2018 (UK), Drama/Thriller, 2h 21m
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons & Charlotte Rampling
Prima ballerina Dominika Egorova faces a bleak and uncertain future after she suffers an injury that ends her career. She soon turns to Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use their minds and bodies as weapons. Egorova emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow after completing the sadistic training process. As she comes to terms with her new abilities, Dominika meets a CIA agent who tries to convince her that he is the only person she can trust.
With an uncompromising attitude to complex plotting and extremely graphic content, Red Sparrow is a promising beginning to a potential new spy franchise. Just be aware of it’s unexpectedly barbed edges!
Jennifer Lawrence re-teams with her Hunger Games director for this more grown-up attempt at a complex, sexy thriller and it sure delivers.
This film is emotionally raw, sometimes gruesome, and scattered with wince-inducing interactions – me and my partner literally looked at each other after the movie and asked “how the hell was this rated 15?!”
It was pretty hard to follow at times, but nonetheless it is very smart, intense, and has an awesome gasp-inducing ending.