‘Atomic Blonde’ cre­ates may­hem

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Re “Can’t Beat This for Thrills: Char­l­ize Theron Lands Ev­ery Punch as an ’80s-Style Su­per­spy, Murky Plot Aside” [Justin Chang, July 28]: “Atomic Blonde” could have been called “May­hem Momma.” Af­ter a while, we started count­ing the num­ber of ex­plo­sions, stab­bings, gun­shots, deaths by beat­ing, stran­gu­la­tions and mixed mar­tial arts ex­hi­bi­tions, and dis­cussed walk­ing out on the film. It was a ter­rific pro­duc­tion, but who cared or could keep track of the num­ber of dou­ble­and triple-deal­ing bad guys or tol­er­ate the in­ces­sant crazi­ness? Ms. Theron played her part of a killing ma­chine very well, and she’s nice to look at. Maybe next film she’ll re­turn to a realm of re­al­ity. Hal Roth­berg Cal­abasas

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