Unfortunately, Red Sparrow director Francis Lawrence is no Josef von Sternberg. Like most of his previous films (Constantine, I Am Legend, the final three Hunger Games), his choices are solid but rarely surprising, and despite a twisty storyline, a great cast, and two physically compatible leads, Red Sparrow never quite gets beyond being a merely okay thriller.
Producer: Garrett Basch, Peter Chernin, Ildiko Kemeny
Writer: Jason Matthews
Release Date: Mar 2, 2018
Runtime: 2hr 20m
When Dominika suffers a career-ending injury, she and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.
Did You Know?
This is Francis Lawrence's first film after the Hunger Games franchise, which starred Jennifer Lawrence. They had previously worked together on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015), making this film his fourth consecutive starring her.
The discs containing sensitive material were 3.5'', a type obsolete in 2017 when the movie takes place. Also no current laptop has an internal disc drive to read them as the Red Sparrow did in the hotel room.