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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5 August 2018 | howardlongstaff
Beautiful Love Or Spy Film?
This is a beautiful film ridden with Post Cold War era psychological warfare and intelligence services doubling down. So prepare for brutality and violence. On the flip side we have Jennifer Lawrence a beautiful maiden playing a Russian who deploys her feminine wiles to fabulous effect. Lovers of sexy and engaging women, exposing Russians' immoral habits and excuses and super powers fighting it out: here is a film for all of you (us).

The answer: both

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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

Dmitri Ustinov: And what is it you want from me?
Dominika Egorova: All I ever wanted was to be a dancer. Ever since I was a small child. And I would take the bus to rehearsal after school. And I would look out of the windows at the people going about their lives. Going to work, half...


Goofs

Dominika suffers a broken left leg and has to use a cane to support herself. She is shown holding the cane with her left hand. This is not the correct way to support oneself if the left leg or foot is injured; she should use her right hand to hold the cane, thereby easing the pressure off the injured limb. Conversely, if her right leg or foot were injured, she should hold the cane using her left hand. When one walks, one's left hand and right foot swing forward, and then the right hand and left foot follow suit alternately. So, with her left leg injured, her right hand should hold the cane to help support the left leg.


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

Adagio - Allegro - Andantino - Più Allegro - Tempo I (Fantasia in C Minor K475)
Written by
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Mitsuko Uchida
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises

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Genres

Action | Drama | Thriller

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