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Thank God this was only $4
Not that great. Too many unnecessay sex scenes
The film suffers, terminally, from joyless direction by Francis Lawrence — no relation — and a monotonous script by Justin Haythe.
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.
A pervy premise and top-flight cast yield a mixed-bag spy flick.
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Dominika (Jennifer Lawrence), a Russian ballerina, suffers a career-ending injury. Unable to support herself and her mother, she finds herself recruited into Sparrow School, a sadistic training facility for secret agents that teaches her to use her body and mind as deadly weapons. She emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced, and her mission is to manipulate a CIA operative named Nate Nash (Joel Edgerton) who has information regarding a high-ranking Russian mole. Who can she trust in this world of secrets and seduction? And more importantly: who can really trust Dominika?
This sexy and dangerous spy thriller, adapted from the novel by Jason Matthews, also stars Charlotte Rampling, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mary-Louise Parker, Ciarán Hinds, Joely Richardson, and Jeremy Irons. Director Francis Lawrence previously worked with Jennifer Lawrence (no relation!) on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and Part 2. From Sparrows to Mockingjays, this whole bird theme really seems to work for those two….
- Jennifer Lawrence
- Joel Edgerton
- Matthias Schoenaerts
- Charlotte Rampling
- Mary-Louise Parker
- Ciarán Hinds
- Joely Richardson
- Bill Camp
- Jeremy Irons
Did You Know?
- This is Francis Lawrence's fourth collaboration with Jennifer Lawrence. They had previously worked together on the Hunger Games franchise, (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)).
- RED SPARROW takes place in 2017. The eight computer 3.5-inch floppy disks, containing the stolen sensitive material, and each 3.5-inch floppy disks holds a tiny 1.44 MB of data, were obsolete well before 2011. Long before 2011, all brands of laptops no longer had an internal disc drive to read them, as Dominika Egorovaw did in the London hotel room. Sony was the last manufacturer of computer 3.5-inch floppy disks, and while Sony sold more than 12 million of them in 2009, due to dwindling demand, Sony discontinued all production of 3.5-inch floppy disks as of March 2011.
- Dominika Egorova: You sent me to whore school!