'Atomic Blonde' movie review: Looks sexy, feels empty

Charlize Theron stars in the action-thriller ‘Atomic Blonde.’ ( Jonathan Prime/Focus Features) For reasons that have nothing to do with destructive power or hair color, "Atomic Blonde" is no "Wonder Woman." Despite its bloody, sharply choreographed action sequences, its widely touted lesbian sex scene — which is hot only if you’re a 16-year-old boy and not a lesbian — and a setting of Cold War Berlin on the eve of the wall coming down, this R-rated comic book of a female-centered spy thriller is as chilly and joyless as the ice bath in which we first meet the title character, MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron). As the film opens, Lorraine’s naked and bruised body is shown emerging from a tub of frigid water — not, as it would appear, to bring down the swelling brought on by a beating, but because it looks so good on camera. Optics, not story, rule the day in this stylishly violent film, which was directed by stuntman-turned-filmmaker David Leitch, in a follow-up to his uncredited debut behind the camera in " John Wick ." Like that surprise 2014 hit, which Leitch directed with fellow stunt performer Chad Stahelski, "Blonde" can be, at […]

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