MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Atomic Blonde’ plays it too safe

Charlize Theron stars as Lorraine Broughton in “Atomic Blonde.” (Special Photo: Jonathan Prime/Focus Features) (R) 2 1/2 out of 4 stars In the wake of the critical and box office success of the two “John Wick” flicks, former stunt man turned director David Leitch may have just ginned up another potential highly lucrative action franchise with “Atomic Blonde.” Based on the graphic novel, “The Coldest City,” by Antony Johnston, the screenplay by Kurt Johnstad (“Act of Valor,” “300”) includes all of the action staples we’ve come to expect and few likely to surprise many. Charlize Theron stars as Lorraine Broughton, a platinum blonde English MI6 agent charged with going to Berlin just as the Cold War is about to end to retrieve a list of spies and double agents. Told in flashback by a battered and bruised Broughton after the completion of the mission, the story itself is sort of weak and unnecessarily fussy, but no more so than your average James Bond outing. The target demographic (young American men and everyone in the world not living in the U.S.) generally don’t care a lick about plot. They want chase scenes, explosions, up close and personal fisticuffs and, if […]

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