Red Sparrow stars Jennifer Lawrence as Dominika Egorova, a prima ballerina who suffers a career ending injury and is manipulated into becoming a Sparrow, an intelligence agent that trains young people to use their bodies and minds as weapon earning the trust of and often seducing their targets. When she is tasked with finding a mole in the Russian intelligence community she works with an American CIA agent, played by Joel Egerton, who is secretly working to turn her into a source for his own purposes. Playing either alongside each other or against each other, no one seems to be safe or out of reach of the Sparrows and their handlers.
When you look up the rating for Red Sparrow, you’ll see that it’s rated “R” and it earns every bit of that rating. Some scenes are uncomfortable to watch. It’s not that much worse than a lot of other R-rated films but I think because it’s Jennifer Lawrence it feels really strange. This is probably her most daring role and it’s graphic. Parents, don’t think “Oh, we lover her in The Hunger Games” and take the kids or the teens. This is an intense film.
Overall, Red Sparrow, is a good spy movie with pieces working against each other and not really showing all their cards until the end of the film. It’s well put together. Don’t go into it thinking that Jennifer Lawrence plays a super that goes around smashing people’s head in, it’s more of a psychological game that she plays with her prey.
I also want to mention that besides Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton, Red Sparrow features Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, Ciaran Hinds, Joely Richardson, and Jeremy Irons.
Also, out this week...
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents director Eli Roth's reimagining of the 1974 revenge thriller Death Wish. Dr. Paul Kersey, played by Bruce Willis, is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city's violence when it is rushed into his ER - until his wife and daughter are viciously attacked in their home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts his family's assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media's attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel or a grim reaper. Paul becomes a divided person: a man who saves lives, and a man who takes them; a husband and father trying to take care of his family, and a shadowy figure fighting crime; a surgeon extracting bullets from suspects' bodies, and a man seeking justice that detectives are quickly closing in on.