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Charlize Theron’s ‘Atomic Blonde’ is just for kicks, but another film out on DVD has the real action

By in Press Enterprise on November 9, 2017

By Rob Lowman

Charlize Theron is a very good actress with an Oscar.

And while guys have been making punch-’em-up films for years, these kind of movies tend to be pretty weak, and to some extent that’s the problem with Theron’s latest “Atomic Blonde.”

Not that I have any objections to the actress playing a character who goes around bashing people.

No, the problem is “Atomic Blonde” doesn’t leave much to imagination plot-wise. Theron plays Lorraine, a spy in Her Majesty’s Secret Service, who is sent on a secret mission to Berlin. There she gets into trouble.

Working on a story from a graphic novel, director David Leitch (“John Wick”) knows where to keep the focus – on Theron. Most male action stars don’t have Theron’s flair.

Still, every once in a while someone makes a spy-action-thriller, like say the “Bourne” films, with some depth, where the protagonist is more than a death machine and you wish she had the same kind of material.

Ah, maybe next time.

A more thoughtful choice that’s filled with action and tension is “Wind River,” directed by Taylor Sheridan, the screenwriter of last year’s crime drama “Hell or High Water.”

Jeremy Renner plays Cory Lambert, a federal wildlife officer who hunts predatory animals at Wyoming Indian reservation. Out one day, he discovers the body of a missing girl. She had been the best friend of Cory’s own daughter who died mysteriously a couple years before.

The officer is set to track the killer down, but it’s a federal crime so a young FBI agent, Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen), is sent in, drawing sarcasm from the tribe as to the bureau’s intention to solve the case.

As an outsider, Jane brings the audience into the insular world of the reservation that surrounds the case. Eventually, as the mystery unfolds, Sheridan gets to provide some social commentary […]    

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