Lamar reviews - Red Sparrow

March 9, 2018

When Todd told me to go see Red Sparrow I reminded him that the lead actor in this movie is dead to me.   That makes this a difficult review because I’ve never done a review before where I did not say the name of the lead actor in the movie, but there’s a first time for everything.  I hate this because this was one of my most favorite actresses who is very talented.  But after watching Mother, the atrocious abomination of good sense and decency that some people consider a movie, I vowed to never watch her, listen to her, read about her, or even speak her name.  Not only was the movie a nonsensical bunch of existential BS they murder and eat a newborn that is supposed to represent the baby Jesus.  If you recall my review of Mother the most positive thought I could come up with was that director Darren Aronofsky should have his ass beat!  So here is my review of Red Sparrow whose star will not be named.


This is a spy movie but not like a James Bond or even last year’s Atomic Blonde with Charleze Theron.  Those movies are action packed thrill rides.  Red Sparrow is a dark and sometimes hard to watch. 

The person who will not be named plays Dominika Egorova, a prima ballerina with the Bolshoi Ballet.  Her position with the ballet allows her a decent apartment and medical care for her ailing mother.  When she has an accident and can no longer dance she is in danger of losing both the apartment and the medical car her mother desperately needs.  At the same time Nate, a CIA agent played by Joel Edgerton, is helping a high level Russian informant to keep from being caught.  Dominika’s uncle offers her a way to keep the apartment and help her mother.  He is a high ranking Russian Intelligence officer who convinces her to go to a spy school where they train women to use the art of seduction to get sensitive information.  They send her to get the name of the Russian mole from Nate.  Nate immediately makes her as an agent and goes about making her a double agent.  But wait is she a double agent that is actually a triple agent or possibly a quadruple agent?  Is she in love with Nate or only using him?  Is she loyal to her Uncle that is using her or is she loyal to nobody but herself?


Like I said, the movie is not packed with action such as car chases, explosions, shootouts, or big martial arts fight scenes.

What it does have is rape, torture, gruesome deaths and very uncomfortable sexual situations.  Its 2 hours and 20 minutes, Rated R for all of the above and graphic nudity.


The person who will not be named is going to be in X-Men: Dark Phoenix due out in November.  I assume that will be it for her for a while.  She is planning to take a year off from acting to fix our democracy.  I’m sure she’ll do a fantastic job, plus if I won’t have to see her on the screen for a while, I’m good with it. 


There is no fun in this movie.  The story line is intriguing and you really have to pay attention. But if you like this kind of movie this is not the worst one you’ll ever see. 


My Score: 3 Buds  


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Lamar reviews - Red Sparrow

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