So I see a lot of movies in the theater, and somehow I never saw a single trailer for this one. A bit odd, but whatever, a lack of advertising seems to be more and more commonplace lately.
The movie is based on a talented Russian ballerina, who suffers an injury which ends her career and she is then recruited into a spy program called “Red Sparrow” which seem to be Russian spies specializing in using sexual tactics to win over trust.
My biggest complaint is that the chosen actress for this movie, Jennifer Lawrence, does not have the body build of a ballerina. They are very lean, with little body fat, at least the professional ones that the character is depicted as. Maybe, I’m being too stereotype-ish, but to me, Jennifer Lawrence is too curvy for the role. She has breasts, thighs and a butt. I’m not saying she’s fat, or unattractive in the least, but she is not what one thinks of when picturing a ballerina. There are other actresses out there, flat chested ones, who would have played this role better.
Jennifer Lawrence also isn’t who I think of when I picture a Russian. Again, it might be basing to much on stereotypes, but her accent isn’t the best, and her wigs look too fake.
But, all that aside, people seem to be flooding to the theater to see the movie because Jennifer Lawrence is in it. I guess they want to see her nudity, and the movie likely wouldn’t have seen the popularity it has if she wasn’t in it. In a world where people like big breasts, I guess Hollywood has no choice but to give us ballerinas with big breasts, no matter how unrealistic it is.
So for the movie itself. The plot is full of twists, and most won’t see the end twist coming. It’s a good movie if you enjoy a flick where revenge is mainstream and the bad guys get what’s due. That said, there are scenes that will make you squirm. The movie thrives on making the audience feel uncomfortable, both emotionally with the sex scenes and graphically with violence.
It’s not an action movie. I would call it a thriller or suspense type. And for a spy movie, it has a very simple plot that is easy to follow.
If you want to see some nudity, violence, and revenge, this is the movie to see, for sure. I’d give it a middle rating, and the audience it’s meant for is very selective. Not everyone should see this, only those who enjoy what I stated above.