Movie Review: Red Sparrow

March 15, 2018 at 12:02 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

Jennifer Lawrence stars in Red Sparrow, a twisting spy story littered with violence and sex. Spy stories aren’t for everyone, and I’m not a huge fan of the genre, but this one was pretty good.

From the trailers you get a good idea of what the movie is about. Lawrence plays a young woman in Russia who gets forced into the Sparrow program, a school that teaches men and women how to be spies without any morals. What the trailers don’t reveal is the true heart of the movie. This is a story about a character struggling to survive in a world populated by monsters. She has to out think and out maneuver everyone. This becomes an increasingly difficult task as her enemies begin to pile up and she falls deeper into the world of spies and espionage. Yet one of the strengths of this movie is how well the story twists around on itself to present intriguing new turns and character challenges.

Aside from Lawrence, who does a great job in the lead role, there’s a strong supporting cast. Joel Edgerton plays a CIA spy, Jeremy Irons and Matthias Schoenaerts play Russian spymasters, and Thekla Reuten plays a fellow Sparrow. The movie travels between Russia and eastern Europe, so there’s a little bit of variety with the environments, but it all takes place in various cities. There’s also some heaping amounts of violence and nudity, which seems to be stock and trade with spy movies.

In the end, Red Sparrow excels due to the strength of the story. If you can allow yourself to be swept away by the characters, it makes for a good journey. It’s not an over the top action thriller like the Bourne movies, as it strives for something more grounded and realistic. It’s also not a period piece as this seemingly takes place in modern Russia. So, if you’re out looking for a good move to check out, and don’t mind trying a spy movie, Red Sparrow is worth consideration. I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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