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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19 July 2018 | Stephanie-Naderi
The arrest of a Russian spy by the FBI this week
Shows how close to truth this film is. It is not a documentary however. It is lots of fun. Has a lot of action, violence and sex (the Russian FBI arrested had moved in with a Conservative leader). The main actor and actress give it their all and put ina fine performance.

Yet nothing is as brutal as the film's beginning where hopes are literally shattered.

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Trivia

As an executive producer on this picture, screenwriter Justin Haythe remained with the film through its wintry production in Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; Vienna, Austria and London, England. [Director] "Francis Lawrence has involved me in the process," said Haythe. "We worked very closely in the adaptation process, and he has involved me in the process of filming, to sit in rehearsals, to give notes, to make whatever changes need to be made. That only really happens with a director who is completely in control of what he is doing."


Quotes

Marta: We'll always be their whores. Unless, of course, we have something they want. If I were you I'd find something.


Goofs

Boucher receives $250,000 in cash, but given current security practices, doesn't have a way to bring the money back into the U.S.


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
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Action | Drama | Thriller

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