First of all let me start with this, if you have ANY sensitivity towards violent sex, rape, or nudity, I would say do not see this movie due to the fact that these themes are a very large part of the movie.
WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD. That being said I have to admit that I went into this film expecting a kind of Black Widow back story mixed with a Haywire, or Salt espionage story. Nothing could be further from the truth! This film centers around Prima ballerina Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) as a young woman who faces a bleak and uncertain future after she suffers an injury that ends her career.
She soon turns to the Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use their minds and bodies as weapons. Egorova emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow after completing the sadistic training process. As she comes to terms with her new abilities, Dominika meets a CIA agent who tries to convince her that he is the only person she can trust.
This, however, is where things take a really nasty turn and we, the audience, are plunged, into a den of vile darkness consisting of several scenes of rape, graphic bondage, and a school designed solely to turn these women of Russia into nothing more than prostitutes of the state (and I’m being nice using that term).
Things never seem to pick up as we pretty much jump from one sexual interlude to another with little focus on the espionage aspect. There are moments where attempts are made to bring in some real spy-like situations only to have those interrupted by yet another sex scene.
Towards the end, though, we are finally shown some real clever manipulation by Jennifer Lawrence, but, honestly, it’s not enough to save this film. I, unfortunately, cannot in good conscience recommend this film.