This week sees the release of kick-ass Charlize Theron thriller Atomic Blonde – and there's barely a superhero or giant monster in sight. Here's why you need to book.
1. It's a graphic novel on the big screen
Quite literally – the movie takes as its source the acclaimed 'The Coldest City' by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart. All you comic geeks out there you're sure to get a kick out of this adaptation.
2. Who needs superpowers?
Set in Berlin in 1989 during the final days of the Cold War, Atomic Blonde is a story that doesn't rely on flying metal suits or hammers for kicks. Instead, its thrills are of the more recognisably humane kind as badass MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton is sent undercover to root out a mole.
3. David Leitch makes his directorial debut
Don't know the name? What if we said he was the remarkable stuntman who helped transform Keanu Reeves' John Wick into an uber-violent hit? He's poised to bring that blend of physical performance and bruising action to his new project.
4. Charlize Theron
Over the last few years Charlize has cemented a reputation as something of an action icon, particularly with her role as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road. But just take one look at her wince-inducing fight scenes in this and try to deny that Charlize Theron is the most exciting action star of this generation.
5. Synth, synth, synth!
80s chic is all the rage at the moment, especially with the new series of Stranger Things on the horizon. Atomic Blonde promises to capitalise on the era of big hair with an onslaught of neon and a rocking soundtrack including David Bowie and Depeche Mode.
6. The return of the Mac
Who can resist James McAvoy? He stunned earlier this year with his multiple roles in M. Night Shyamalan's Split and he now returns in scene-stealing form as rogue agent David Percival.
7. It's got the best fight scene of the year
During one ferocious brawl Lorraine tussles with her enemies for 10 minutes in one seemingly unbroken shot. In fact it's 40 separate shots seamlessly stitched together but the illusion of pure, hard-hitting badassery is plain to see. In fact it demands to be seen on the big screen.