Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jul 2019)
Brief Synopsis – After suffering a career ending injury, a Russian ballerina is recruited to be a spy for her government.
My Take on it – This is a film that I initially heard good things about but afterwards, I heard the complete opposite so I stayed away for more than a year.
I probably should have listened to the latter advise because this film was terrible and fails to be intriguing enough as a spy film.
They spend too much time trying to be risque and forget to let the story progress on its own.
The characters aren’t developed well at all and they all seem very stereotypical and bland throughout.
The run time is excessive and there are too many scenes that should have been trimmed because instead of being interesting, they feel like torture trying to get through them.
The plot of the film tries much too hard to seem clever and intellectual and therefore we are given numerous sub plots that end up being much too convoluted which hurts things even more.
These sub plots make the story an even bigger mess than it already is.
Jenifer Lawrence is a great actress, but even she can’t help make this kind of drivel more palatable.
Bottom Line – Terrible espionage thriller that fails to find a way to stay interesting, The run time is much too long and they spend too much time in certain scenes that are completely unnecessary which makes the viewer want the torture to end quicker. The plot tries to be clever wit things and at the same time gives us so many convoluted sub plot threads that make this entire story a complete mess from start to finish. Lawrence is a great actress and even she can’t help make this film more palatable.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Source novelist Jason Matthews may not have encountered a real-life Dominika in his work with the CIA, but “honeypot” school was indeed part of Soviet intelligence training. “In the Soviet Union, they had a school that taught young women the art of entrapment, the art of seduction, for blackmailing intelligence targets,” Matthews explained. “They had a Sparrow School in the city of Kazan, on the banks of the Volga River, where young women were taught how to be courtesans. They were called ‘Sparrows’.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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