Red Sparrow (2018)
While it is true that Jennifer Lawrence makes any film better, she follows up her X-Men (2016) and Mother! (2017) films with a bit of a flop. Though an exceptional actress, it was the movie, not the actress that caused the tailspin.
J. Law plays Dominika Egorova, a ballerina-turned spy when her uncle sends her to the Russian Sparrow School. Her codename at one point is Katrina, a fairly obvious connection to her character in Hunger Games, Katniss. Anyway, as an untested secret agent, she is ordered to make contact with C.I.A. agent Niate Nash (Joel Edgerton) in order to reveal the identity of an unknown Russian informant.
Though there are some surprise moments, the plot is a bit too convoluted and unrealistic. After being in the Sparrow School only 3 months, Dominika is sent on the secret mission for the State - whereby all that we see that she learns is how to accept and dismiss sexual violation and learn how to administer this sexual control to someone else. There are no other evidence that she is learning anything useful (except for one lock-picking class). The first act is well-done and quite interesting however, by the time she leaves the Sparrow School the movie loses its luster, especially with the poor chemistry between Lawrence and Edgerton. Keep in mind that this was just as much of a writing problem as it was casting problem - I just don’t feel that Edgerton was the right person for the role.
Several of the cast members did wonderful job, most notable is Belgian actor Mattias Schoenaerts who played Dominika’s uncle Vanya, and Charlotte Rampling who played the Sparrow School’s matron. The wife and I had seen her since she played Doctor Evelyn Vogel in Dexter. Ciarán Hinds (best know as Caesar in Rome) had a small, yet well-played role as Zakharov, while actors Mary-Louise Parker (Stephanie Boucher) and Jeremy Irons (General Karchnoi)were quite poor. I like to give most.... [Read all at Joycereview.info]
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