Academy Award® Winner Jennifer Lawrence is Dominika, a former ballerina forced to enter Sparrow School, a secret government program that thrusts her into a treacherous espionage game between Russia and the CIA. She emerges trained as a lethal agent, but is trapped in a world she desperately wants to escape. Red Sparrow “twists and turns until the shocking conclusion” (Andrew Freund, Dish Nation, FOX-TV) – you will not see coming.
Director Francis Lawrence (Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2) reunites with in this edge-of-your-seat spy thriller. RED SPARROW includes over 90 minutes of bonus material that takes you inside the making of the film, exploring real-life source material with the author, cast commentary, deleted scenes and much more.
One of the things I like about Jennifer Lawrence is that she can be really versatile and is able to create a strong screen presents, which is important for this type of movie. Sadly, that was just not the case in Red Sparrow. As much as I wanted to love this movie, I only liked it at best. Unfortunately the plot is full of holes and let downs. The action scenes are not bad, in-fact there are a few impressive moments that make the movie watchable. I found Lawrence’s performance very flat, which might be what they were going for but it just didn’t resonate well with me. While I am typically drawn to films that create a strong female lead from horrific circumstance, I found nothing empowering about this character or her story. It’s not the worst film I’ve seen, but if were asked, I would give it 1 1/2 stars out of 5.
The film is based on the novel by retired CIA agent Jason Matthews, who has over three decades of experience in the spy field. Watching Red Sparrow has me slightly interested in reading the book at some point, it might be where a viewer can repair and fill the damage and holes of the movie.
The Blu-ray does offer a nice selection of bonus features. If you are a movie fan like myself, they are worth a watch.
- A New Cold War: Origination and Adaptation
- Agents Provocateurs: The Ensemble Cast
- Tradecraft: Visual Authenticity
- Heart of the Tempest: On Location
- Welcome to Sparrow School: Ballet and Stunts
- A Puzzle of Need: Post-Production
- Director Commentary by Francis Lawrence
- 10 Deleted Scenes (With Optional Commentary by Francis Lawrence)
- Movies Anywhere Digital Code
FTC Disclosure: I received free product for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.