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Movie Review: Domino

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Domino is the tale of model-turned-bounty hunter Domino Harvey. Keira Knightly is our leading lady, and man oh man does she kick some major ass.

Domino takes place as Domino Harvey explains the events of a heist turned screw-up to a criminal psychologist (Lucy Liu). The narrative of the job gone wrong is fleshed out with vignettes of her life coloring the path that led Domino to being interviewed. Along the way she teams up with bounty hunters Ed and Choco, gets a TV show on the WB and eventually lands a job that has everyone royally screwed. And yeah, it is only loosely based on the life of the real Domino Harvey—it leaves out the bisexuality and drug addiction to name a couple of things.

Knightly is amazing, but when is she anything less? I enjoyed watching her in a tough girl role that isn’t wearing a corset. I would really like to see her taking on more complex roles and hopefully Domino will kick that door wide open. Mickey Rourke is definitely the man, but he is probably the weakest of the main characters. Not in a bad way mind you, but more due to there not being time to develop Ed any more than they do.

Relative newcomer Edgar Ramirez is certainly a pleasure to watch. Can I volunteer to be in the laundromat the next time he disrobes? He was the hardcore Choco who went from being incredibly sexy to dirty and back again in an instant and I want to take him home with me.

Ziering and Green add quite a bit of humor. Not really necessary to the plot in any real manner, the parodies of themselves are random enough to be entertaining and not bothersome. My only disappointment is that Walken isn’t as big a role as the trailers made him out to be.

The cinematography isn’t what you find in your typical blockbuster hit. It seems to take the lead from music videos to add an alternative flair full of bright colors, edgy graphics and less than pristine pictures. I think it works and really enjoyed it, but if you want something that looks more like The Constant Gardner you probably won’t appreciate it.

The film jumps around quite a bit, so if the disjointed order of films like Pulp Fiction, The Boondock Saints, or Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels bothers you, you should probably stay clear of Domino as well. However, I enjoy films that jump around. I think it keeps you on your toes and cuts down on the predictability factor. The separate disjointed vignettes work in a way I don’t think they would should they be in a neat and timely order.

Domino is funny. It is crass and doesn’t hide from that fact. There isn’t an overabundance of humor to detract from the rawness of the hunt gone wrong, but enough that it isn’t too overwhelming.

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    And thank you

  • Saw it today, liked it a lot.

  • I can’t wait to go see this movie! The more I started reading about it (after hearing Macy Gray talk about it on the Late Late Show), the more I wanted to see it.

  • Sometimes, I like being assaulted. Nothing wrong with having some bombastic screen style. It is a visual medium right? Too many films have a dull look. I always like a director that plays with the look. Scott (both of them) is good at it, as is Tarantino, Rodriguez, Nolan, Cronenberg, Burton, and others

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    Thanks. It is definately worth a see. I have read quite a few reviews that didn’t like it and think it will leave you deaf and blind and feeling assaulted in the end, but that wasn’t the case with me at all.

  • I’m looking forward to seeing this. The look is reminiscent of Tony Scott’s last film, Man on Fire. It also seems that he used Walken in a similar role too, a glorified walk-on?

    I always take it with a grain of salt whenever a film is based on real events. They always get embellished upon, or changed for dramatic effect. But these aren’t meant to be documentaries now, are they?

    Nice review, I hope to catch it this weekend.