FIlm Review: Red Sparrow

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February 21st, 2018

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Review of: Red Sparrow

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3
On February 21, 2018
Last modified:February 21, 2018

Summary:

Red Sparrow is a film that just forgets to be more style than substance, treating audiences to a Russian doll full of violent content.

Review of: Red Sparrow

Reviewed by:
Rating:

3
On February 21, 2018
Last modified:February 21, 2018

Summary:

Red Sparrow is a film that just forgets to be more style than substance, treating audiences to a Russian doll full of violent content.

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Red Sparrow

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.

Jennifer Lawrence career has been rocky as of late, with the Oscar-winning actress stuck in limbo as the controversial mother! (2017) A failed to find audiences despite a solid director behind the helm. She became one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood, shortly after Winters Bone birthed the superstar who lives today. But can the R-Rated ‘Red Sparrow’ revitalize her career? And take her into the spy territory without any scars.

Adapted from the book, Red Sparrow is a modernized espionage flick reuniting Lawrence and Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay director. It’s set to be the beginning for a bidding movie franchise, pitting the grown-up Jennifer Lawrence in more deadly situations. Red Sparrow might not reinvent the spy genre, providing more style than substance without a doubt Jennifer Lawrence delivers another reinventing performance.

Jennifer Lawrence plays the Red Sparrow, Dominika Egorova a famous ballerina who careers is stopped due to a tragic accident. In the mists of her poorly mother Nina, she is manipulated into performing a task which leads to one many killed with Dominika, the only witness. After realizing she has no hope, Dominika is then forced into attending the Sparrow School: A Russian spy program, which trains young people into using their minds and bodies as weapons as seduction. A dangerous mission which forces her to communicate and seduce, a CIA operative who must inform her of a mole in the Russian secret service. But is she safe? Red Sparrow is a tense thriller, which doesn't pull punches instead delves into the violent reality of being a CIA agent.

Red Sparrow

It's a cliche femme fatale narrative at heart, but Jennifer Lawrence's reliable performance makes it worthy of the spy genre. Red Sparrow does not push boundaries, in fact, it stays right in line with any generic thriller, but seeing Lawrence kick ass is enough to satisfy that 007 itch. Red Sparrow does streamline the dense source material into a more simplistic narrative, throwing away all the needed substance in the process.

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The live-action version does not respectfully explore the political elements, instead relies on sexual tension between each of the actors. Red Sparrow goes into the power struggle between Dominkia and Uncle Ivan, these moments are immense and give an emotional push for a very two-dimensional person. However, scenes between Nathaniel, her mother, and Matron - which all feel half-baked and end up lacking any gravitas.

Lawrence, for the most part, delivers another solid performance as the self-titled ‘Red Sparrow’ - making it easier to balance out the bland supporting cast. Taking the powerful female character seen in the Hunger Games into a more adult universe. Red Sparrow fleshes out its characters with a sense of pride, adapting the better elements of the book with hardly any issues.  Despite having shortcomings in a story and character development, Red Sparrow is a solid film that just forgets to be more style than substance, treating audiences to a Russian doll full of violent content. Giving fans of the source material, a solid adaptation without the needed bells and whistles.

3/5

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