February 23, 2011

Domino (Tony Scott, 2005)

WHAT IT IS: After a brief stint as a model, Domino, daughter of a Hollywood actor and an L.A. socialite, becomes a bounty hunter for the excitement of it.

HOW IT IS: Tony Scott is probably the greatest living action director. As the action film has lost luster since the 70s and 80s and there are less and less directors like Peckinpah and Friedkin in the genre, itself intermingling often with adventure or special effects elements, there hasn’t been many directors, I would say, to consistently develop a style and a legacy like Tony Scott has.

Domino is no exception. Written by Richard Kelly, the writer/director of the indie cult hit Donnie Darko, and based (sort of) on the life of the real Domino and a friend of Scott’s, Domino is stylistically intricate, using several techniques developed and (over?)used by Scott in commercials and his latest films that wholly enhance its propos. Keira Knightly is unimpressive but is sustained by a rich supporting cast which gives the film unexpected substance, like a candy with vitamin filling.

Ridiculous, violent, blatantly overexposed, extreme and unrealistic, Tony Scott’s film never pretends to be anything else than what it is: a solid, fun, visceral good time. 

IF YOU LIKE: Tony Scott films like True Romance, Enemy of the State, Man on Fire.