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Dom Hemingway
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08.21.2014 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Richard Shepard

Actors:
Jude Law
Richard E. Grant
Emilia Clarke

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Dom Hemingway is a professional safecracker who just served twelve years in prison. Now heís out, and he wants his damn money! Domís luck, however, isnít great, and on top of money problems, heís also long overdue to sort out his personal life.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Went into this one with low expectations because Iím not a fan of Jude Law (though to his credit, I didnít mind him in the recent SHERLOCK HOLMES films). That said, once I understood what Dom was about, and got to see his eccentric badass in motion, I was hooked. This falls into the LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, LAYERED CAKE and SNATCH ballpark, though not nearly as great as those film. It tries to be, and tries hard, but itís not. I was still fun though.

Youíll know whether or not you like Dom (or if this movie is indeed for you) within the first couple minutes, which find our protagonist getting a BJ in prison whilst entertaining us with a rather potent speech about his shaft. Itís one of those moments where I asked myself, ďis this really happening?Ē and chuckled at the absurdity of it all. But this is Dom Hemingway, a professional safe cracker who just did a pile of time for keeping his mouth shut, and thatís how he rolls. The initial plot revolves around him getting the money heís due, which he and his buddy Dickie are en-route to grab. Their meeting with the drug lord money man is hilariousóthink Domís dick speech, only this time itís about his money and the extra present he feels heís entitled to. Jude Law knocks this character out of the park for me, as nearly every word that comes out of Domís mouth is pure gold.

DOM HEMINGWAY isnít for everyone, and doesnít have a ton of re-watchability due mostly to the third actís switch in tone. Over the course of Domís twelve year stretch, his wife died of cancer and his daughter grew up without a father, so once heís on track-ish, he tries to rekindle and it becomes one of Ďthoseí movies. I want to say, at the very least, his daughter is played by Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), but sheís given so little to do here thatís her presence feels moot. Daddy issues aside, this flick still packs a decent enough punch for a solid go around. Possibly two.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Director Richard Shepard gives a ďho humĒ by the numbers tour of the film while adding many campfire stories that happened on set. My two cents? How do you do a DOM HEMINGWAY commentary with the Dom!?

Promotional Featurettes: This basically plays out like four trailers; one focussed on Dom, the story, some set and prop looks, a bit with the director. Fine and good, but the first ones just showcase movies pieces and we get enough from the director in the commentary. What a waste.

Ping-Pong Loop: In complete check with the absurdity of this film, we get a half hour of two women playing table tennis (a looped video in Lestorís club office). Priceless.

Previews: There are some trailers, a gallery of movie stills as well as a Digital HD version of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I love crass, over-the-top, anti-hero types and thatís exactly who Dom is. Like I said, the decision to love or hate him will be made a couple minutes in, but I suggest you donít shy away as Dom will grow on you before long, and maybe even surprise you by filmís end.
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