Red Sparrow (2018)

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Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School,' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.

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Trivia

When 'Red Sparrow' source novelist Jason Matthews completed his thirty-three year tenure with the CIA, he found that he was not content to remain idle in his retirement. Flush with time, Matthews took up writing for his second act. "The career was so experiential. There was a great gap to fill," Matthews says of his adjustment to post-CIA life. "It was either day trading, or fishing, or going for walks. It was as much therapy as anything else, starting to write." The longtime fan of John le Carré and Ian Fleming began work on 'Red Sparrow', which was published in 2013 and became a best-seller and the foundation for a trilogy: 'Palace of Treason' was the second in the series and upcoming is 'The Kremlin's Candidate'.


Quotes

Dominika Egorova: I think one day you will understand.
Nate Nash: No, I don't think I will. Some things can't be sacrificed. We don't throw people away.


Goofs

The floppy discs used by the agents may seem cumbersome and obsolete. However, in real life, as of 2018, police and military do still use floppy disk to store classify documents. Since its impossible to hack or clone a floppy without having the physical disk in hand. let alone they need a floppy drive to even read it. So its technically accurate they would go through the trouble and uses like 8 floppies for security.


Crazy Credits

The title doesn't appear until the 10-minute mark.


Alternate Versions

At the distributor's request, the UK version (both in cinemas and on video) is cut for "strong sadistic violence" to earn a 15 certificate instead of an 18. As both countries make up the same distribution region, Ireland also received the same cut version (rated 16 for cinema and 18 on video). The contentious scene shows Ustinov being strangled:

  • In the UK version, we only see a brief establishing shot where his hands are covering his throat, cutting right to a close-up of Dominika struggling but completely clean. The censored footage shows the wire cutting into Ustinov's throat for much longer, in more graphic detail after his arms hang loose, and him bleeding on Dominika's chest.
  • Ustinov collapsing uses an alternate shot in the UK version, and the second close-up of Dominika is digitally bloodless as with the first, but there's still blood on her chest when putting on her clothes as per the uncut version (a continuity error).
The uncut version is roughly 13 seconds longer.


Soundtracks

Allegro Maestoso (Piano Sonata No. 8 in A Minor, K.310)
Written by
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Mitsuko Uchida
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Action | Drama | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

2 March 2018

Language

English, Russian


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Budapest, Hungary

Box Office

Budget:

$69,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,141,188 (Australia) (2 March 2018)

Gross:

$46,874,505 (USA) (7 June 2018)

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