Red Sparrow

R (for strong violence, torture, sexual content, language and some graphic nudity)
Running time:
140 minutes

Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat. When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.

Release date:
March 2, 2018
Quick review:
Lays an egg. Jennifer Lawrence is a Russian woman who washes out as a ballerina and so is trained as a spy/seductress. Her training involves sexual abuse and other forms of brutalization, taking the edge off the movie’s claim to female empowerment. Joel Edgerton is the CIA man she’s assigned to manipulate. Co-starring Jeremy Irons, Ciaran Hinds and Matthias Schoenaerts.