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Red Sparrow Movie Review

Updated on March 9, 2018
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

Red Sparrow follows the story of young Russian ballerina Dominika who has a horrible accident during one of her performances and is now unable to achieve her dream. However, her uncle has an idea. He asks her to join Russian Intelligence as a "Red Sparrow", a secret agent of sorts who excels in seduction and manipulation.

Sounds like a steamy thriller, right? Unfortunately, it's nothing like it could or should have been. The film's setup is superb, but it's the following hour and 15 minutes that absolutely drags and makes you wonder if you walked into the wrong theater. The final hour picks up its pace and reintroduces the mystery and intrigue, building up to its twist wonderfully. The film quite literally isn't half bad, but the remaining half not only switched gear and tone but also switched theme. It went from "double-agent spy mystery" to 10 Ways to Seduce Your Target. Was the film trying to show us how depraved Russians are, or how desparate we as a society make our younger people? I think it tried to show us the ugliness of humanity and how easy it is to conform to said ugliness. The problem is, the film can't quite decide what exactly it's attempting to get across to us and instead sends us more mixed signals than a prom date.

Top marks to the actors, though, especially Jennifer Lawrence. She nailed that Russian accent fantastically and almost made you think an actual Russian dubbed the voicework for her. She was impressive, no doubt, and held her own in a sea of male costars.

In conclusion, I have to say I am disappointed to an extent and yet impressed to a certain point. There are equally elements of the film I both liked and disliked. With everything in mind, I give the film a 2 out of 4.

© 2018 Alec Zander

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