By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
The engrossing and brutally violent spy thriller, “Red Sparrow”
is Jennifer Lawrence’s
most daring and ambitious movie yet.
Directed by Francis Lawrence--who helmed the actress in three of “The Hunger Games” films--“Red Sparrow” “is a twisty tale of sex, seduction, torture and espionage.
Dominika Egorova (Lawrence) was doing just fine as a ballerina performing to appreciative audiences at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater. Then she suffers a horrendous and career ending accident on stage and her life is soon spiraling out of control.
Now that Dominika can no longer dance, the ballet company that was footing the bill for all her accommodations including the healthcare expenses of her invalid mother Nina (Joely Richardson, “Fallen” and “Snowden”) decides it’s time to cut ties with her.
With limited options, Dominika reluctantly accepts an offer from her ruthless uncle Vanya Egorov (Matthias Schoenaerts, “The Danish Girl”) who heads the Russian Intelligence service.
This guy looks like he could be the younger brother of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Only he’s far better looking, but still a creep since he wants to pounce on Dominika.
Vanya is eager to get Dominika to work for him as a spy and attend a special school where she’ll be trained in the art of seduction and other psychological espionage tactics.
Graduates of the training school are called “Sparrows.” The Sparrow School is run by a stern headmistress (The perfectly cast Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”). It’s here that Dominika experiences torture and even an attempted rape by one of her colleagues. But, she’s a quick study and does get even with him.
However, Dominika’s first big test is to cozy up in a Moscow hotel with a corrupt billionaire and then help identify a Russian mole. This mysterious traitor is supposedly providing classified information to an American CIA operative named Nate Nash (Joel Edgerton, “Loving”).
The plot thickens when Dominika and Nate become romantically involved. Is is this all an act? Is Dominika really that naïve or does she have an end game that involves other Russian Intelligence operatives like General Korchnoi (Jeremy Irons, “Justice League”) and Col. Zyuganov (Ciaran Hinds, TV’s “The Terror”)?
And there are some secret discs that have placed the US Chief of Staff Stephanie Boucher, (Mary-Louise Parker, TV’s “Mr. Mercedes”) in a predicament.
The answers don’t come quickly or neatly and that’s what makes “Red Sparrow-- all 140 minutes of it--such a clever, intriguing and stunning spy thriller.
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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.