Instead of a lot of action scenes that tend to dominate spy films, the director opted for an emotive build-up instead. Although you will not see as many fight scenes and lots of blood spilling, and certainly no unnecessary car chases that result in cars bursting into flames, the crescendo builds as Dominika has to stay one step ahead of her enemies to survive.
The high-end glamour of ballet is contrasted with the brutal training when Dominika becomes a sparrow. The racy film provides heart-pounding moments and it is entertaining enough to overcome the predictable storyline.
If not for the global release of Black Panther still ringing the tills to compete with, this would be a typical action blockbuster that would register impressive figures in its opening week. It remains to be seen how this appealing action flick will fare against Black Panther's massive success globally that has even managed to tap into new markets.
Red Sparrow entrenches Lawrence as Hollywood's bankable action hero with massive appeal to both male and female audiences.
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