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The picture is an exercise in exploitation joi de vivre, and your enjoyment of it will depend on your tolerance for shameless, reckless, unredemptive violence with relatively little artistic or spiritual value.
The problem with Scott's film and Keira Knightley's performance as the bounty hunter is its bored delirium, a daze of scattershot ennui that prioritizes hipster carnage and flashy cuts over intelligible storytelling.
The movie plays like the work of a self-impressed film student. It's ripe with strident stylistic flourishes, harsh atmospheric cinematography and superficial roles that allow cast members to scream their heads off. Either that, or get them blown off.
The only defense for Domino, the first-ever movie in a blender, is that director Tony Scott is pioneering a new form of cinema, in which the audience can never focus on a single object for more than a half second.
We first see L.A. bounty hunter Domino Harvey (Keira Knightley) leading the charge in a shoot-'em-up assault that will have you clutching your ears and shielding your eyes. Don't worry -- you're not missing much.
[Director Tony] Scott and screenwriter Richard Kelly turn Domino's life upside down, mixing tiny parts fact with heaping, heaving sums of fiction. But with a real-life story like Domino's, why all the fantasy?
The idea of the sprightly actress playing a kick-ass bounty hunter is certainly tantalizing; yet, sadly, the role of Domino Harvey provides little for Knightley to do but smoke cigarettes and snarl vacantly in between shootouts.
Think of Domino not so much as an overwrought adventure movie starring Keira Knightley as a bounty hunter, and more like one of those big domino-toppling displays that David Letterman sometimes puts on his show.
It's the tale of a real person in only the most abstract, opportunistic way, since what Scott has done is to pin the scandal label of 'true story' onto his most fractiously vapid action film since Beverly Hills Cop II.