This article is about the film. For the book on which the film is based, see Red Sparrow (book)
Red Sparrow is a 2018 American spy film directed by Francis Lawrence and written by Justin Haythe, based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Jason Matthews. The film stars an ensemble cast made up of Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jeremy Irons. It tells the story of a Russian intelligence officer who is sent to make contact with a CIA agent and possible mole.
The film premiered at Newseum in Washington, DC on February 15, 2018, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on March 2, 2018. It received mixed reviews from critics.
Premise [ edit]
A Russian spy (Jennifer Lawrence) falls for a CIA officer (Joel Edgerton) and considers becoming a double agent.
Production [ edit]
Festetics Mansion in Dég
Production started in Budapest and Dunaújváros in Hungary on January 5, 2017. Other filming locations include Festetics Mansion in Dég, Hungary;Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Austria. On May 3, 2017, Jennifer Lawrence was spotted shooting some scenes at London's Heathrow Airport.
Release [ edit]
Red Sparrow was originally scheduled to be released by 20th Century Fox on November 10, 2017, but it was pushed back to March 2, 2018. The first trailer for the film was released on September 14, 2017. It premiered on February 15, 2018 at Newseum, and will also screen at FEST on February 28, 2018.
The film received an R rating by the MPAA for its "strong violence, torture, sexual content, language and some graphic nudity". In the UK, the film was classified under the 15 rating by the BBFC for its "strong bloody violence, gore, sexual violence, sex, very strong language". In Canada, the film was given an 18A rating from BCFCO in British Columbia and Saskatchewan for its "explicit violence" and the OFRB in Ontario for its "sexual violence, disturbing content, coarse language". In Quebec, the Régie du cinéma gave the film a 16+ rating for its violence. In Australia, the film was classified under the MA 15+ rating by the Australian Classification Board for "strong themes, violence, sexual violence, sex scenes and coarse language".
Critical reception [ edit]
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 62% based on 26 reviews, and an average rating of 5.8/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 56 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
IndieWire' s Eric Kohn, who graded the film a B, noted the performances of Lawrence and Rampling, stating that "the considerable talent on display is [the film's] constant saving grace". However, he also found that the film "doesn't know when to stop, sagging into bland torture scenes and an underwhelming final showdown". Giving the film a B-, The AV Club' s Jesse Hassenger noted the film's methodical nature, with its minimal action and character exploration, and remarked that Francis Lawrence "brings to this material what he brought to The Hunger Games: a sense of style that feels constrained by obligations to hit a certain number of plot points."Alonso Duralde of TheWrap criticized the derivative story and the lack of chemistry between Lawrence and Edgerton, calling the film "neither intelligent enough to be involving nor fun enough to be trashy."
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- ^ Kohn, Eric (16 February 2018). "' Red Sparrow' Review: Jennifer Lawrence Is a Badass Russian Spy Who Uses Her Sexuality Like a Weapon in Solid Thriller". IndieWire. Retrieved 16 February 2018 .
- ^ Jesse, Hassenger (16 February 2018). "Jennifer Lawrence tweaks her action-heroine steeliness in the half-trashy Red Sparrow". The AV Club. Retrieved 16 February 2018 .
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