There’s something about Jennifer Lawrence. Yes the obvious answer would be she’s nice to look at, but let’s not go down that route. For some reason when a film is released with her in it, I want to go to the cinema to see it. Some have been ridiculous (Mother!) but for the most case, like Jessica Chastain, it’s also about her alternating between showing her feelings and deep hurt, to going into deception mode, which is obviously a big part of this film, and something Jennifer does superbly. Although we’ll ignore the poor Russian accent.
Despite the poor reviews and general panning by audiences also. I enjoyed this one.
With some Russian goings on already taking place in the UK at the moment (see here) it actually gave the film a bit of a current affairs feel to it, to make that little bit more engaging. This may be something only a UK audience will get at the moment.
Not wanting to give too much away this spy thriller starts off with Jennifer’s character being a ballerina who is injured and unable to perform, after finding out her injury was deliberate and taking vengeance for it, her uncle a member of the Russian state suggests she should train to be a sparrow. Well he doesn’t as such, some other shit goes down beforehand too, which kind of puts her in a difficult spot in order to ensure her mother gets the help she needs before agreeing to go through the somewhat sadistic training program. Of course our Jen comes out with flying colours much to the dismay of the trainer and is soon sent on her first mission.
The film attempts to be smart and for the most part delivers. It can be a slow burn at times; but it’s never boring. A somewhat complicated story line there is of course a few twists along the way, most of which I didn’t suss out I must say, and by having a number of them, especially towards the end, it gave the film a really good climax of an ending, which looks to set this up as another franchise for Lawrence.
Be prepared for scenes of torture and sexual violence. This is a 15 cert; but if I hadn’t known I would have thought I was watching an 18 cert.
The sets, buildings and even the attitudes and plots made it feel like you were watching a film from the 80s or 90s, it was just when you saw them using mobiles you remembered it was contemporary. Not sure if that was the intention of the film makers, some kind of homage?
It certainly kept me much more entertained than say Atomic Blonde did from last year.
Final score: 7/10