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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21 July 2018 | chantal-pastorek-bigniggs
Excellent film and excellent news
Firstly, this is an amazing film. It stands out in a world full of childish sequels, prequels and bland and boring movies. Finally, a film for adults with action, intrigue, psychological warfare and sex. I am glad they still make films like this.

Secondly, and this is the good news part or rather second piece of good news, all the Russian hackers and bots whose life is comprised of not doing constructive are not very good. We have proof here. They have flooded this site and others according this film bad reviews, but given their command of 'English' we can spot them so easily and breathe a sigh of relief that they are so obvious. Clearly, Russian motherland defenders (who do nothing to improve their decrepit country all day and instead sit behind their computers 24/7) are pathetic.

Here are examples just from the top page of reviews here:

"Red rate for red movie"

"This is so money waste to watch this."

A reviewer called 'english'_artist writes: "Porn movie or 'spie' movie?"

or how about this: "blatant propaganda in 2018 DansGame "

Dear Russians, put down the vodka bottle, turn off the laptop, step outside and pave a road or repair a bridge. They are all crumbling.

Everyone else, this is an action-packed film in a sea of weekly Marvel films or boring sequels. Watch it.

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Trivia

Of director Francis Lawrence and actress Jennifer Lawrence, producer Peter Chernin said: "Francis made three 'Hunger Games' movies with Jen, and when he read this book, he thought immediately this would be their next collaboration. From there we had to find a good match, which we did in Joel [Edgerton], who we have worked with before as well. Same with Matthias [Schoenaerts], who we've worked with. We chose to go much younger with this role than originally scripted, which we think added something very different to the dynamic with Jen."


Quotes

Vanya Egorov: You are special. You have a gift like me. You see through people. You see them for what they really are. You do this for me, and I'll let you go if that's what you want. But I feel you won't. This is what you are meant to do.
Dominika Egorova: Yes, uncle.


Goofs

When Nate meets with his source, then is followed by Russian police, they shout "Stop! Militsiya!", which was the name of the police force in Russia until 2011. The cars, however, have the word "politsiya" - Police inscribed with Russian characters on the side, which is correct.


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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Written by Vika Vasilevich
Performed by Vika
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Action | Drama | Thriller

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