Red Sparrow Review: A Jennifer Lawrence’s Seductive Thriller
Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Edgerton, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeremy Irons, Ciaran Hinds and Charlotte Rampling.
Screenwriter: Justin Haythe
Production Company: Chernin Entertainment, Film Rites.
Producers: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, David Ready and Steven Zaillian.
Executive Producers: Mary McLaglen, Garrett Basch
Production Designer: Maria Djurkovic
DOP: Jo Willems
Composer: James Newton Howard
Editor: Alan Edward Bell
Running time: 139 Minutes
Red Sparrow is an upcoming spy film, that has been based on the novel of the same name. The novel is written by Jason Mathews and the film is directed by Francis Lawrence starring Jennifer Lawrence, Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Edgerton, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeremy Irons, Joely Richardson and Charlotte Rampling. The movie is scheduled to be released on March 2nd, 2018. The film narrates the story of an intelligent officer, Dominika Egrova and her collaborated with Nathaniel Nash, a CIA agent and as well as an American mole living in Russia who she has to expose. J-Law plays the Russian Ballerina who turns into a seductress spy in this espionage film. Joel Edgerton plays the role of Nathaniel Nash; her nemesis in the trailer where the intones would speak,
“Young officers trained to seduce and manipulate, to use their bodies, to use everything: that’s what she is.”
The film on a whole has been sumptuous with nudity, sex scenes, and bloody altercations. Despite the trapping of the genre, the film has class oozing out of the supportive cast; Charlotte Rampling, Joely Richardson, and Jeremy Irons as well. If you’re looking forward to a perfect thrill that can amuse you and lift you up, you’re at the right place waiting for it.
Jennifer Lawrence plays the role of Dominika Egorova, who is a prima ballerina. However, her career gets destroyed by an onstage event and as a result, she gets sent to the Sparrow School by Vanya, her uncle. Being a sleaze he is the highest ranked in the SVR which is why he sends his niece to even such a camp. While this question remains highly unsettling and unanswered, Dominika would go to it. Putting it a nutshell, she actually thinks that she’s agreeing to a one night stand of betrayal for her own mother but that night rather turns into an assassination and if she doesn’t go full time that she will be killed for knowing too much information.
After her stint at the intriguing event of school, the students here are forced to act unsentimental about their lives, bodies and should do what they are told. There are few dialogues in the film that depict the idea ‘The body belongs to the state/situation). Dominika is then given the assignment. Nate Nash, played by Joel Edgerton is an American CIA man who flees to Russia after being almost caught meeting an officer who’s feeding the secrets to America. As a result, he now takes accommodation in Budapest where Dominika has to win his trust and expose his mole identity.
Dominika who till the point she meets Nash radiates the defiance, what we usually expect from a ballerina. However, she who is asked to fuck guys for her country; starts sliding into a survival mode. She then starts doing what is actually demanded of her but looking at the angles, she is shown as a free formal agent, here and there. Because of what is shown on the screen, it is highly possible for anyone to draw parallels between J.Law and the character, as both of them seem unimpeachable at many points.
Both J.Law and Edgerton shares an adequate chemistry that sets the screen on fire but because of the fumbling heat on the screen; it seems that the characters are trying to entrap the audience and wooing each other. From the start, you can clearly see the cat being out of the bag; Nate and Dominika have to work out before they actually collaborate with the faulty Ruskies. Dominika, however, gets in trouble with her roommate, who is a bureaucrat that gets assigned to monitor the work of Dominika and who contrives to solve all of her problems. In the process, she intercepts the chief as a Senator who is trying to sell secrets for around 1/4th million dollars. Mary-Louise, characterized as an American traitor has a screw-all attitude excels even in the shortest sequence.
The film is sure a thriller, but you will keep wondering why so many secrets? For some hinted reasons, all the information that the movie sells seem like the ones that come in the stack of six floppy discs. The sexiest spies toting on the physical hardware is evidently something which became obsolete in the lastest century. For those who never used anything, even everyone knows all these discs together will only carry around 9 megabytes of data while the iPhone app is around 100 megs. Dominika and Nate on their first assignment enjoy something lesser than the success but because of the film’s producers; the movie is beautiful. The action scene in the climax requires Dominika to be stupid and implausible which is not actually fun but head-smacking.
A spycraft sex film built around the Cold War 2.0 period, this film is arguably the best. Francis Lawrence’s Red Sparrow is nothing less than a target for all the Jennifer Lawrence’s fans as the film is entirely different from her previous film, ‘Mother!’. If you are a fan of dressing, make sure you pay attention to J. Law’s light curves with attractive colored clothing. This film is just like John Le Carre where there is a deep focus on the acquisition of the assets and as a result, there results in an uneasy balance between sensationalism and espionage in the film. Red Sparrow, on a whole, manages to attract a larger audience but leaves people highly satisfied.
Loosely based on the ‘Red Sparrow’ novel by Jason Matthews, a former CIA agent; the script has bigger chunks of what the book has and despite the epic length of the film, it has an emphasis on the J.Law’s synesthesia where she reads the personalities in the form of color codes with the blend of evasive and enticing street action. The novel managed to stay attentive to all of its characters (even the diets) and has chapters which end with the recipe but the film has around one shot for each character which doesn’t seem good but then again we have to stick to the running time, as well.
Coming to the performances of J.Law and Haythe, they hone in the Sparrow school well, where attractive and young recruits of the SVR; the Russian intelligence school who trains students only through seduction. An in session in the school where Charlotte Rampling educates the students with a quote, “Every human being is actually a puzzle in desperate need”; she insists them on knowing how to fill this need and operate on them to extract favors and secrets from the targets. Concluding, Red Sparrow is right enough and is a blatant film full of cheating and galling. After being arrived into the market, it had the audience rain crowding at the doors given the geopolitical fiction which is a wave especially when it has Russian politics. Red Sparrow gets the ball rolling into the audience and makes the film a laughable and as well as charming quint.