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Come for the story, take asprin for the migraine inducing editing and lighting.

  • Apr 10, 2012
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Domino is one of those movies that should have just worked on every level.  Theres a great cast with Keira Knightly, Mickey Rourke and Christopher Walken.  A cool story about bounty hunting, it's based on real life events and it has a great ending.  It all falls apart though because of it's editing.  Now while I'm sure the life of a bounty hunter may look cool and fun, I'm sure it's hard, full of violence and too many times where morality can blur with reality in terms of whats right or not. 

Tony Scott who knew the real Domino Harvey, before her untimely death in 2005 made the movie about her life coherant when the world is standing still and mundane things like doing laundry or taking care of regular business, and a jittery oddly cut mess when it gets fast and violent, almost as if to say that the drugged out, punked out life that she was living wasn't real or that it's best to let it go by and feel comfortable when it's over.  Kinda like how the way people need cocaine or other drugs to get them through a tough time.  I'm sure thats the message here and we should be thankful to only see it and not really experience it.

The movie on one level, is great but when the action scenes set in, be it giving a lap dance, having a Mexican stand off or surviving a police shoot out, the movie looks like hell and makes you feel sick.  Maybe that was the point of the movie and on that level Tony Scott succeeds, but I'll be damned if I feel like visiting that world again.
Come for the story, take asprin for the migraine inducing editing and lighting. Come for the story, take asprin for the migraine inducing editing and lighting. Come for the story, take asprin for the migraine inducing editing and lighting.

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April 11, 2012
Excellent review.
April 11, 2012
I had a feeling that I phoned this one in, make it so short but touching on some important stuff. If the movie was a little less nauseating, it would have been great, and I would have went higher like a 4, but the editing and lighting are annoying.
 
April 10, 2012
yeah, the style on this film made me nauseous LOL! Kiera is nice though.
April 11, 2012
Oh yeah. Her and Rooney Mara could make a film together with they're respective rebel looks. Sounds good anyway.
 
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Does it really matter what's true or false inDominoif the movie's so deliriously hard to resist? Tony Scott's dizzying film about his late friend, former model and famous bounty hunter Domino Harvey (1969-2005), is more tribute than biography, riffing on Harvey's action-packed exploits and brief reality-TV celebrity in a fractured, manic style that's so visually over-stimulating that it could throw vulnerable viewers intogrand malseizures. Scott's barrage of audio-visual hyperactivity is ultimately exhausting, and Richard Kelly's fragmented screenplay does nothing to discourage Scott's relentless MTV "style" (and we use that word oh-so-loosely here). And yet, with Keira Knightley so ferociously alluring in the title role, and Mickey Rourke (as her boss and bounty-hunting mentor, Ed Mosbey) serving up a second dose of hisSin Citycomeback,Dominograbs you by the throat and never lets go. Scott's embrace of nihilism is typically facile but it propels a vision of wretched humanity that pulls you in with train-wreck intensity. The movie's bracing humor also makes fine use of a large supporting cast including Christopher Walken, Jacqueline Bissett, Dabney Coleman, Edgar Ramirez, Mo'Nique, Delroy Lindo, Mena Suvari, Lucy Liu, and formerBeverly Hills 90210stars Ian Ziering and Brian Austin Green (the latter two poking good-sport fun at themselves as "celebrity hostages"). The accidental overdose death of the real Domino ...
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