Red Sparrow Review – Good Spy Thriller or Bad Jennifer Lawrence Torture Porn?

1896
0
Share:
Kriss5.5
While the film does have some tension with the "is she double crossing people or is she just a really good spy?" elements, overall its dull and the focus on humiliating, torturing, abusing and raping women is just going to be a huge turn off for many
5.5

Francis Lawrence and Jennifer Lawrence team up again for the first time since The Hunger Games to make Red Sparrow, a spy thriller film based off of Jason Matthew's book by the same name. Unfortunately it leaves a lot to be desired. 

This is once again another attempt to do a female-led spy film and it's just not up to standards. This film is supposed to be more of a thriller than Atomic Blonde which highlighted Charlize Theron's character kicking ass. The problem is, Red Sparrow is just a snooze. Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton don't have the worst chemistry but they also don't have the best. It makes their scenes together a bit dry which hurts the overall story when you're supposed to wonder if Lawrence's Dominika is playing Edgerton's Nate Nash. Now don't get me wrong, it's not horrendous and definitely passable enough to make an enjoyable enough film. The problems don't stop there though.

The biggest problem with this film is the way it fetishizes dehumanizing women. Yes, I get it. The "Sparrow School" is supposed to train women and men to use their good looks to seduce and extract information. Turning sex appeal into a weapon isn't a new concept or even one that is relegated only to fiction. However, it becomes a pattern that only the women are the ones dehumanized, abused and tortured. Jennifer Lawrence's character is raped two times in this film and it's pretty brutal. She's also tortured and beaten at another point. It comes to a point where it feels like the movie is less spy thriller and more torture porn.

At this point Marvel really should just do the Black Widow film folks are asking for because that's probably going to be more in line with what audiences want. This film is dull and focuses way more time on the rape, beating and humiliation of Jennifer Lawrence and other women in the film under the false pretenses of being empowering for women. We deserve better.

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.

Comments

comments

Share:
Charles (Kriss)

Leave a reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.