Directed by Francis Lawrence.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, Ciarán Hinds, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons, and Joely Richardson.
Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to ‘Sparrow School,’ a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. But her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
Francis Lawrence’s Red Sparrow is being marketed as some Kgb Kingsman flick with Atomic Blonde undertones – or, even better, a snipe on Marvel’s Black Widow plans – but this Jason Matthews adaptation is none of the above (quite assertively). Maybe something between Hitchcock and Verhoeven, but never as deceptive or shocking. Expect sparse action inserts, glum psychological abuse and vastly more beatings for Jennifer Lawrence than mother! exploited. There’s something about gender manipulation to be said here, it’s just frozen under thick Soviet