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Domino
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03.02.2006 By: Quigles
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Director:
Tony Scott

Actors:
Keira Knightley
Mickey Rourke
Edgar Ramirez

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
This is the story of real-life Domino Harvey, who went from an upper class Hollywood lifestyle to being a down-and-dirty bounty hunter. The story presented in the film is true... sort of.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If I were to create a pie-chart and split up percentages, then DOMINO would have the three following sections... 48% action flick, 2% biopic, and 50% style. Anyone who's familiar with Tony Scott's work will easily recognize his kinetic directing techniques. But DOMINO's a whole different story. There is not a second to be found in the film where the camera just sits still. There's always something happening, whether it be zooming, shaking, fading, or paralyzing your brain with sharp, blaring contrasts. Actually, those details only take up about 15% of the movie's 50% style. I would have to write about ten pages worth to cover all of the other effects.

One big issue I had with the flick was that, for me, the story felt like it wasn't exciting enough to keep up with the film's extreme visuals. It was almost as if the filmmakers were trying to trick the audience into constantly thinking the plot was really intense, meaningful, and even clever. In reality, though, most of it was just... dull (not to mention unnecessarily convoluted). No offense to Richard Kelly (the writer) or Domino Harvey (the person on whom the film is based... sort of).

On the shinier side of the coin, I really loved seeing Mickey Rourke back in business once again. Unfortunately though, it's Domino who gets to hog all the screen time. Speaking of which, Keira Knightley does a decent job of portraying the character, despite only half convincing me on her "bad girl" act. As for the other characters, well, they're aplenty, and none of them are really necessary either. Still, seeing the lovely face of Lucy Liu and hearing the deep, gritty voice of Christopher Walken was certainly fun. And if you're fan of all things "fun", then rest assured, DOMINO is for you. Just make sure you don't seizure easily.
THE EXTRAS
There are not a whole lot of extras to check out, but what is here is certainly of high quality. Here's a great example of quality over quantity.

Audio Commentary #1 (with director Tony Scott and writer Richard Kelly): For fans of the film, this commentary is a must-listen. Both speakers deliver the goods on exactly what they worked on - Scott discussing the style and production, and Kelly talking about the story. The only downside is that they aren't recorded together.

Commentary #2 (with Tony Scott, Zach Schiff-Abrams, Richard Kelly, and Tom Waits): This isn't really a commentary so much as it is an alternate audio track. It features various meetings from the crew as they discuss the story's development and notes about the script. In my opinion, this is one of the more unique and interesting special features in recent memory. Definitely worth a listen.

Deleted/Alternate Scenes (7:54 - with optional commentary): There are 7 of them. If you enjoyed the film, then you should enjoy these scenes. They arenít necessary, but they are certainly amusing and fun to watch.

"I Am a Bounty Hunter": Domino Harvey's Life (20:31 - with alternate audio track): This awesome extra features a lot of good stuff, most notable of which is the very engaging interview with the real Domino Harvey. Also shown is some behind-the-scenes work on the film and discussion snippets from the cast and crew. To make things even cooler, an alternate audio track lets us hear Richard Kelly interviewing Domino Harvey.

Bounty Hunting on Acid (10:38): This somewhat brief featurette shows off Tony Scott's skills as we see him bring his interesting visual style to life. It doesn't go as in-depth with his process as I would've liked, but there was enough technical stuff to appease my basic interests (well, for the filmmaking side of things at least).

There's also a Teaser Trailer, a Theatrical Trailer, and 7 Sneak Peeks.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
For some, this picture is eye-candy at its finest. To others, it's a giant seizure-inducing migraine. I'm sort of half-and-half on this one. Certain things about it I loved (like the colors and the gritty style), but other things just annoyed the crap out of me (like the shaky camera work and the constant line repetitions). Regardless, even if the film doesn't all work, it's still a lot of fun to watch, so I certainly recommend renting it (or even buying it, if you're feeling daring).
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