Review: Red Sparrow (2018)

Red Sparrow

– At Your Discretion – R, Mystery, Thriller


Red Sparrow is not worth the money you would pay to go and see it in a theater. Not even on a $5 day.

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s discuss the premise of this movie, because that at least seemed interesting. Jennifer Lawrence plays a ballerina named Dominika Egorova. She is the sole provider for her mother (Joely Richardson), who is handicapped from an unnamed illness. After an unfortunate accident during a performance, Egorova is forced into an early retirement. Unsure of how to continue paying for housing and her mother’s doctors, Lawrence’s character turns to her Uncle Vanya Egorov (Matthias Schoenaerts) who works for SVR (Russian Intelligence). After vigorous training, Dominika is sent to intercept and seduce an American intelligence agent, Nate Nash (Joel Edgerton). Will she be able to attain true independence?

Let me just start by saying that the fault of this movie does not lie with the actors. Instead, look for it in the writing itself. Red Sparrow thinks that it is clever and therein lies its fatal flaw. There are some decent twists and turns, but all of this is overshadowed by the total lack of bodily autonomy that Jennifer Lawrence’s character is given all throughout the movie. One of her character’s biggest plot points is basically thrown out a window three-fourths of the way through the show. I know that the movie and the book it’s based on are rooted in real life events. However, in the current social climate, an entire movie based on the use of sexual assault to further its plot was not well thought out. There was a tasteful way to portray this film and this train-wreck did not ever hit a mark where it could be called tasteful. There are really only two things that we truly know about Dominika Egorova: she loves her mother and people can have sex with her.

If you’re looking for a positive aspect to this film, you can find it in the soundtrack. The music hit the perfect note of suspense, even when the film couldn’t. Honestly, there are few things about the movie that you can’t get from the trailers. Save your money and avoid Red Sparrow this weekend. If you want to see us talk about this movie and the actors more in depth, check out our video review over on YouTube.


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