Based on a True Story…Sort of

        What do bounty hunters, cable TV, and a dying child have in common? They are the premise for the new Tony Scott film Domino (2005). Keira Knightley plays Domino, a slick barely-eighteen bounty hunter who has been confused all her life and finally found her calling—hunting down whoever she is paid to hunt down. The film is smart and has a huge twist that blows the mind. It begins at the end, as there is the beginning sequence to the climatic end is shown to introduce this, such as the opening sequence to Dominique Sena’s Swordfish. It begins to look in retrospect as Domino asks herself: “Where did it all go wrong?”

        If one has ever seen a Tony Scott film, such as Enemy of the State (1998), one should know what to expect: tons of explosive action, yet well developed dialogue and plot throughout and this movie was no exception. There was a lot to be said about the confused Domino in this film as well as the talent that Knightley presents as she goes all out for this, including shaving her head and learning how to become a bounty hunter from whom else, but actual bounty hunters. With this film, as well as Sin City, directed in 2005 by Frank Miller, and Spun, directed in 2002 by Jonas Akerland, it is safe to say that Mickey Rourke has finally come out of his slump in the 1990s, to become one of the most sought after actors for somewhat unique and interesting, yet controversial roles. Here Rourke plays an aging bounty hunter who decides to take Domino in after he sees what advantages she can provide to the team. One of the funniest moments of the film is actually involving Rourke as he is being filmed about his job and he happens to mention his IBS –Irritable Bow Syndrome.

        The plot leaves one guessing as a caper goes sadistically wrong and keeps getting worse as nothing is what as it seems. No one is really who he or she seems to be; and by the end, the ill child comes into play. (You will have to see it for yourself.) I was really impressed by the cinematography as Scott has a unique view about camera angles and blurred vision. Yet these angles added to the confusion and fast pace of the film and were well conceived. This movie is based on a true story, well kind of, as it boasts in the opening credits; nevertheless, one should merely see this movie for fun. Do not expect the greatest film of all time, but at least a fast-paced adventure leaving you wanting more, and do not forget to pay attention to the interesting cameos.

Jonathan Holzapfel

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