REVIEW: “RED SPARROW” (2018) 20th Century Fox

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So with my media screening confirmation for “RED SPARROW” we received this note from Director Francis Lawrence. I much appreciated this as I hate spoilers and always try to avoid them in reviews. However, after the screening, I’m thinking he doesn’t want anyone to reveal his ‘plot points’ and ‘ending’ because they are downright ridiculous.

To sum this up quickly and make this review as painless and short as possible the basics of this story is Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence), a Bolshoi Ballet dancer – yes, if you eyerolled here, you are not alone – who sees her career go down the tubes when her dance partner makes a bad move and breaks her leg. It’s a horrible break which would take months to heal let alone walk in heels – and yet there she is three miraculous months later – running around in heels. Not just that, but she finds out of a conspiracy on the part of the aforementioned partner and her replacement. This is all thanks to the fact that her uncle Vanya Egorov (Matthias Schoenaerts), who is nothing less than one of the heads of the secret service of the “mother country” has given her secret tape on this. Dominika exacts a revenge that can only been seen to be believed, in other words yes, again ridiculous. She is then faced with the need to keep her home and medical care for her sick mother, Nina (Joely Richardson), both of which have been provided by the Bolshoi. Well weclome back Uncle Vanya who offers her a job because you know..she has been so intuitive as a child even. YAWN! Well, sweet Uncle Vanya sends her to ‘Sparrow School’ or as JLaw puts it in her ridiculously bad Russian accent, Whore School. You know that place we all want to go to because they train you to have sex and use your body as a weapon to overcome the enemy. After watching some of the weirdest, most uncomfortable sex scenes to grace the screen in a long time, we go to part duex. Sigh.

Dominika has to approach Nate Nash (Joel Edgerton), a CIA agent who had been working for years with a mole in Moscow and who eventually had to leave the country when he unmasked himself when he mistook some police officers for secret service agents. Nash and Dominika immediately begin a relationship because of course they do – and of course the physical attraction will prove to be a bond to guarantee a “mutual benefit”.

Honestly, that’s all I can give and it’s even more than planned. Red Sparrow is just plain ridiculous and bad. There is no chance anyone is EVER going to believe Jennifer Lawrences’ performance here as not only a ballerina, but a Russian Agent to boot. EVER! Nor Joel Edgerton as a spy – I mean when is this guy ever going to speak his native Aussie again? He really tries with his accents, but never really gets it right. Not even my go to guy, Matthias Schoenaerts or the great Jeremy Irons can save this film. It’s almost like if Fifty Shades of Grey met Die Hard in the worst way possible. With Domenika’s line “They gave me a choice: die or become a sparrow.” I wish I could have chose for her and saved myself from watching this.

Grade: D-
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Media Review Screening: Tuesday, Febraury 20, 2018 ~ Courtesy of 20th Century Fox
RED SPARROW will be in theatres worldwide on Friday, March 2, 2018

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4 thoughts on “REVIEW: “RED SPARROW” (2018) 20th Century Fox

  1. Oh man!
    Well, I’ve read the book and to be honest, I didn’t expect any other outcome than this and yet your review has me completely delight. I mean, I’m sorry you were subjected to it, but selfishly it was almost worth it so that I could be entertained here today. It’s vicarious, sure, but I’ll take it! You’re wonderful.
    Now I’m going to reread your review in a Russian accent.

    • “Curtsies” in the Russian Way. At least one good thing came out of this movie – entertaining others with the experience. And the only way to read it is in a BAD ..as in ‘oh so very bad’ Russian accent.

  2. As a native Russian speaker, I guess I should just run the opposite way from this movie, lol? I generally like attempts at Russian in films, and Michael Stuhlbarg (Dr. Robert Hoffstetler)’s turn at Russian in The Shape of Water is just an example I enjoyed, but I never really saw this character as a Russian person. Since many characters in Red Sparrow are supposed to be Russian, I think I will just go crazy – in negative way – over the movie šŸ™‚

    • Oh goodness – wait for it on cable or something. Don’t spend money on it as you will scream outloud in the theatre at the screen at how awful the accents are!! hahahaha You will not only go crazy – you will lose your mind! šŸ™‚

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