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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4 August 2018 | goudelock
7
| Mysterious and interesting.
Red Sparrow wasn't something special at all but for sure it was a very work well film with a mystery feeling and nice plot.Jennifer Lawrence was very good though and some plot twists make the movie a very good choice for an enjoyable night.

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Trivia

Director Francis Lawrence received the book as he added the finishing touches on 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2'. Associate producer Cameron MacConomy remembered: "We were both reading it at the same time. Every day, we would come in and find ourselves more and more excited about what we had read the night before." Director Lawrence added: "I fell in love with the book immediately. It just felt really fresh in terms of spy stories, and I fell in love with the character of Dominika Egorova, and her personal journey and her personal story and her dilemma in the story. I always gravitate toward personal lonely isolated characters and this story certainly focuses on a very isolated, lonely character. In addition, it was exciting to me, especially after having done three 'Hunger Games' movies in five years, to do something completely different, in terms of story, in terms of world, in terms of tone, in terms of rating, all of that. That was really interesting."


Quotes

Dominika Egorova: Are you a patriot?
Nate Nash: No.
Dominika Egorova: Why do you do what you do?
Nate Nash: It beats selling tires.
Dominika Egorova: Have you ever sold tires?
Nate Nash: No.
Dominika Egorova: Then you can't know, can you?


Goofs

The floppy discs used by the agents may seem cumbersome and obsolete. However, in real life, as of 2018, police and military do still use floppy disk to store classify documents. Since its impossible to hack or clone a floppy without having the physical disk in hand. let alone they need a floppy drive to even read it. So its technically accurate they would go through the trouble and uses like 8 floppies for security.


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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Age of Mutation
Written by
Andy LaPlegua (as Ole Anders Olsen)
Performed by Combichrist
Courtesy of Out of Line Music GmbH

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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