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.
Jen soars in spy thriller
You have to admire Jennifer Lawrence (Joy, The Hunger games, Silver Linings Playbook) for her willingness to take on diverse roles with such verve and devotion.
In this cat and mouse encounter Jen portrays Dominika, a Bolshoi dancer who is manipulated into the Sparrow program as a result of a sabotaged career and a sick mother. Apart from the accent, Jen is engaging as a Russian spy torn between her country, her uncle and a moral compass that is reflective of her maternal upbringing.
The action is pacy and so you will have to keep up. We are moved quickly from sparrow school to the first mission and then on to Budapest where Lawrence is joined on screen by the underated and highly watchable Joel Edgerton (Warrior) who plays American agency man Nate Nash.
Their meeting and subsequent interactions are what drive this movie forward and it is a shame that Francis Lawrence (Director) did not have more time to develop certain characters and plot elements in a film that may well be the beginning of a franchise.
Jeremy Irons (Batman v Superman), Matthias Schoenhaerts and Mary Louise Parker (Red, The West Wing) are all excellent in their supporting roles. Irons in particular is devilishly meticulous in his portrayal of General Korchnoi and he just has this knack of pulling you deep into his character.
Without wanting to give the game away there is a subtle and clever end to this graphic cold war adventure and that combined with outstanding set and costume design make it authentic within its genre.
A little bird tells me that this is one for date night.
DVD Releases: 13th June 2018
Rating: R16 – Contains graphic violence, sexual violence, offensive language, sex scenes & nudity
Duration: 140 minutes
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Mary-Louise Parker, Joel Edgerton
Director: Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games FIlms)