Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School,' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
A young Russian intelligence officer is assigned to seduce a first-tour CIA agent who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception, and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but the lives of others as well.
Of director Francis Lawrence and actress Jennifer Lawrence, producer Peter Chernin said: "Francis made three 'Hunger Games' movies with Jen, and when he read this book, he thought immediately this would be their next collaboration. From there we had to find a good match, which we did in Joel [Edgerton], who we have worked with before as well. Same with Matthias [Schoenaerts], who we've worked with. We chose to go much younger with this role than originally scripted, which we think added something very different to the dynamic with Jen." See more »
At London's Heathrow Airport, we hear an announcement about British European Airways over the PA system. That airline disappeared in 1974 when they merged with BOAC to become British Airways. See more »
Every human being is a puzzle of need. You must become the missing piece, and they will tell you anything.
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The title doesn't appear until the 10-minute mark. See more »
The UK version is cut for "strong sadistic violence" to earn a 15 certificate instead of an 18, which was done based on BBFC advice. As both countries make up the same distribution region, Ireland also received the same cut version (rated 16 for cinema and 18 on video).
The contentious scene shows Ustinov being strangled:
In the UK version, we only see a brief establishing shot where his hands are covering his throat, cutting right to a close-up of Dominika struggling but completely clean. The censored footage shows the wire cutting into Ustinov's throat for much longer, in more graphic detail after his arms hang loose, and him bleeding on Dominika's chest.
Ustinov collapsing uses an alternate shot in the UK version, and the second close-up of Dominika is digitally bloodless as with the first, but there's still blood on her chest when putting on her clothes as per the uncut version (a continuity error).
The uncut version is roughly 13 seconds longer. See more »
This is a beautiful film ridden with Post Cold War era psychological warfare and intelligence services doubling down. So prepare for brutality and violence. On the flip side we have Jennifer Lawrence a beautiful maiden playing a Russian who deploys her feminine wiles to fabulous effect.
Lovers of sexy and engaging women, exposing Russians' immoral habits and excuses and super powers fighting it out: here is a film for all of you (us).
The answer: both
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