"Violently Bizarre and Obscene"
What You Need To Know:
Frequent use of the "f" word abounds in this violent thriller. There are also some strong sexual references and elements, plus brief nudity. Surprisingly, the story is peppered briefly with strong references to Jesus Christ and salvation. Even so, these positive Christian references cannot redeem the ubiquitous, abhorrent, violent, and foul-mouthed aspects of this insane story. Ultimately, DOMINO the movie is simply too bizarre, violent and obscene to be satisfying.
(PaPaPa, CC, B, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, AA, DD, MMM) Very strong pagan worldview with some strong references to Jesus Christ and church, including a quirky theophany from Jesus, who is played by scruffy singer Tom Waits, plus one character concludes that everyone falls short of perfection and that love is important; about 180 mostly strong obscenities, 17 strong profanities, five light profanities, and two obscene gestures; plenty of excessive violence includes man's arm deliberately shot off, images of man's arm detached from his body, much gunfire, gunfights, some explosions, people shown executed, car crashes, van tips end over end, bounty hunters bust down doors, and violent threats; implied and depicted fornication, nude dancing, woman offers sex to criminal, and other sexual references; upper and rear female nudity, upper male nudity, and man strips down to underwear; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking and marijuana and cocaine references, and main characters are unwittingly given mescaline in their coffee; and, stealing, bounty hunters operate on fringes of the law, mafia hitmen, organized crime, laundering money, DMV workers operate forged document gang, child rebels against mother, deceit, and brutality.
DOMINO is an elaborate, violent, obscenity-filled thriller based very loosely on the real life of Domino Harvey, the daughter of English actor Laurence Harvey who appeared in such movies as THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE with Frank Sinatra (1962) and John Wayne’s THE ALAMO (1960). Sadly, Domino just died this summer, before the movie based on her character is being released in theaters.
Keira Knightly stars in the film as Domino. The movie opens with a battered and bloody Domino explaining to a female FBI interrogator a complicated series of crimes and violent acts that just took place. Along the way, Domino gives details about her life.
Domino tells how her father died when she was a young girl. Her mother, a famous model, put Domino in a boarding school, but Domino rebelled. Later, Domino leaves the modeling profession herself and, after wandering around, finds herself attending a day-long seminar in Los Angeles for budding bounty hunters. Mickey Rourke plays Ed, the head bounty hunter. When Domino discovers that Ed and his people are going to stiff all the students of their tuition money, she cunningly waylays Ed and his partner Choco, and demands that they let her train with them. They let her participate in one of their busts, and, when she performs well, Ed takes her under his wing as his female protégé.
With Domino on board, the bounty hunters make a name for themselves. A TV company wants to do a show on them, but they get into trouble when the bail bondsmen with whom they work and his illegal crew of driver license forgers gets them unwittingly involved in a heist from a mob-controlled hotel in Las Vegas. A violent series of double and triple crosses ensues, with Domino, Ed and Choco taking three hostages, including two real-life actors from the canceled TV show BEVERLY HILLS 90210, who were part of the reality series being shot around Domino, Ed and Choco. Complicating matters is a romantic triangle involving Domino, Ed and Choco, but the whole episode causes Domino to re-examine her life.
Frequent use of the “f” word abounds in this violent thriller. There are also some strong sexual references and elements. Surprisingly, however, the story is peppered briefly with strong references to Jesus Christ and salvation stemming partly from Domino’s visit to a Catholic church as a young girl. At the height of the mayhem, singer Tom Waits appears in a bizarre scene that may be described as a quirky theophany from Jesus, who commands Domino to give part of the money from the heist to the sick little black girl who was the real reason for the bail bondsman’s heist in the first place.
Even so, these positive Christian references cannot redeem the ubiquitous, abhorrent, violent, and foul-mouthed aspects of this insane story. Despite reading comments from the director about his friendship with the real Domino Harvey and her bizarre personality and crazy lifestyle, one still wonders why he didn’t just try to do a real biography of his friend instead of the crazy-quilt thriller that he and his team created here. Ultimately, DOMINO the movie is simply too bizarre to be believed or satisfying. However, the filmmakers do indeed blow up things real good.