DVD Reviews | Feb 19th, 2006
Starring Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke, Edgar Ramirez, Delroy Lindo, Lucy Liu, Christopher Walken, Mena Suvari, Brian Austin Green, Ian Ziering
Written By: Richard Kelly
Directed By: Tony Scott
Studio: New Line Entertainment
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Ever since Bend It Like Beckham, i’ve been a Keira Knightley fan. She’s beautiful, a great actress, and I just love that accent! Seeing her with short hair takes a second to get used to but after seeing the movie, I must say I really like it on her. As far as the movie is concerned, it was a decent action drama with some cool camera shots and nifty cinematography. It tends to get chaotic towards the end of the movie though.
Domino is about the late Domino Harvey (played by Keira Knightley), daughter of Hollywood actor Laurence Harvey. As a teen, Domino was an outcast and didn’t want to get caught up in the Hollywood BS. So after getting kicked out of sororities, and then school, she visits a Bounty Hunter seminar (saw an ad for it in a LA paper). Yeah, who knew bounty hunters had a freakin’ seminar! I wonder if Boba Fett is the president, but also a member. Anyway, Domino turns a bunch of heads because this tall skinny chick comes walking in a bounty hunter seminar, filled with hillbilly bikers & truckers. The seminar takes a break, and she catches Ed (Mickey Rourke) & Choco (Edgar Ramirez) leaving the seminar in a hurry so she goes running after them. She meets up with them in the alley and Ed (her future mentor) agrees to bring her on his team. Choco, an ex-convict turned bounty hunter, falls for Domino and she doesn’t get involved with him right away and it eats him up inside. Domino gets so good at the bounty hunting thing that she’s named Bounty Hunter of the Year. Again, who knew they gave out these kinds of awards! She gets so popular, that a reality TV producer (Christopher Walken) wants to have a show about her. That’s where Brian Austin Green and Ian Ziering come in..Yes those guys, from Beverly Hills 90210. They host the bounty show called Bounty Squad and they get caught up in all the chaotic mess that is about to unfold. Soon the three bounty hunters have to deal with masked gunmen who have done a series of car heist, than the mob gets involved, and then something about an ill-fated baby. Gets very confusing and messy at the end. That’s pretty much the jest of the story, it’s pretty hard to explain. Just watch it ok!
I didn’t know what to expect when seeing this movie. The last few movies Tony Scott have made have been hit or miss with me. His style is really getting weird, but I still enjoy most of his movies (Crimson Tide, Beverly Hills Cop II & Enemy of the State being my favorite). Domino is a perfect story for Tony Scott and his style. The grainy, deteriorated, schizo filmmaking really fit the lifestyle of a bounty hunter. I liked the way it was represented in this film but i’m sure people will be turned off by it. Especially people who have motion sickness or don’t like jittery filmmaking. I found the movie to be chaotic at times, and could have used some editing towards the end. I got really confused with certain storylines at times. I suppose it all comes together in the end though.
The acting was pretty good, I thought Keira Knightley did a good job and carried the film. The supporting actors were all great as well. Edgar Ramirez hasn’t been in too many movies but I think you’ll be seeing him more and more from now on. Mickey Rourke has definitely had a comeback with Sin City and now this movie. The guy just has been playing cool characters lately. The movie had some funny things in it, mainly concerning Brian Austin Green, Ian Ziering and Christopher Walken. Walken’s lines & mannerisms are always funny, especially the way he says them. The fact that Brian Austin Green and Ian Ziering were in the movie, playing themselves was a joke in and of itself. But I think it was perfect casting because Domino was totally anti-Beverly Hills and these guys starred in a series called Beverly Hills 90210. Oh, another thing that male fans will enjoy with this movie (well besides the action) is a stylish sex scene with Keira Knightley and Edgar Ramirez. Why buy the Vanity Fair issue with Scarlet Johannsen & Keira semi-nude when you can the full thing in this movie. Or get both I suppose! Yes I’m a pervert, I know.
Domino’s bonus material are pretty decent. There’s some deleted scenes (with optional commentary with Tony Scott) and the scenes went about 7 minutes long total. There’s an alternate love scene, or as Tony Scott calls it, “fuck scene.” He talks about how the one that appears in the movie was a love scene because the music was different, and then one in the deleted scene section was a fast, loud fuck scene. He has a point though, music does play a big part in movies and really sets the mood. The other scenes didn’t really offer anything special and I can see why they were cut. The next featurette I watched was the one about Domino Harvey’s life and you really got the jest of what she was all about. The movie did embellish a lot of the story and was “inspired” by her life so not everything was true. It’s sad to see she didn’t survive to see the end of the film making. Or get to see her life’s story put on film. I liked seeing real interviews with her, Choco, and others who knew her. The last featurette I watched was the “Bounty Hunting on Acid” featurette, which explains Tony Scott & crew’s film making techniques. You figure out how things are done and what they did you achieve the look of the movie (some of it was by mistake). Really cool to know how they did things.
Overall, I thought the movie started out good and then got a bit messy towards the end. Sort of confusing to watch at times, especially with the style of the film was filmed in. But in the end, I was still entertained and liked the movie. Is it one of Tony Scott’s best movies? No, but I think he’s found a real good nitch that he will perfect with each movie he makes.
Commentary with Tony Scott and writer Richard Kelly
Script Notes and story development commentary with Tony Scott, Zack Schiff-Abrams, Richard Kelly and Tom Waits
9 Deleted Scenes Featurette: – “I am a Bounty Hunter”: Domino Harvey’s Life with optional commentary
Bounty Hunting on Acid: Evolution of a Visual Style
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
ENGLISH: DD-EX 5.1
Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: Domino’s first assignment, love scene (of course), scenes with Brian Austin Green & Ian Ziering were funny.
Running Time: 128 minutes