Red Sparrow Trailer Delivers A Very Different Jennifer Lawrence

When you’re looking at the world of trailers, especially those that run around 90 seconds, you don’t find many that feature 30 seconds of the film’s star sitting almost perfectly still. Add in the fact that Jennifer Lawrence never does say anything, and we really only see her walk for a few seconds, and the trailer for Red Sparrow is in unique territory indeed.

The film centers on┬áDominika Egorova (Lawrence), a former ballerina who is forced into what’s known as “Sparrow School,” where she is trained to use her body and brain as weapons in order to seduce targets. The trailer gives us some brief flashback moments, which make you wonder about the film’s ultimate timeline, of Dominika as a ballerina and in the school.

While the trailer may suggest a certain layout to the film and its plot, I suspect there this is a far deeper dive into the life of a spy/assassin. The synopsis suggests an effort to reconcile the various aspects of her life and that’s either a complete red herring, or something that requires a lot of screentime. Moreover, the synopsis is quick to point out that she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced, and that rarely bodes well for those running such programs.

If Lawrence can pull out all the stops on a portrayal, as she has managed in her David O. Russell playlist, this could well become an instant genre classic.

The film hits March 2nd, 2018 and is likely to be the movie to beat in spring. Even a moderate marketing push will have audiences flocking to this one.

The trailer might not give you that much, but the synopsis is full of treats.

Red Sparrow Official Synopsis

Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat. When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.


Marc Eastman
Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

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