Domino (2005)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

France/USA, 2005.  New Line Cinema, Scott Free Productions, Davis-Films, Metropolitan Filmexport, Domino 17521.  Story by , , Screenplay by Richard Kelly.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Keira Knightley gets tough in this biopic of Hollywood progeny-gone-bad Domino Harvey, daughter of British movie star Laurence Harvey. After losing her father at a young age, Domino’s mother () moves them to Beverly Hills where she marries well and raises her daughter in the ‘90210′ crowd (actually the movie plays fast and loose with time:  Domino was born earlier than the movie portrays and therefore would have been past that age by the time that show aired). Not one to really find satisfaction in sunshine and shopping, Harvey soon drops out of college and pursues a career as a bounty hunter, coming under the wing of big tough Mickey Rourke and successfully chasing bad guys around the city who are trying to avoid the law. Then something happens with the robbery of casino money, and somehow Jerry Springer is involved and there’s a shootout that nearly kills . I don’t really remember the details, mostly because Tony Scott applies his usual bonehead hyperkinetic style and concerns himself more with flash than sense:  I still don’t understand why this man’s talented brother doesn’t take him in hand. Knightley holds her ground in the lead role, somehow believable as an anorexic 14 year-old boy who can break people’s noses, but the film is pure exploitative trash and is so liberal with its plotting that none of it can be trusted to be real (not even emotionally real).

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