Atomic Blonde wants you to care. But you won’t. You’ll know that something went wrong with the mission and that someone is a double agent. These facts may be semi-intriguing at the beginning; they are irrelevant by the end. As in you won’t even muster a reaction when “important” people die and twists are unveiled.
Sometimes you care about a story’s characters. Other times you don’t. Which camp a story falls into, more than just about anything else, determines if the story is good.
Atomic Blonde is not a good story. Much of this failure can be attributed to Lorraine. She is so cold, not in a cocky way which can create attraction, but in an austere way that inspires neither love or hate.
The action, colors (the initial bathtub scene, the hotel, the club, etc.) and the soundtrack are all good enough, though. Good enough to make me care just a tiny bit so that it’s possible I could have cared less about Atomic Blonde without these features.