Film Review 2 – Red Sparrow (2018)

Conspiracy theories and spy thrillers are my kind of film attraction either fast moving action packed or simmering mystery drama such as Red Sparrow.

Throw in acting beyond her year’s Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence in a harsh role of former elite Russian ballet queen Dominika Egorova (such an outstanding name) recruited by a government secret sex intelligence team to become an undercover agent.

Her opening assignment after an extended intense training regime has her infiltrating a C.I.A officer who threatens to expose duel nations of integral secrets.

Reliable, solid lead Australian Joel Edgerton, as an American opposite trying to converse her to join the USA without breaching contact with her native Russia forming an unlikely partnership and forbidden romantic situations. Dominika has family whom she helps in quieter scenes proving her rare vulnerability.

Directed by her former Hunger Games auteur, Francis Lawrence creates the eerie atmosphere of unsavoury proportions for her lead to lurk around in.

The uncertain miserable future of Egorova carries over into the audience with moderate suspense as you never really know what is coming next, little is what it seems although keeping up with exact proceedings is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together with missing pieces.

The great Jeremy Irons can do no wrong in my eyes most of the time so the fact I liked Red Sparrow, helped me accept his toxic character mannerisms.

Focussing more on deliberately slow dramatic ascendance rather than sweeping momentum may not sit well for some, building to a twisted ending sure to shake up the viewer or at least a chance to wake up.

Shane A.Bassett | Movie Analyst

Mystery,Thriller | USA, 2018 | 15 | 1st March 2018 (UK) | 20th Century Fox Pictures | Dir.Francis Lawrence | Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Charlotte Rampling, Matthias Schoenaerts