Director: Francis Lawrence. Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, Ciarán Hinds, Bill Camp, Jeremy Irons, Sakina Jaffrey. 140 min. Rated R. Mystery/Thriller.
The trailer, the title, and even the first hour promise: J-Law is going to kick ass! But you wait and wait, and suddenly realize it's actually a spy-games thriller, as long and drawn out as any. Not a weakness in itself, but such films, in view of the structured double and triple-crossing of spies, usually require viewer patience and attentiveness, which is where some succeed, and some fail. Red Sparrow doesn't want to submit to such a risk, and therefore recruits a high-profile actress to hide that supposed shortcoming - while it may have never been one in the first place.