Red Sparrow is a spy thriller film based on the novel of the same name by former CIA operative Jason Matthews. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and is directed by Francis Lawrence known for directing three out of the four films in the Hunger Games series (not the first one with the shaky handheld camera views that often gave audience motion sickness).
The film follows prima ballerina Dominika Egorova played by Jennifer Lawrence who is unable to dance anymore and ends up being recruited by her uncle to become a ‘Sparrow’ for the Russian government. A ‘Sparrow’ isn’t an average spy operative but is one that is taught to use their body as a weapon by manipulating and seducing their targets. Dominika is forcefully employed by her uncle to uncover the identity of the mole sharing intelligence with the Americans.
The film is no short feature running for 2 hours and 20 minutes. While no performances really stood out, the cast consisting of Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Jeremy Irons all equally work together to set up an intriguing story.
Although the film does at times feel long, the twists and big reveal at the end, I feel, make sitting through this long feature worth the wait. Despite the twists and the turns however, the film is quite forgettable even though I enjoyed it. If you are a fan of any of the actors or if you love thrillers, I would recommend giving this film a chance. Red Sparrow is not bad, it’s just not memorable.