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|Original title:||Red Sparrow|
|Genre:||Thriller, Drama, Action|
|Production country:||USA 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 139 Min|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) had a great career as a ballerina in front of her. But an accident not only destroys this dream, but also threatens to drive the young woman and her sick mother into poverty. Dominika is convinced by her uncle Vanya Egorov (Matthias Schoenarts) that the only way out for her is to become part of the secret "Sparrow" program. She is now being trained to use not only her mind, but also her body as a weapon. Despite initial doubts and resistance, Dominika masters the brutal and often humiliating training with bravura. Soon she will be able to prove her newly acquired skills with a highly explosive assignment, in which she will be assigned to the CIA agent Nate Nash (Joel Edgerton) - not suspecting that she will become part of a big conspiracy, which could be fatal for her too…
At the end of "Red Sparrow" I was not only a little disappointed, but even a little angry. Not because the movie was really bad. On the contrary, the latest collaboration between "The Tributes of Panem 2 - 4" director Frances Lawrence and Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence has all the ingredients for a gripping espionage thriller: an exciting story at its core, a leading actress who really gives everything, an ensemble well cast down to the smallest supporting roles, and a gripping atmosphere created by the visual implementation. And yet the film version of the bestseller by Jason Matthews leaves its viewers rather cold.
The reason for this lies in the heavily overloaded script, which too often gets lost in lengthy dialogues and subplots. If there's any action, it's very well staged. But when the whole thing has just picked up some tempo, it is almost immediately slowed down by emotionally undercooled moments. That's a shame, as Lawrence plays extremely strong in some scenes, which unfortunately seems to be a waste at the end. You can tell from the movie that Frances Lawrence is a good director who knows how to impressively stage certain moments. But even with top-class actors like Jeremy Irons, Ciarán Hinds or Joel Edgerton he doesn't succeed in ironing out the weaknesses of the script.
Exactly one minute gripping and extremely exciting, then again tough, boring and somehow trivial - that's the disappointing conclusion that remains after almost two and a half hours. A movie with numerous good moments, but with even more moments that don't really want to work out. Some thriller, some drama, some action and lots of long dialogues - the mix could have been a bit more balanced. Because the bottom line is that it's only enough for one: Worth seeing with restrictions
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