Movie review: Red Sparrow

Movie review: Red Sparrow

About Red Sparrow 

After she suffers an injury that ends her career Prima ballerina Dominika Egorova faces a bleak and uncertain future after. She turns to Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use their bodies and minds as weapons. Dominika emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow after completing the sadistic training process. As she comes to terms with her new abilities, she meets a CIA agent who tries to convince her that he is the only person she can really trust.

What I thought

When I went to the cinema last week I wasn’t intending to watch Red Sparrow. Truth be told my boyfriend wouldn’t watch 50 Shades and with his choices being Tomb Raider, Black Panther or this, I made my decision.

Our first date had in fact involved seeing a Jennifer Laurence movie and I guess that helped drive my decision. Other than the cast list I knew nothing about the movie and went in with no expectations.

What I discovered is yet another incredible performance from the actress. As the movie touches on the intelligence training school that was created in Soviet Russia I found myself pulled into a story that was full of twists and what I’ve later discovered historical accuracy.

Based on the book Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews this tale of espionage is not for the faint-hearted, with rape, torture and nudity filling quite a bit of the  2 hours and 21 minutes. However, this story although dark in its telling is both gripping and insightful. I was fascinated by this story and intrigued to learn the outcome. From the beginning, I was captivated by the history and its telling.

Red Sparrow looks set to divide the critics, it will never be deemed a cold war classic but Jennifer Laurence and cast have brought to life a story that will be talked about for years to come, whether in a good way or bad!

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