Jennifer Lawrence as Dominika Egorova
Joel Edgerton as Nate Nash
Matthias Schoenaerts as Ivan Dimitrevich Egorov
Charlotte Rampling as “Matron”
Mary-Louise Parker as Stephanie Boucher
Jeremy Irons as General Vladimir Andreievich Korchnoi
In theatres March 2
4 out of 5 stars
Beautiful Dominika Egorova (Lawrence), a prima ballerina in the Bolshoi Ballet, is used to the glittering lights of the stage. After a brutal career ending injury, she is facing eviction from her state sponsored housing. This puts a tremendous burden on her as she is her ailing mother’s sole caregiver. Without her position in the ballet their prospects look grim until her uncle offers her an opportunity to prove herself useful. He has a position of some weight with the Russian government. He asks her to take part in a shady intelligence gathering operation that involves getting “close” to someone in order to extract information. The plan takes a deadly twist and Dominika must chose between death or being put into a spy training program. She of course chooses the program. The Sparrow program teaches men and women to use their sexuality as a weapon to play on the weaknesses of their victims to manipulate, extract information and secrets. As she is put through her indoctrination, Dominika struggles to overcome her moral and physical objections to be coming a sexual tool of government espionage. She learns quickly, and as she learns, she begins to realize that she actually has the power to take control of her life and get what she wants instead of being the victim of other men’s desires.
Red Sparrow is a tasty little web of sex, lies, and betrayal. Jennifer Lawrence shines as Dominika, a young woman who is thrown into a world that is designed to make her an expendable pawn in a game of intrigue. Shed “dances” as fast as she can to keep her head above water while she’s bouncing between her obligation to her uncle, her commitment to taking care of her mother all the while using her wits to stay alive. Joel Edgerton plays an american CIA operative from whom Dominika needs to get information, but how far is she willing to go to get it? This movie is a delicate little game of cat and mouse between the two. Edgerton’s performance seems slightly weak in comparison to Jennifer’s but I think that’s by design. We’re never quite sure how much She’s playing him and just how much he’s falling for her. Spotlight on Mary Louise Parker as a boozy US Government official who is selling secrets. She’s a short lived character but fun.
This movie is very stylish and lush including a rich musical score that fits the backdrop of a Russian saga. Bottom line: If you like a spy thriller, Red Sparrow is a treat especially the sweet little twist at the end. Delicious! This one’s a keeper!
Check out the trailer for “RED SPARROW” below: