I wasnt sure what to expect when I sat down this week to watch Red Sparrow, the latest home release featuring Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games Quadrilogy) and directed by Francis Lawrence ( Director of all The Hunger Games movies bar the first one). I figured Red Sparrow would be a decent film, but would follow the similar path that Jennifer and Francis followed in their previous films, albeit a strong female character, overcoming the odds and winning whatever conflict she faced and saving the date for others involved in Sparrows world. Well part of that might be true but im happy to write that I massively under judged Red Sparrow.
Russian Ballerina Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) is recruited to ‘Sparrow School,’following a career changing injury on stage. She then begins the process of being emotionally rebuild by the Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon and also as a tool to outwit enemies of the state.. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations and puts Dominika in some very dangerous scenarios.
I cant say enough good things about this from. From the opening scenes, this film shows you who is in charge with its gorgeous cinematography, set decoration, acting, storyline, music. All top notch. Its difficult when talking about a film you really, really enjoyed as you run the risk of overhyping the film, and that is a very dangerous thing, but I did love Red Sparrow.
Jennifer Lawrence gives another outstanding performance as the tough, yet vulnerable, super seductive, yet deadly ‘Sparrow’ and is able to play ‘wounded’ and ‘killer’ at the blink of an eye and for those who are fans of her work. this one will not let you down. And if any of you havent seen any of Jennifers work other than The Hunger Games stories, then Id highly recommend you give Red Sparrow a go.
Another standout performance in this film is Charlotte Rampling who plays ‘Matron’ who is most definitely in charge of training the ‘Sparrows’ before they fly the nest with the sole mission. To serve their country however their country demands. Charlotte plays unsympathetic and stern better than almost anyone ive seen on screen for a long time. Also joining this already great cast is Joel Egerton (as Nate Nash, the previously mentioned CIA agent), and Jeremy Irons as General Korchnoi.
One thing I will warn of though is that even though this film reunites two of the stars of The Hunger Games, movies (director and star) this film ups the violence and nudity. This is most definitely not what I would class as an addition to the ‘young adult’ genre. Any violence in the film is perfectly placed though and not just done for any sort of gratuity. Red Sparrow is set in a tough world, with very tough characters and so a simple ‘damn you’ or slap to the face wouldnt suffice. Be warned! However after the warning, please do check out this film as its easily one of my favourite films of the year.
Red Sparrow is available now on all formats