Directed by Tony Scott, starring Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke, Edgar Ramirez, Riz Abbasi, Delroy Lindo, Mo'nique, Ian Ziering and Brian Austin Green.
One of the hallmarks of Keira Knightley's career to date has been a willingness to try roles across the genres: period drama ('Pride & Prejudice'), thriller ('The Jacket'), sport ('Bend It Like Beckham'), horror ('The Hole') and action-adventure ('King Arthur', 'Pirates of the Caribbean'). 'Domino' belongs in that last category and singles itself out for special mention on Knightley's CV: it's the most ridiculous film she's ever made.
'Domino' takes its inspiration from the life of the late Domino Harvey, the daughter of 'The Manchurian Candidate' star Laurence Harvey who eschewed a privileged background and modelling career in favour of becoming a bounty hunter. The real-life Harvey died of an overdose in June of this year, while awaiting trial for drug dealing. Scott's film isn't an epitaph of any sort.
So stylised as to be painful to watch, 'Domino' finds Knightley teaming up with Mickey Rourke and Edgar Ramirez's hardnut bounty hunters to battle a plot that's barely coherent and which gets sillier by the minute. In the past Tony Scott has shown himself to be a competent action movie director, but this effort is so pretentious that even those who never tire of loud explosions or characters shouting will find looking at their watches the most aspect of the film.
Knightley is meant to be some kind of iconic heroine, tough, tender and troubled all at once, but that character needs more than a tomboy haircut and a few tattoos to be credible and the screenplay she has to work with (from 'Donnie Darko' director Richard Kelly!!!) just renders her annoying. There's only one thing you'll care about here - how long is left.
With profound lines like "there are three types of people in this world: the rich, the poor and everyone in between" and a cast which, to an actor, is wasted, 'Domino' ranks as one of the year's worst. With only two months left to go, it could even take the title.