Red Sparrow

March 5, 2018 at 8:01 am | Posted in Dance Review, Film Review | Leave a comment
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A tongue-in-cheek summary would say that Jennifer Lawrence is the body double for Isabella Boylston – a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater – who plays Boshoi prima ballerina Dominika Egorova.

After a spectacular ballet sequence, Egorova is forced to become a ‘sparrow’ – spies trained to physically and psychologically seduce their targets. Jennifer Lawrence gets most of the screen time :-).

The film is gritty: torture, beatings, assassinations, etc. Yet there is a plot with many twists and betrayals: who is telling the truth? The props and lighting is excellent – a very Gorky Park 80’s grey vibe. The sparrow training sequences are harrowing. Egorova’s operational scenes take us through parts of Europe and London.

Worth giving a go.

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