For lots of reasons - bad accents, mind-numbing length, Jeremy Irons - this story of a Russian ballerina spy (Lawrence) is awful, but at least it's consistent. It's the kind of throwback to the glory days of tradecraft, double bluffs and triple crosses that Red Sparrow really wants to be but never quite manages. And they're not there every day screaming on the streets and social media about it'. "Torn apart by hatred between the races!" Dominika is packed off to a spy school at which she is taught by a sublimely frosty and sinister Charlotte Rampling how to seduce and manipulate pretty much anything with a pulse. It's more sex games than Hunger Games on this one, but she's convincing throughout in a part that could have dissolved into camp.
"When I got there, everybody's so professional and so nice", she said.
"After the ceremony, Amy comes and grabs me and says, 'Let's go upstairs ad talk about life and love, ' and, like, this giant decision she just made, '" she recalled.
Its heroine is a bit of an enigma. With no way to pay her mother Nina's (Joely Richardson) medical bills and eviction hanging over their head, she is recruited by her shady Uncle Ivan (Matthias Schoenaerts), a high ranking officer for the Russian Foreign Intelligence.
Lawrence's co-star Joel Edgerton - who plays USA agent Nate Nash - is also on board for a follow-up, should the public want it. "I think that it's really about time as citizens we don't feel safe and if these kids don't feel safe then they need to do something about it", she said. We see examples of Dominika's mental agility, but because the plot plays three-card Monte with the truth, we are kept in the dark about Dominika's true feelings.
He said: "I think what we spoke about the most on this movie is just the content in general, so once she signed on we started to communicate about that immediately, so neither of us were going to tip toe around it, ever".
The part went to Mia Wasikowska, and Lawrence admitted that "she was ideal and amazing" for the role - and Lawrence also said that she couldn't have faked a British accent anyway.