STAY THE FIGHT! STRENGTH, EFFORT, AND DISCIPLINE. THESE ARE THE WATCH WORDS OF A WARRIOR -- Kevin Michael Vance
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STAY THE FIGHT! STRENGTH, EFFORT, AND DISCIPLINE. THESE ARE THE WATCH WORDS OF A WARRIOR -- Kevin Michael Vance
STAY THE FIGHT! STRENGTH, EFFORT, AND DISCIPLINE. THESE ARE THE WATCH WORDS OF A WARRIOR -- Kevin Michael Vance

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Title: Domino
Director: Tony Scott
Year: 2005
Reviewed: March 19, 2006

Rating:   Rice Cake-Lowest Rating
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  Domino

At one time, Tony Scott, used to be able to direct. True Romance, one of my favorite Quentin Tarantino-scripted films gets my highest recommendation, and regardless of how you feel now, we all loved Top Gun (yes, Tony Scott is the man who helmed that pivotal film). He is also the brother of my all-time favorite director, Ridley Scott. However, that does not mean he can be forgiven for the mistakes he's made in his last two movies: Man on Fire, and this one, Domino.

I give Domino my dreaded RICE CAKE review.

There simply is nothing to speak about as it concerns Domino. It seemed, as my brother and Andy and I were muddling our way through the disjointed mess that is Domino that somewhere inside all the smoke and mirrors was a story; based apparently on a real person. But you can't find the story in Domino, nor can you find any strong characters or dynamic tension. Domino suffers from the same maniacal editing that Man on Fire suffered from. It appears, while watching the movie, that before Tony Scott went into the editing room he drank 10 cups of coffee, did 5 lines of coke, 7 hits of speed, and then turned into a precocious, un-focused 15 year old. And this, inevitably, is why Domino fails. I honestly do not think that Tony Scott held any scene for more than a few seconds. There is no sense of tension, and absolutely no chance for the viewer to "get into" any of the drama, story, or characters, simply because Tony Scott, in a lack of any aesthetic sense, refuses to concentrate on anything for more than a few seconds. Watching Domino is like watching music videos… for almost 3 fucking hours! It is truly ridiculous. Everything is filmed in Sepia tones and weird comic-book colors, which may work in the Matrix, but, again, supposedly we're watching a story based upon real people and real events. They even go so far as to film the "real" Domino at the end of the film; which may or may not lend it some credence if it were not for the heavy-handed, and psychotic way in which Tony Scott thought he had to edit the film. And I'm not even touching on the evinced unreality of Keira Knightly playing a "tough-girl". She looks all of 90 pounds wet, and they have her busting down doors and toting shot guns; some of which appear bigger than her.

All in all, Domino fails. And fails in a big way. I was going to give it a BIRTHDAY CAKE review, but there simply is nothing redeeming about Domino.

Trust me on this. Instead of renting Domino, rent True Romance.
   



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