R | | Action, Drama, Thriller
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.
The plot is similar to the TV movie Secret Weapons (1985), made during the Cold War era. Linda Hamilton played the 'Dominika Egorova' character and Sally Kellerman played the 'Matron' character. Several scenes at the school are very similar.
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.
One of soldiers involved in the interrogation strikes Katya to the back of the head with the wooden trudgeon. Such a strike carries an incredibly high risk of damaging vertebrae, or even detaching the brain stem causing immediate death. The risk of killing the subject of an interrogation through the use of such a strike, would be well understood by someone trained in interrogation technique. This is why rabbit punches are banged in contact sports.
The title doesn't appear until the 10-minute mark.
The UK version is cut for "strong sadistic violence" to earn a 15 certificate instead of an 18, which was done based on BBFC advice. 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:
$2,141,188 (Australia) (2 March 2018)
$46,874,505 (USA) (7 June 2018)
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