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* SenselessSacrifice: At the beginning of the film Nate meets his high-value contact in a park, and when some cops drive by he fires his gun to get their attention on him, resulting in a frenzied chase to the American embassy. His superiors told him that the cops were looking for drugs and had no idea what he and his contact were doing. Even worse, by drawing their attention like that it alerted the Russian government to the idea that he was protecting a high-value target, and thus they know they have a mole. All this makes him ineligible for further CIA field work, the only reason he is allowed to continue is the contact will ONLY talk with him.

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* SenselessSacrifice: At the beginning of the film Nate meets his high-value contact in a park, and when some cops drive by up he fires his gun to get their attention on him, resulting in a frenzied chase to the American embassy. His superiors told him that the cops were looking for drugs just thought it was a drug deal and had no idea what he and his contact were doing. Even worse, by drawing their attention like that it alerted the Russian government to the idea that he was protecting a high-value target, and thus they know they have a mole. All this makes him ineligible for further CIA field work, the work. The only reason he is allowed to continue is the contact will ONLY talk with him.


* TheReveal: The film keeps you guessing about who's really manipulating whom until the last five minutes. [[spoiler:Dominika is manipulating ''everyone'', ''allowing'' Nate turn her into an American DoubleAgent while manipulating her own superiors into thinking her an utterly loyal {{Determinator}} (the second part is true, the first part not so much) and framing her Uncle Vanya as the MoleInCharge they've been looking for. When the bag is pulled of Vanya's head, the Americans including Nate are momentarily shocked but play along.]]

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* TheReveal: The film keeps you guessing about who's really manipulating whom until the last five minutes. [[spoiler:Dominika is manipulating ''everyone'', ''allowing'' Nate turn her into an American DoubleAgent while manipulating her own superiors into thinking her an utterly loyal {{Determinator}} (the second part is true, the first part not so much) and framing her Uncle Vanya as the MoleInCharge they've been looking for. When the bag is pulled of off Vanya's head, the Americans including Nate are momentarily shocked but play along.]]


* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: It's telling that the only two sex scenes in the film that not only aren't {{attempted rape}}s, but are actually passionate, are between Dominika and Nate. [[spoiler:Also, General Korchnoi overriding Matron when she blames Dominika for an AttemptedRape of her proves to be {{foreshadowing}} of TheReveal that he's TheMole.]]

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* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: It's telling that the only two sex scenes in the film that not only aren't {{attempted rape}}s, but are actually passionate, are between Dominika and Nate. [[spoiler:Also, General Korchnoi overriding Matron when she blames Dominika for fighting off an AttemptedRape of her earlier proves to be serve as {{foreshadowing}} of TheReveal that he's TheMole.]]



* ManipulativeBitch: Dominika is an AntiHero example, trained to manipulate people to extract information and turn them into Russian moles. [[spoiler:She instead manipulates her own superiors and fellow operatives to advance her career in SVR and while becoming a DoubleAgent for the Americans.]]

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* ManipulativeBitch: Dominika is an AntiHero example, trained to manipulate people to extract information and turn them into Russian moles. [[spoiler:She instead manipulates her own superiors and fellow operatives to advance her career in SVR and while becoming a DoubleAgent for the Americans.]]

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* NeverTrustATrailer: The previews just seemed to be about an espionage plot revolving around seduction. Thus audiences are in for a surprise with the TrainingFromHell full of sex and violence, which is even followed by more rape and torture.


* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Uncle Vanya survived in the novel. In the film, Dominika frames him as TheMole rather than expose General Korchnoi, and he's shot by a Russian sniper during a PrisonerExchange for Dominika with the Americans.]]



** "Anya", Dominika's Sparrow School classmate. The worst that happens to her in the movie is she gets humiliated in front of her class; in the novel, she commits suicide because she couldn't handle the depravity she had to face every day. Although this is averted in a deleted scene.

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** "Anya", Dominika's Sparrow School classmate. The worst that happens to her in the movie is she gets humiliated in front of her class; in the novel, she commits suicide because she couldn't handle the depravity she had to face every day. Although this is averted in a deleted scene.(The scene of her suicide was cut from the film.)

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* ChekhovsGunman: General Vladimir Korchnoi is introduced at State School 4 disagreeing with Matron over the way Dominika fought off an AttemptedRape (he appears to think Dominika was right). [[spoiler:He turns out to be the American mole, who turned on SVR after his beloved wife died during an overseas assignment due to Russian bureaucrats not letting her be treated in an American hospital.]]

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* SequelHook: [[spoiler:After framing her uncle as the American mole and being bemedaled by the Russians, Dominika answers a phone call from her American handler.]] Unfortunately, [[StillbornFranchise the poor financial performance of the film means sequels adapting the other books in the trilogy are unlikely]][[invoked]].


** "Anya", Dominika's Sparrow School classmate. The worst that happens to her in the movie is she gets humiliated in front of her class; in the novel, she commits suicide because she couldn't handle the depravity she had to face every day.

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** "Anya", Dominika's Sparrow School classmate. The worst that happens to her in the movie is she gets humiliated in front of her class; in the novel, she commits suicide because she couldn't handle the depravity she had to face every day. Although this is averted in a deleted scene.

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* FanDisservice: Very little in the film would be considered particularly fanservice, as part of the point of the Sparrow's is to view sex with a clinical approach. In Dominika's early mission with Ustinov she strips down to her underwear, her nervousness and rigid posture does not make it particularly sexy, and goes even further when Ustinov pays an [[ScarSurvey almost fetish attention to her still-prominent surgery scar from her broken leg]].


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* SenselessSacrifice: At the beginning of the film Nate meets his high-value contact in a park, and when some cops drive by he fires his gun to get their attention on him, resulting in a frenzied chase to the American embassy. His superiors told him that the cops were looking for drugs and had no idea what he and his contact were doing. Even worse, by drawing their attention like that it alerted the Russian government to the idea that he was protecting a high-value target, and thus they know they have a mole. All this makes him ineligible for further CIA field work, the only reason he is allowed to continue is the contact will ONLY talk with him.

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* RightThroughHisPants: The first time they have sex, neither Dominika nor Nash even take off their underwear, yet manage it somehow even so.


* HoneyTrap: The Sparrows, who are highly trained to seduce targets and manipulate them into really believing it.



* RapeAsDrama: The film is in large part an exploration of the relationship between power and sexual violence against women. Also {{discussed}}: Expected to service her own would-be rapist by Matron and told to [[ArcWords "identify what he needs and give it to him"]], she instead turns the tables on him, stripping down and acting as if she expects ''him'' to service ''her''. When he [[TheLoinsSleepTonight suddenly can't get it up]], she tells the class that what he wants is power over her.

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* RapeAsDrama: The film is in large part an exploration of the relationship between power and sexual violence against women. Also {{discussed}}: Expected expected to service her own would-be rapist by Matron and told to [[ArcWords "identify what he needs and give it to him"]], she instead turns the tables on him, stripping down and acting as if she expects ''him'' to service ''her''. When he [[TheLoinsSleepTonight suddenly can't get it up]], she tells the class that what he wants is power over her.

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* InstantTurnOff: {{Invoked}} by Dominika. After she fights off an AttemptedRape in the shower at State School 4, Matron tries to get Dominika to service her rapist in front of the class, telling her to identify what he wants and give it to him. He tells her to [[ShamefulStrip strip and turn around]], but Dominika instead takes off her clothes while facing him and commands him to get on with it. [[TheLoinsSleepTonight He can't get hard]], and Dominika states that what he wants is power over her.


''Red Sparrow'' is a 2018 {{spy|Fiction}} {{thriller}} film directed by Creator/FrancisLawrence, starring Creator/JenniferLawrence and Creator/JoelEdgerton in the lead roles. The screenplay was written by Creator/JustinHaythe, [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on]] the [[Literature/RedSparrow novel of same name]] by Creator/JasonMatthews.

Dominika Egorova (Lawrence) is a prima ballerina for the Bolshoi Ballet, but [[CareerEndingInjury a broken leg during a performance ends her career]]. Desperate to care for her disabled mother, she turns to her paternal uncle Vanya Egurov (Creator/MatthiasSchoenaerts), a high-ranking officer in the Foreign Intelligence Service (''Sluzhba vneshney razvedki'' or SVR), who sends her to play HoneyTrap to a Russian oligarch. He says she's only to swap out his cell phone with a bugged one, but then sends an assassin who garrotes the oligarch [[OutWithABang while he's raping her]].

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''Red Sparrow'' is a 2018 {{spy|Fiction}} {{thriller}} film directed by Creator/FrancisLawrence, Francis Lawrence, starring Creator/JenniferLawrence and Creator/JoelEdgerton in the lead roles. The screenplay was written by Creator/JustinHaythe, Justin Haythe, [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on]] the [[Literature/RedSparrow novel of same name]] by Creator/JasonMatthews.

Jason Matthews.

Dominika Egorova (Lawrence) is a prima ballerina for the Bolshoi Ballet, but [[CareerEndingInjury a broken leg during a performance ends her career]]. Desperate to care for her disabled mother, she turns to her paternal uncle Vanya Egurov (Creator/MatthiasSchoenaerts), (Matthias Schoenaerts), a high-ranking officer in the Foreign Intelligence Service (''Sluzhba vneshney razvedki'' or SVR), who sends her to play HoneyTrap to a Russian oligarch. He says she's only to swap out his cell phone with a bugged one, but then sends an assassin who garrotes the oligarch [[OutWithABang while he's raping her]].



* MaleGaze: Dominika is shown entirely through a male lense, with lots of unneccessary nudity. It may star (a mostly naked) Jennifer Lawrence, but it was written and directed by men, and it shows. Explained in more detail [[https://www.theyoungfolks.com/review/117582/red-sparrow-movie-review-an-exploitative-spy-thriller/ here]]. The trope is also mentioned by name in [[http://www.pajiba.com/film_reviews/review-red-sparrow-with-jennifer-lawrence-is-a-sexual-fantasy-for-men.php this review]].

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* MaleGaze: Dominika is shown entirely through a male lense, with lots of unneccessary nudity. It may star (a mostly naked) Jennifer Lawrence, but it was written There's heavy emphasis on Dominika's body, and directed by men, and often it shows. Explained in more detail [[https://www.theyoungfolks.com/review/117582/red-sparrow-movie-review-an-exploitative-spy-thriller/ here]]. The trope is also mentioned by name in [[http://www.pajiba.com/film_reviews/review-red-sparrow-with-jennifer-lawrence-is-a-sexual-fantasy-for-men.php this review]].about how the men around her perceive her.



* MonochromeCasting: Nate's boss Trish Forsyth is the only noticeably brown character in the movie (played by Indian-American Creator/SakinaJaffrey). {{Justified}} since the film takes place mostly in Russia and Hungary, both of which are more or less monoracial, and if the CIA had sent a person of color they would have stuck out like a sore thumb.



* ShamefulStrip: Their first day in State School 4, Dominika and a male cadet are brought to the front of the class and ordered to strip naked by Matron. Dominika refuses but her classmate complies. When that same classmate later tries and fails to rape her and she is then expected to service him in class as a lesson in doing what you don't want to for the sake of the mission, he tells her to take off her clothes. She {{inverts}} the trope, stripping off in a sexually ''dominant'' fashion, instantly killing his boner.

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* ShamefulStrip: Their first day in State School 4, Dominika and a male cadet are brought to the front of the class and ordered to strip naked by Matron. Dominika refuses but her classmate complies. When that same classmate later tries and fails to rape her and she is then expected to service him in class as a lesson in doing what you don't want to for the sake of the mission, he tells her to take off her clothes. She {{inverts}} [[{{Inverted}} inverts]] the trope, stripping off in a sexually ''dominant'' fashion, instantly killing his boner.

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* MaleGaze: Dominika is shown entirely through a male lense, with lots of unneccessary nudity. It may star (a mostly naked) Jennifer Lawrence, but it was written and directed by men, and it shows. Explained in more detail [[https://www.theyoungfolks.com/review/117582/red-sparrow-movie-review-an-exploitative-spy-thriller/ here]]. The trope is also mentioned by name in [[http://www.pajiba.com/film_reviews/review-red-sparrow-with-jennifer-lawrence-is-a-sexual-fantasy-for-men.php this review]].


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