is certainly no stranger to big-screen action, but it’s been awhile since she had the opportunity to carry an entry in the genre by herself — and her 2005 starring vehicle, Aeon Flux
, didn’t exactly turn out the way it was supposed to. It seems fairly likely that a far kinder fate awaits this weekend’s Atomic Blonde
, in which Theron plays a superspy tasked with taking down a Berlin espionage ring during the waning days of the Cold War. Reviews describe a sleek, set piece-stuffed experience, with director David Leitch
) adding an extrai eye-catching layer of visual style to this adaptation of Sam Hart’s 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City
— and Theron remains equally compelling whether she’s wearing a glamorous evening gown, breaking a bad guy’s face, or doing both of those things at the same time. The movie’s story, alas, is more of a mixed bag, but with moves this cool, most critics say there’s little reason to quibble; if you like going to the theater to watch villains get punched, Atomic Blonde
should be right up your alley.