Are Femme Fatales The New Feminists?

Are Femme Fatales The New Feminists?
Columbia Pictures / Everett Rufus Sewell (left) and Angelina Jolie in ‘The Tourist.’

Have you noticed how many women have been beating the crap out of people in movies recently? Lisbeth Salander, that tattooed girl herself, is of course the surly new archetype of ass-kicking woman. But last year there was also the teenage version of the affectless taker-of-names, in the highly enjoyable film Hanna. The assassin version was protagonist of the easily forgettable Columbiana, and the mercenary version in the equally forgettable Haywire,
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