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, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
The drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.
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A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.
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A young Russian intelligence officer is assigned to seduce a first-tour CIA agent who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception, and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but the lives of others as well.
Director Francis Lawrence received the book as he added the finishing touches on 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2'. Associate producer Cameron MacConomy remembered: "We were both reading it at the same time. Every day, we would come in and find ourselves more and more excited about what we had read the night before." Director Lawrence added: "I fell in love with the book immediately. It just felt really fresh in terms of spy stories, and I fell in love with the character of Dominika Egorova, and her personal journey and her personal story and her dilemma in the story. I always gravitate toward personal lonely isolated characters and this story certainly focuses on a very isolated, lonely character. In addition, it was exciting to me, especially after having done three 'Hunger Games' movies in five years, to do something completely different, in terms of story, in terms of world, in terms of tone, in terms of rating, all of that. That was really interesting." See more »
One of soldiers involved in the interrogation strikes Katya to the back of the head with the wooden trudgeon. Such a strike carries an incredibly high risk of damaging vertebrae, or even detaching the brain stem causing immediate death. The risk of killing the subject of an interrogation through the use of such a strike, would be well understood by someone trained in interrogation technique. This is why rabbit punches are banged in contact sports. See more »
The title doesn't appear until the 10-minute mark. See more »
The UK version is cut for "strong sadistic violence" to earn a 15 certificate instead of an 18, which was done based on BBFC advice. As both countries make up the same distribution region, Ireland also received the same cut version (rated 16 for cinema and 18 on video).
The contentious scene shows Ustinov being strangled:
In the UK version, we only see a brief establishing shot where his hands are covering his throat, cutting right to a close-up of Dominika struggling but completely clean. The censored footage shows the wire cutting into Ustinov's throat for much longer, in more graphic detail after his arms hang loose, and him bleeding on Dominika's chest.
Ustinov collapsing uses an alternate shot in the UK version, and the second close-up of Dominika is digitally bloodless as with the first, but there's still blood on her chest when putting on her clothes as per the uncut version (a continuity error).
The uncut version is roughly 13 seconds longer. See more »
Could Have Used More Flaunting And Violence But This Is As Good As it Gets
In Hollywood nowadays. I mean it is this or the umpteenth sequels and remake (is the fifteenth remake of Grinch and reboot of Star Trek out yet?).
Even Jennifer Lawrence has made a career of sequels and franchise films so to see this film makes one feel a little better about the improvement in this world. The director does a fine job here. The film begins with Soviet Russians' mercilessness and takes on a life of its own. The leads dispense with glamour and embrace the gritty without dramatic shadows and light, and the plot (about modern inhumanity) is without hyped up dramatics. This is a movie as down in the mouth as the world it represents, and it's all deliberate, and smart. I love how Lawrence deploys her beauty and allure and how the super powers launch into warfare depicting their immorality.
This is the stuff of a breakthrough movie. It isn't quite as gripping now, I think, but it still sucks you in. Although the cold war has restarted, hasn't it? There are many scenes in cars, including a speeding car scene and many good old street stuff. The plot and pace of things is more steady and exciting than anything else.
Check this film out. A special movie that actually reveals something about spook life, hard core, no glitz. Yeah, even as a woman I have to say Lawrence has nice breasts.
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