RED SPAR­ROW (MA15+)

BE­WARE BAD BLOOD AND BRO­KEN WINGS, US, 139 MIN

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - EYE | MOVIES - STEAMY THRILLER RED SPAR­ROW HAS A WAY OF GET­TING YOU LEAN­ING FOR­WARD IN YOUR SEAT.

Should we call some­one? This vi­o­lent, sex­ual thriller marks the third film in a row (af­ter

Pas­sen­gers and Mother!) where Jen­nifer Lawrence is a whip­ping girl for male mis­treat­ment. When it isn’t press­ing as many pervy but­tons as it can – you’ll lose count of how of­ten Lawrence is stripped naked, beaten and worse – Red Spar­row can work up an in­trigu­ing take on a new Cold War where the Rus­sians have a head start on their dis­tracted Amer­i­can ad­ver­saries. Lawrence plays Do­minika, a for­mer Rus­sian star bal­le­rina blackmailed to be­come a sex­u­ally weaponised se­cret agent who must tar­get her wiles at an un­sus­pect­ing Amer­i­can spy (Joel Edger­ton). The ba­sic thriller stuff, though ar­guably a touch too over­com­pli­cated for its own good, has a way of get­ting you lean­ing for­ward in your seat. How­ever, the other dirty, dam­ag­ing stuff – par­tic­u­larly the flesh-pierc­ing vi­o­lence – keeps dar­ing you to look at the floor and hope for the best.

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