R | | Action, Drama, Thriller
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.
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."
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?
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.
The title doesn't appear until the 10-minute mark.
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:
$2,141,188 (Australia) (2 March 2018)
$46,874,505 (USA) (7 June 2018)