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Domino [Blu-ray]

Tony Scott    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2009
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RQFXQ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,488 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Loosely based on the real life story of the late bounty hunter Domino Harvey, Keira Knightley quickly sheds her softer image here with an unflinching performance in the title role. As Domino, she brandishes guns, reacts against anyone who crosses her, and isn’t above a lapdance to get her out of a tight spot. Yet it’s the partnership she forms with Mickey Rourke’s Ed Mosbey, her leader and effectively surrogate father, that sits at the core of this good-but-uneven movie, and allows both actors to excel in their roles.

The story is told in flashback, as Domino is interrogated by Lucy Liu’s police detective. From there, it follows the story of Domino’s life, from her tragic early days, through to meeting Mosbey and her subsequent life as a bounty hunter. And, laced with strong performances and some nicely-constructed sequences, for long periods the film works well. Working against it at times though is director Tony Scott’s (Man On Fire, Crimson Tide, True Romance) over-fussy directorial style, which is very much take it or leave it, but does at times get in the way of the storytelling. At the point where you want him to focus on what’s happening, there’s just one too many flashy shots or quick edits.

Still, Domino works, and is suitably removed from the glossy, vacuous action movie you may be expecting. It’s very stylised, but the script from Donnie Darko’s Richard Kelly covers its bases well. And while the film itself isn’t without a couple of problems, the end result is still well worth watching.--Simon Brew

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The already larger than life story of Domino Harvey (daughter of British actor Laurence Harvey), a former Ford model turned bounty hunter, takes on mythological proportions in Tony Scott's fast-paced action thriller; fashioned from a script by Donnie Darko writer/director Richard Kelly.

Unfolding in a non-linear fashion as bloodied Domino (Keira Knightley) is interrogated by iron faced officer Taryn Miles (Lucy Liu), the film traces the trajectory of Domino's tumultuous life. Beginning with the death of her father Domino develops into a hard nosed, scrappy young woman who trains with nunchucks beside her mother's luxurious pool and responds violently to anyone who crosses her.

Bored with the runway and the glamorous LA life, Domino shows up for a bounty-hunter seminar. Catching the "teachers" of the seminar as they try to cut and run with the proceeds, she manages to win their respect and joins their team. This consists of Ed Mosbey (Mickey Rourke), the tough-as-nails leader and Domino's surrogate father, and Choco (Edgar Ramirez), an impulsive Venezuelan who harbors a not-so-secret love for Domino. The three form a kind of family, working under Claremont Williams (Delroy Lindo), who "plays Charlie to their three angels." For a time they are unstoppable, even agreeing to let the slimy Mark Heiss (Christopher Walken) produce a reality-TV show about them, which is hilariously hosted by Beverly Hills 90210 stars, Ian Ziering and Brian Austin Green. But when Claremont orchestrates a complicated inside job in order to raise the money for his granddaughter's doctor bills, the precarious balance within the trio is disturbed. Tom Waits stands out in a cameo as a wise wanderer who advises the lost bounty hunters.

 

  • Actors

Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke, Lucy Liu, Mena Suvari, Christopher Walken, Riz Abbasi,


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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decidedly different and good in parts 8 Sep 2006
Format:DVD
I find it hard to understand why this above average action thriller managed to upset quite so many people in quite so many ways. It is certainly a cut or two above the typical Hollywood formulaic bang-bang flick and has deliberately set out to be different ... so, if your idea of a buzz is Arnie, Sly or Bruce with no requirement to engage brain cells, this probably isn't your type of film; similarly, if you're expecting Keira Knightley to reprise any of her other, more typical, roles you're going to be disappointed.

The main beefs seem to be at Miss Knightley having to audacity to play a hard-bitten action role; in fact, she does so rather well. In part, this is because she is a good actress but there is a delightful incongruity between the extremely posh background from which she longs to escape and the brutal world into which she does. It would have been very easy to script the role as a hard-nosed, kick-ass, all-American, gun-tottin', apple-pie lovin', tough as nails but with a heart of gold, archetypal Hollywood female action role but Knightley's character is actually far more interesting and her attempts to fit in to the role to which she aspires deserve to have been better developed. As it is, her plummy tones and naivety contrast delightfully with Mickey Rourke's jaded cynical world-weariness and the rage flowing from Edgar Ramirez's emotionally dysfunctional psyche.

The cinematography and directorial style are also decidedly different. Whether you love or loathe the jump shot, stop motion, sample/mix effects is a matter of personal taste; personally, they grew on me: the style is somewhere between Tarantino and Baz Luhrmann (William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet) and help fuel the otherwise rather uneven pace of the movie.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie is dirty and shockly good 3 July 2007
Format:DVD
It's over the top; sure. This is a film in which arms are literally being thrown around, subtitles are correcting themselves, but I loved every minute of it. Kiera Knightley gives a fierce performance. She shows the right amount of anger and dedication in this performance. Mickey Rourke follows up his great performance in 'Sin City' with another tough-guy performance (Good to see him). Edgar Ramirez really doesn't do anything except speak Spanish every once in a while and stare at Kiera. Delroy Lindoi gives a good supporting performance. Mo'Nique was herself, although she did surprise me on one particular scene. Lucy Liu has great chemistry with Kiera Knightley in her scenes with her. Christopher Walken owns his roles as usual and an unusual assortment of actors including some Beverly Hills 90210 stars manage to squeeze themselves into this production.

The problem that I had with this movie is that it concentrates on the different things that they do, instead of the character of Domino. Some of the dialog in this film was also stupid {"The rich, the poor, and everyone in between."--uuuhh, that's not as clever as you think, filmmakers, no need to repeat it twice!) Plus the final action scene is all shaky so you can't really tell what's going on.

Overall, I thought `Domino' was a great deal of fun. Due to the over the top nature and the twitchy camera tricks, it's easy for me to see why the film was bashed by so many viewers, but I really didn't mind any of this in the least. For me, it was one the most entertaining films to watch. Though `Domino' wasn't the best film of 2005, it was one hell of a ride that is destined to reach cult status. Watch it before you judge it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escapist action at it's best. 18 Feb 2007
Format:DVD
Don't watch "Domino" expecting a true-to-life biopic of Domino Harvey, model turned bounty hunter. Watch "Domino" for some excellent action sequences, big shoot-ups and the not often celebrated talents of Edgar Ramirez. Keira Knighley was shredded for her role in this production, but on the contrary, I find the extreme differences between this role and her other at the time, "Pride & Prejudice", an indication of just how versatile she can be. "Domino" is pure escapism, with a touch of Tarantino-esque grit in many of the scenes. Thoroughly enjoyable, providing you leave your film critic/realist hat at the door.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable, but more style than substance 30 May 2012
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Format:DVD
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Tough one to review this. I thought Keira Knightley was reasonably well cast as the English bounty hunter Domino Harvey and, as has been previously mentioned, her very Englishness contrasts effectively with grizzled Yank Rourke and messed-up Latino Ramirez. The direction was quirky to say the least though. Tony Scott is clearly a big admirer of Tarentino and throws some elements of black humour into the heady mix of menace, shoot-outs, gore, drugs and sex. The Jerry Springer scene was a hoot but, other scenes, meant to be amusingm, fell rather flat. The sepia-tinted flashbacks, illustrating Knightley's narration, however, became a bit of a bore after a while and some of the action is so far-fetched as to be just plain silly. It's a bit too long as well. But, overall there's just about enough action and fun in here to keep you entertained and if the real Domino's life (who we see briefly as the end credits roll) was even remotely as this movie depicts, then she must have been one helluva woman.

Blu-ray presentation is pretty good, with very sharp image quality, a pumping soundtrack and some excellent surround-sound effects.

So, to summarise; Domino is stylish in parts, occasionally amusing and spectacular on a couple of occasions. Whilst it pales into insignificance compared with the likes of Pulp Fiction that it strives to emulate, it is still worth a look.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The Way Dominos Fall
Domino is loosely based on the real life Domino Harvey, born in 1969, who was the daughter of famed actor Laurence Harvey who died in 1973 when Domino was only four years old. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Movie Man
5.0 out of 5 stars film review
A cracking action packed guns ablazing film then you realize it's a true story which kind of adds to it's appeal loved it,great watch
Published 5 months ago by maximus
3.0 out of 5 stars Have I missed something ??.
Interesting film but.....I always thought Lawrence Harvey died in 1972 and not 1992 Or have I missed something. Otherwise not bad.
Published 7 months ago by Jimbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film at a good price.
Good film at a good price. I have been looking for this for a while, but found it on amazon
Published 7 months ago by Tony Thomas
1.0 out of 5 stars How not to make a film.
I can't believe that the film makers watched this back and were satisfied. There are just so many things wrong with it. To name one there is no real character development. Read more
Published 7 months ago by H.E.Cox
1.0 out of 5 stars I guess he had a thing for models...
Domino Harvey, daughter of film actor Laurence Harvey, is tired and unsuited to the pretentiousness of her high-society LA life, so she leaves the vanity behind, and sets off to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
4.0 out of 5 stars My name is...
Bold, brash and ballsy - that could apply to both Domino Harvey herself and the film, easily identifiable as a Tony Scott production; all the style, verve and attitude of a music... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
5.0 out of 5 stars best movie
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Published 17 months ago by Mr. G. D. Hennis
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fallen Domino
Ostensibly, Richard Kelly isn't a great storyteller. Though Donnie Darko's still a masterpiece the best of his other work is The Box. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jack Heslop
1.0 out of 5 stars A really miserable piece of rubbish
Ten minutes watching this was enough to assure me it was incapable of getting any better. The only thing i can say to the five star reviewers - who must be paid child relatives of... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Gargantua Pantaloon
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