I still think that its a kick-ass action film, despite everyones opinion.
All this low rating is coming from people who keep comparing Hollywood with the real world. Oh come on, Knightley, Walken and Lucy Liu? Mmmmmmm!!! ^_^
(Re-rated, re-watched) Slashed half a star for the accent. Didnt care to look up the history of Domino Harvey either.
First of all, it's obvious that Tony Scott doesn't match the talent that his older brother Ridley has. Tony Scott does have a great movie in his credits, 'Man on Fire', some good flicks like, 'Crimson Tide', 'Enemy of the State', 'True Romance' and a macho, semi-gayish tribute to Navy pilots, which will be remembered forever, 'Top Gun'. The thing that connects all of his movies together is simply put the action. Like my fellow Finn, Renny Harlin, Scott can do decent action but his star is sliding down because of his mediocre films that he has made recently.
The story of 'Domino' is so weak and uninteresting. How in hell can a story about a feeble model turned bounty hunter get you interested? One reason could be Keira Knightley, who's always a joy to look at... except in this one. All her charm is gone, she's not convincing as the lead so all there is, is a girl who looks like a bastard child of Sarah Connor. You know... John Connor's mom.. From 'Terminator'.
Some "surprising" plot twists are put in to the movie as a weak attempt to make the movie more interesting. But the showdown in the end, the one between Domino's gang, the mafiosos and a billionaire who got robbed is so lame. The thing that aces it all is when Keira copies Rambo by shooting a bunch of people with two assault rifles in her anorectic hands. The recoil would've thrown her on her butt within a second after pulling the trigger. But this is movie magic!
And of course, when there's absolutely no need for a sex scene, Tony Scott puts one in. This is just a mid comment...
The editing and the filters that worked well in 'Man on Fire', gave me a terrible headache in 'Domino'. The camera is too shaky and the bad use of music crowns it all. Bad filmmaking, that's all.
On the positive side, I did enjoy Lucy Liu and the two guys that I remember from the crappy TV show 'Beverly Hills, 90210', Brian Austin Green and Ian Ziering. The guys brought some comedy to the movie, portraying themselves which was a nice thing. This shows that "celebs" can make fun of themselves.
'Domino' is by far the worst Tony Scott movie I've seen. I really can't come up with any good aspects that would make the film worth a look. Well, if you're a fan of Keira and her nipples, then you might wanna waste two hours of your life. Or then skip directly to the nipple scene and get off with a 10 second effort.
"It's a great day to die!"
Domino drips with style. The style is running off the screen it's so heavy. Definitely if you couldn't handle "Man on Fire" for this reason stay away from Domino, it's Man on Fire x 2 for style (and personally I loved MOF too). And the style that director Tony Scott has been working on and perfecting for this movie. fit the material perfectly. Not every movie can look and flow the same way, and frankly as a filmmaker myself I totally support the director's vision here and his attempt to shake-up the mainstream by-the-books style a bit.
You can't handle the style of Domino, good, go watch just about anything else available out there because 90% of it's gonna be an A to B type movie with lingering shots that you can feel comfortable in. Me though, I can appreciate when something different comes out visually that fits in the world the filmmaker is creating. It's taking cinematic risks in the mainstream, you gotta appreciate that!
Keira Knightley does an amazing job here! The movie is on her shoulders, she doesn't once seem like a weak little girlie, from the get-go I believed in her character, no questions asked. Personally I was already a fan, now I'm totally hooked, she has talent -.. Rourke continued his comeback streak here and did a nice job. Ramirez, the cast's newcomer was entertaining as well and I enjoy the subtle moments of lust and torture b/w him and Domino.
Call me crazy but I had a blast with this movie! It was one of those movies you can actually call a "ride" and mean it.
Side Note- the real Domino Harvey was on the set during some of the filming and apparently was happy with her translation to screen. If you watch the end credits she appears after Keira and she also did the dialogue in the "Heads you live, tails you die" song
It seems like an enormous deal of pretentiousness, self-indulgence and lack of taste runs in the family.
Choppy and exasperating trash.
"Yeah, what's the story gonna be about?"
"I dunno. A chick with a gun. Who gives a shit?"
"Well, she's gotta be hot. How about that skinny chick in that Pirate movie?"
"Ain't she British?"
"Yeah, so what. All she's gotta do is run around shooting shit and get her hooters out once in a while. Give her some tattoos and smeared mascara while your at it. Them emo kids love that shit."
"It's gonna need shoot outs. Lots of blood..."
"Hey, all we gotta do is keep showing what MIGHT have happened, and we can stick in all the action we like even if it makes no sense!"
"You are a f***ing genius!"
"Yeah, who gives a shit about the story anyway? Nobody can tell what the f***'s going on in a Tony Scott film with all that visual shit he stuffs into it!"
"We need a plot twist. That Lucky Number Slevin had about three of 'em..."
"Well stick FOUR in then. What, do I gotta write this shit myself?!"
"Springer's free. His agent just called me."
"Great! Let's have a whole scene on the Springer show! And throw in a couple of them Beverly Hills 90120 kids in. My daughter loves that show!"
"All it needs now is a couple of pop stars and some homies and we've got ourselves a winner!"
"Oh, and put a couple of weird bits in it to make the artsy fartsy crowd think it's clever. And get Walken just in case. Tarantino fans'll watch any old shit with him in it."
"It'll be ready in the morning. Let's do lunch. Ciao!"
Anyone who isn't a serious Knightley fan can skip it.
Never have I seen a director take so much flack for his style before. By now it is evident that most people do not appreciate Tony Scott's choppy, flashy, dizzying editing technique. If I have to choose between loving it and hating it, I'd say I love it. It was borderline distracting at times, but the end result was pretty good and it's nice to see a director with a creative edge to his style and some originality (even if it borrows heavily from MTV videos).
This stylistic edge manifests itself as Keira Knightley plays the role of cocky badass bounty hunter Domino Harvey and even her dialogue seems strangely choppy. Otherwise she plays her poorly because I pretty much hated her character and did not sympathize one bit with her, no matter how much she suffered. We follow Domino through her life as she joins up with fellow bounty hunters Mickey Rourke, Rizwan Abbasi and Edgar Ramirez. The crew become tangled up in the FBI and suddenly has a reality show contract under Christopher Walken's TV production company (what is Christopher Walken doing in every film, by the way?). I guess that is a clever film technique, because now Tony Scott is free to use as much flashy MTV/Reality Show editing footage as he likes. It becomes a pastiche of MTV culture at this point.
It followes then that the story is told at an amazingly rapid-fire pace, with lots of raunchy strong language and gun violence. There are some funny jokes; it's all very modern and surreal at the same time. It's a mess, but it's a rather enjoyable mess. It is ultimately flawed in so many ways (the actors try too hard to make their characters "cool", for one) but it works. I give it a weak 7/10 which may seem generous when compared to the general consensus of movie-goers who graded this film ? but I feel it had some good ideas and executed them well.