Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow

Francis Lawrence (2018)

134min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This complex espionage thriller stars Jennifer Lawrence as Dominika, a former ballerina who becomes a "sparrow", schooled in the art of seduction by the shadowy military of post-Cold War Russia. However, her superiors suspect she may be acting as a double agent, collaborating with the very CIA operative she was assigned to entrap, setting the scene for an intriguing series of cat-and-mouse plot twists. Director Francis Lawrence keeps viewers gripped and guessing throughout in a surprisingly violent film that merges modern technology with more traditional spy movie motifs, his namesake lead actor's impassive face offering few clues. There are power games aplenty in a potentially confusing narrative, with solid support from Matthias Schoenaerts and Jeremy Irons as manipulative puppet masters in Moscow's intelligence service. But it's Lawrence, in one of the most demanding roles of her career, who stands out.

Summary

Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to a Russian intelligence service, where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations. Spy thriller, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Matthias Schoenaerts.

Cast & Crew

Dominika Egorova Jennifer Lawrence (2)
Nate Nash Joel Edgerton
Ivan Egorov Matthias Schoenaerts
Matron Charlotte Rampling
General Korchnoi Jeremy Irons
Nina Egorova Joely Richardson
Stephanie Boucher Mary-Louise Parker
Zakharov Ciaran Hinds
Marta Thekla Reuten
Sonya Nicole O'Neill
Konstantin Sergei Polunin
Maxim Volontov Douglas Hodge
Simon Benford Hugh Quarshie
Director Francis Lawrence
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudityAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Mar 2018
Drama