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Domino (2005)

Director(s): Tony Scott

Theatrical Release: 2005

Cast: Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke, Edgar Ramirez, Delroy Lindo, Christopher Walken, Mena Suvari

Genre(s): Action, Thriller, biography, Comedy, Dean's List

Countries: USA

Location in store: Checkout Counter > Action-Adventure binder

(2 / 2)
Ant Rating
Running Time: 128m.

Keira Knightley stars in the title role of this Tony Scott action comedy that offers an openly fictionalized account of the life of bounty hunter Domino Harvey. In this film penned by Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly, the restless Domino rejects the privileged life she has been given as the daughter of actor Laurence Harvey (Jesse Pate), who dies when she is only eight, and Ford model Paulene Stone (Jacqueline Bisset). Despite being both beautiful and clever, Domino also bucks against her own budding career as a Ford model, and recklessly rebels from both boarding school and college. She is fun-loving to the point of volatility, but after taking a class offered by "bail recovery agent" (i.e., bounty hunter) Ed Mosbey (Mickey Rourke), she joins up with him and his partner Choco (Edgar Ramirez) to form a three-person team. This rough and tumble occupation provides Domino with a satisfying adrenaline-oriented lifestyle as well as the flattering attention of Choco, who immediately "fancies" her. Soon, talk of an English rose chasing down Southern California's worst drug dealers and murderers with a massive firearm begins to spread, and Domino's reputation begins to reach urban-legendary proportions. At this point she is approached by television executive Mark Heiss (Christopher Walken) who proposes a reality TV series based on her life as a bounty hunter. Soon after the project begins, however, complications during a job land her in a tight spot with both the mob and the FBI, and she is forced to give her own account of the events -- an account which the audience is unable to verify. The unreliability of Domino's story in the film serves as a tongue-in-cheek parallel of the tabloid representation of the real Domino Harvey, who accused multiple publications of misrepresenting her, and was reportedly considering suing several media outlets before her death on June 27, 2005, of a suspected drug overdose. -- Cammila Albertson (