in the suburbs in a struggling marriage. Or so we’re led to believe. Turns out, they are both assassins working for adversarial agencies. When they are both assigned to kill the same target, Benjamin Danz (Adam Brody), a series of highly charged, fire-powered liaisons ensue until they eventually discover the real aim of the mission was to kill each other.

Bonnie (Bonnie and Clyde)
Holding bank clerks up at gunpoint. Grand theft auto. Just your average date night then? In the middle of the Great Depression, Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunnaway) meet when Clyde tries to steal Bonnie’s mother’s car. Bonnie who is enamoured by the rebellious nature of Clyde decides to become his partner in crime. Bonnie and Clyde turn from pulling minor heists to robbing banks. After a string of violent exploits, the pair end up in a heated police chase, which escalates into a full blown shoot out. Faye Dunaway does a great job portraying this infamous real life badass woman with poise, elegance and fantastic style.

Hit Girl (Kick-Ass)
Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) is a fictional character appearing in the Kick-Ass Marvel series, and subsequent 2010 film. The character was created by artist John Romita, Jr. and writer Mark Millar. She is a young but effective vigilante, trained by her father Damon McCready (Nicholas Cage) from an early age to be a costumed superhero and assassin, (so a normal daddy-daughter relationship). She eventually joins Kick-Ass in his fight against crime. Hit-Girl was arguably the most popular character with audiences, even over Kick-Ass himself.

Veronica (Heathers)
Veronica (Winona Ryder) is part of the most popular clique at her high school, the ‘Heathers,’ but she disapproves of the other girls’ cruel behaviour. When Veronica and her new boyfriend, J.D. (Christian Slater), confront clique leader Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) and accidentally poison her, they make it appear a suicide. Veronica ends up complicit in a string of other high school murders across the period of the film. The story culminates with J.D trying to blow up the school but Veronica’s most badass move is to stop the corruptive and manipulative J.D.

Cipher (Fast & Furious 8)
Charlize Theron plays Cipher, a cyberterrorist, with multiple connections to the criminal underworld in Fast & Furious 8. As the antagonist, Cipher is determined to start a nuclear war. Showing that this badass babe has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to get what she wants; she blackmails Dominic Toretto into betraying his crew when she kidnaps Elena Neves and their son, Marcos, using them as leverage against Dom to get him to steal the components necessary for her plans.

Lorraine Broughton (Atomic Blonde)
Lorraine Broughton is one of MI6’s most lethally trained spies. In November 1989, just before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, on a covert mission, she must use all of the spy craft, sensuality and savagery she has to stay alive in the ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors. Broughton must navigate her way through a deadly game of spies to recover a priceless dossier while fighting ferocious killers along the way. Charlize Theron is a threatening assailant in this thrilling cold war action packed film.

Atomic Blonde is available on Digital Download on 2nd December, Blu-ray™ and DVD from 4th December, courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK)

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:

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