Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ciarán Hinds, Joely Richardson, Mary-Louise Parker, Charlotte Rampling, Bill Camp, Sakina Jaffrey, Thekla Reuten, Sergei Polunin, Douglas Hodge.
Director: Francis Lawrence
Screenplay: Justin Haythe
Sometimes working from plot A to plot B is dang boring; guess what this film does. The "and then" structure makes for a rather bland viewing experience while everyone on screen are doing their mightiest to bring the film to life. The direction and editing bring this film down as there are still glorious moments which are still plaguing my brain.
Red Sparrow (2018) does not hold back with its depiction of ruthlessness, that being against women, torture, emotional battling. Francis Lawrence tries to have his cake and eat it too in regards to women's agency with sexual violence. We see our protagonist Dominika (Jennifer Lawrence) in some disgusting scenes which are only "quashed" when she gets immediate revenge. The male figures in this film really show the grossest version of masculinity which while fantastic to show the true horror of manhood, it is quite an overbearing and disturbing thing to see with little breathing room.
This is not a smart film, but it could have been a well produced, paced and edited film if given to other hands in the editing suite.