Red Sparrow (2018)

R   |    |  Action, Drama, Thriller


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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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7 August 2018 | zhh-36945
Not For Children Or Moana Fans
This is a cold war thriller about a Russian of privilege being manipulated by the Russian state appatchiks to violate themselves and those around them. Deployed to fight the American enemy the beautiful and downright ideal Russian woman rolls up her sleeves to fight for herself above the enemy and so-called friend.

In a world dominated by Star Wars 7 and 8, the eighteenth Marvel film and sixteenth DC comic film this film stands out. Although on its own merits there is quite a lot to see... unless you prefer to watch yet another JJ Abrams sequel or something.

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Trivia

The Russian dub changes Dominika's name to "Veronica," since the name Dominika is practically unheard of in Russian speaking countries.


Quotes

Matron: The Cold War did not end, it merely shattered into a thousand pieces.


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.


Soundtracks

Brandenburg Concerto #1 in F Major, BWV 1046
Written by
Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Bach Collegium Japan, Conducted by Masaaki Suzuki
Courtesy of BIS Records
By arrangement with Source/Q

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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