Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to ‘Sparrow School,’ a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, who threatens to unravel the security of both nations. (IMDB)
Red Sparrow is a film with much ambition that falls short in many ways. Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, American Hustle) gives a solid performance and is committed to the role, unfortunately the supporting cast around her and a messy story can’t help to save this film. Sparrow attempts to be an adult spy thriller and it comes off more like torcher porn. There is not one thing believable about the so called secret Russian spy school. All that is shown on camera is a series of lessons on how to have sex without caring as if that is all there is to becoming a world class spy… Where is the linguistics training? Where is the weapons training? Where is the self-defense training?
That coupled with a ludicrous story left this viewer feeling like what could have been an intriguing movie ended up being an opportunity for voyeurs to have a chance to see Lawrence in all her bits and parts. That just will not cut it.
On an interesting note here is the lack of faith in this movie. Russia is supposedly a secular atheistic country. There are no references to God, spirituality or even morality for that matter. Would a society with these morales turn into a place like Red Sparrow? Let’s hope not.
2 stars out of 5.