Let's start with the few positives.
I'm giving this a 3 because it clearly has a big budget and there is production quality here. There are beautiful vistas and costumes, and you can see some time and effort has been spent on the production, in particular the design. It is not a 'poor quality' film in a production sense. I think there is also the potential for a genuinely good film here.
Where it falls down is ...... everywhere else.
I was honestly dismayed by this film in almost every way. The script is really poor with very basic, boring dialogue and the terrible dialogue is further exacerbated by very poor direction and editing. The film is all over the place, it is very messy, the way scenes are cut just seems all wrong. It actually feels like a rough first draft rather a final cut. I think much more time needed to be spent on the screenplay and then in the editing suite to clean this film up. Because, as is, it results in a very poor experience for the viewer.
The acting performances are also very poor. JLaw makes an effort physically but she shows no emotion in her face. I'm not sure if that is just her mediocre level of acting ability? But the result is sub par. As for the rest of the actors, they make minimal effort. They are all walking through their lines with no depth or any feeling. This results in no tension, no chemistry, and no interest from the viewers. I was extremely bored and disappointed throughout this film, to the point of falling asleep. Towards the end, I considered walking out and I understand why others have walked out. This film is just not compelling at all.
Then there is the very poorly handled gratuitous nudity, sexual violence, and violence in general. I am by no means a prude and I love action films and fight sequences - when they are done well. But the sex and violence in this film was just plain awful. It was gory and shocking, and amateurish - as if it was being written and filmed by a sick teenage boy. There was also absolutely no need for it. I think the director was delusional enough to imagine it served as a "motivation" for Dominika but as a woman let me tell you there was nothing motivating about those ridiculously bad rape and torture scenes.
Finally, it is clearly an Anti-Russian propaganda piece. The fact that the book was written by an ex CIA agent tells you all need to know. The story is basically a dull, juvenile, patriotic fantasy. In this film, Russians are all evil, sick and twisted while Americans are angelic heroes. It is very insulting to sit through such a tacky and transparent effort.
In fact, at one point when the film was once again cutting awkwardly from an incredibly long and boring scene to a jarring gory scene, I wondered if the audience was being force fed horrible images and brainwashed in some kind of MKULTRA mind control experiment. That's honestly how bad it is and how bad this movie makes you feel, in general.
I can't really recommend this film to anyone. It is not enjoyable at all, in fact, is is quite disturbing. I left wanting to forget it and I don't plan to ever sit through it again.
Red Sparrow (2018) 1080p YIFY Movie
Red Sparrow (2018) 1080p
Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School,' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
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The Synopsis for Red Sparrow (2018) 1080p
A young Russian intelligence officer is assigned to seduce a first-tour CIA agent who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception, and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but the lives of others as well.
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The Reviews for Red Sparrow (2018) 1080p
Three stars is generousReviewed bysaffronteaVote: 1/10
Let's start with the few positives.
I somehow understand where about 40% of the critics (professional or otherwise) are coming from. They expect fast pace action, laugh a few minute , action packed thriller movie a la True Lies if I dare say. One that this movie is not - its an old fashioned, pace building movie with plot twist and turns that keeps you guessing.
I've read a couple of reviews saying that the acting is bland and there's no chemistry between the main protagonists. J.Law's poker face acting is close to perfect to be honest . Shows her capacity to bottle her emotions and be unpredictable. Of course US of A will always get the last laugh but there was a possibility that it may also go the other way.
I enjoyed it, but that's me.
Though I'm a fan of Ms Lawrence and wouldn't fault her performance all that much, this film's attempt to portray Russia as the home of overly cruel spymasters doesn't ring very true to me. It smells of over-the-top propaganda hoping to cast Russia as some soulless country without moral compass. If the US were given this treatment, we would all see through the overwrought bias. But as Russia is in the news, we tend to tolerate this kind of hyperbole.
At the start I really couldn't picture Ms Lawrence as a Russian for some reason. But she does a fairly good job of bringing her role to life, despite a lame accent. Quickly, however, I started to wish I had read the book first. There's a buildup and then a middle act that the director pretty much bungles. The problem is Red Sparrow's psyche is not well delineated during a crucial time in the story. All the plot elements are there but they're deliberately not gathered together. Why, I have no idea, as the story might have been much more compelling if played out under better direction. But then that might have been how the book does it.
Anyway, I was sorry to have missed Bruce Willis' new movie by the time it was over. It was also opening this weekend. Red Sparrow didn't work for me on several levels but I doubt Ms Lawrence's career takes much of a hit.