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Red Sparrow (2018)

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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.

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Francis Lawrence

Writers:

Justin Haythe (screenplay by), Jason Matthews (based upon the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lawrence ... Dominika Egorova
Joel Edgerton ... Nate Nash
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Vanya Egorov
Charlotte Rampling ... Matron
Mary-Louise Parker ... Stephanie Boucher
Ciarán Hinds ... Zakharov
Joely Richardson ... Nina Egorova
Bill Camp ... Marty Gable
Jeremy Irons ... General Korchnoi
Thekla Reuten ... Marta
Douglas Hodge ... Maxim Volontov
Sakina Jaffrey ... Trish Forsyth
Sergei Polunin ... Konstantin
Sasha Frolova ... Anya
Sebastian Hülk ... Matorin
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Storyline

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.

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The road to forgiveness begins with betrayal. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, torture, sexual content, language and some graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

2 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Sparrow See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$69,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,853,422, 4 March 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,874,505, 7 June 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$150,230,691, 3 June 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Source novelist Jason Matthews made his technical expertise available to screenwriter Justin Haythe throughout the movie's adaptation from the source novel. "He's a sensational writer," Haythe said of Matthews. "Many of the technical aspects of the plot come from the book. If it was something invented, Jason was there on the end of the phone for technical advice, or he read the script and gave notes, which was hugely helpful. We were lucky to have an expert at the incubation period." Producer Peter Chernin agreed: "Jason gave incredibly detailed notes and feedback on our various script drafts, mostly regarding accuracy and believability of anything relating to Nate's, Dominika's, and their respective colleagues' tactics, etc." See more »

Goofs

When the Russian interrogator leaves Dominika, as she picks up her pistol from the table she holds and carries it with her finger on the trigger. This is contrary to basic gun safety rules and it's unlikely that anyone with military or government firearms training would do this, even if the gun is empty. See more »

Quotes

Dmitri Ustinov: And what is it you want from me?
Dominika Egorova: All I ever wanted was to be a dancer. Ever since I was a small child. And I would take the bus to rehearsal after school. And I would look out of the windows at the people going about their lives. Going to work, half asleep. And I would tell myself, I'm not like them. And I never will be. Because I'm special I want to be special again.
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Allegro Maestoso (Piano Sonata No. 8 in A Minor, K.310)
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Super Hero Or Spy?
2 August 2018 | by anitacharranSee all my reviews

This movie is based on a novel. It can be tough to translate the body of a novel into a movie. 50 Shades series is an example. The book is a spy thriller. The natural human body aspect of the trade goes back to James Bond. I remember those action films, also dealt with spies falling in love with one other. It was interesting for the same reason I find most espionage films interesting. The film version of From Russia With Love depicted the Soviet Union back in the 1970s as a cold and harsh intelligence agency that would easily murder one of its own if necessary. This compelling film visits the secretive KGB spy school that creates bait to blackmail the capitalist enemy in the name of the state. However, you would think the ascendancy of former KGB spook Putin to presidency would have retired that style of cold warfare. Look at Trump. Clearly not.

Red Sparrow takes place in recent past. The Russian spies want our heroine played by Jennifer Lawrence to be merely a puppet and be manipulated by those who want personal gain at her expense. they want more like the rampant sex trade that exists in Russia and other nations than a super spy. They fail because she is strong. I figured the extra running time (2 hours and 21 minutes) had mostly to do with including more of what was in the novel. I think the depiction of the sex school is what will make the audiences on this film. It feels powerful, sexy, curious and intriguing, like a blast of realpolitik.

Meanwhile we also follow what is to be the American hero in our story, Joel Edgerton, a CIA agent who may or may not have the machismo to lure a valuable female spy. They are to meet in Hungary, something that the CIA recognises as an attempt to get secret info from Edgerton. There is a moment at this point in the movie where several sub-plots appear. Lawrence's roommate in Budapest is another Russian spook and has a secret plan as another sex spy. The fat Russian diplomat-cum-pervert ringleader in Budapest has his own agenda. The different members of Russia intelligence have their own agenda. The story weaves between these subplots as Lawrence blows up expectations in order to preserve her life. One question that the audience may wonder about is how come when Lawrence's loyalty is questioned, her mother isn't used by the State for leverage. The answer: she already is. She is being blackmailed all along. Another is how the pieces of a puzzle that consist of the final plot twist are in for a dramatic and sexy twist.

I found myself excited to go into extra innings due to the extra plot twists. Lawrence does well not telegraphing her real intentions. The movie also is put together well, making good use of the locations in Hungary. There are also a couple of good shocks in the film, which means this is no ta Disney film with its millions of universe offshoots.

Watch it for heart pounding thrilling action. Watch it for the natural beauty of a woman. Watch it to see how evil the American spooks and the Russian slaves to the state are.


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