Directed by Francis Lawrence, “Red Sparrow” tells the story of Dominika, an ex-ballerina who enters a “Sparrow School”, where she learns to seduce, manipulate and use her body as a weapon. After acquiring her new abilities, Dominika is sent to her first mission as a spy, targeting a CIA agent.
“A solid espionage thriller that’s lifted by its charismatic leads, Red Sparrow commits to the brutality of its subject matter, meaning it’s never easy viewing.” Total Film
After reading a couple of bad reviews and seeing how not-well rated this movie is, I thought this movie would be bad but honestly, I was pleasantly surprised.
Despite being long and slow, I really enjoyed this film, I think the story is very interesting and Jennifer Lawrence is truly amazing in her role as a Russian spy [I think the role really suits her]: I really enjoyed seeing her as a charming and impossible-to-read ex-ballerina however, her performance did not amaze me, in fact, I almost think her acting was too monotonous [throughout the whole film, she made that same stoned-face, seriously and it’s not the character’s fault. It’s the director’s.]
This movie has everything to be a success: a good story, an amazing actress and a good cinematography however it lacks the spark and the thrill. Even though, I liked this movie, I was not at the edge of my seat [except when I watched the gory scenes cause they were quite disturbing] and it is not as “seductive” as it’s supposed to be.
In general, this movie leaves a lot to be desired but is not a complete disaster.
If you enjoy gory/thriller movies, then I definitely recommend “Red Sparrow” but I don’t think it’s a must-watch. I rate it a 3/5 just because I think the story is really good and I really liked the ending.
4/5: Very Good
1/5: VERY bad!
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