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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1 December 2018 | yqokkicj
8
| Could Have Used More Flaunting And Violence But This Is As Good As it Gets
In Hollywood nowadays. I mean it is this or the umpteenth sequels and remake (is the fifteenth remake of Grinch and reboot of Star Trek out yet?).

Even Jennifer Lawrence has made a career of sequels and franchise films so to see this film makes one feel a little better about the improvement in this world. The director does a fine job here. The film begins with Soviet Russians' mercilessness and takes on a life of its own. The leads dispense with glamour and embrace the gritty without dramatic shadows and light, and the plot (about modern inhumanity) is without hyped up dramatics. This is a movie as down in the mouth as the world it represents, and it's all deliberate, and smart. I love how Lawrence deploys her beauty and allure and how the super powers launch into warfare depicting their immorality.

This is the stuff of a breakthrough movie. It isn't quite as gripping now, I think, but it still sucks you in. Although the cold war has restarted, hasn't it? There are many scenes in cars, including a speeding car scene and many good old street stuff. The plot and pace of things is more steady and exciting than anything else.

Check this film out. A special movie that actually reveals something about spook life, hard core, no glitz. Yeah, even as a woman I have to say Lawrence has nice breasts.

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Trivia

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.


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

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.


Crazy Credits

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


Alternate Versions

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:

  • 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.


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28b. Pas de Deux: Adagio (The Sleeping Beauty, op. 66, th.13 / Act 3)
Written by
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by National Philharmonic Orchestra (as The National Philharmonic Orchestra), Richard Bonynge
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises

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