Following the brutal Copenhagen knifing of his police partner and best friend, Christian Toft sets out on a hunt for the Afghan assailant, Ezra Tarzi, joined by his sometime lover and colleague. But they are not alone in wanting to find him. Renegade CIA agent Joseph Martin catches him first, but all is not as it seems in this story of hunters and the hunted - there are scores to be settled, rules to be bent and ulterior motives.
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 1.4 x 13.5 x 17 cm; 80 Grams
- Item Model Number : DEF2803
- Director : Brian De Palma
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Run time : 1 hour and 29 minutes
- Release date : 7 August 2019
- Actors : Soren Malling, Carice Van Houten, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Guy Pearce
- Studio : Defiant Screen Entertainment
- ASIN : B07SG4Y8GB
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Like a lot of De Palma's films over the years, Domino has had some pretty polarising reviews, but as a De Palma fan I really liked it. He is a master of the suspense thriller. Here's my thoughts on the movie:
I won't tell you too much about the plot but if you are expecting just a standard run-of the-mill revenge thriller that it is pitched at on the surface, then you may be surprised.
Domino is full of the auteurs own career obsesssions: Voyeurism, Hitchcockian-suspense from helplessness and impotence, provocative & un-apologetically confrontational in its subject-matter and darkly humourous. Clearly lower budget than the likes of some of his blockbuster films yet full of stylistic directorial flourishes: a story told in part by visual grammar, split-diopters, slow ominous zooms, split-screens, set-pieces & hypnotic slow-motion, commentary on film-making and film-within-films & use of technology, Brechtian performances, a mistrust of authority figures (in this case the CIA), and a disconcerting score by De Palma regular Pino Donaggio.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays Christian as a flawed, somewhat helpless & clueless hero, (again a typical De Palma trait), and the characters surrounding him are the domino pieces the title refers to, toppling when Christian forgets his gun after a tyrst with an un-named woman, which sets other events in motion. This in itself is a brilliant scene, with a subtle piece of misdirection, the gun hiding in plain sight. There's three other astonishing set-pieces, the rooftop chase (homaging Vertigo and To Catch A Thief), an audacious split-screen scene at a film festival (shown twice, but note how the second viewing has been edited/finessed by the terrorist 'director') and the neon drenched bull-fight arena slow motion finale.
Domino isn't on the level of a Carlito's Way, Carrie, Blow-Out, Dressed to Kill or even his more recent criminally underappreciated dreamy thrillers Femme Fatale and Passion, as some of the characters lack depth and are not fully fleshed out in the brief running time, and the film clearly had budgetary issues that De Palma has gone on record about. However, this is still a very interesting & stylish watch for anyone into the pure cinema of De Palma.
Look out also for little clues De Palma gives you of events to come: the position of the figure in the picture on the wall at the opening scene in the café, and the red, blade like sails of the windmill.
P.S. - look out for blood red tomatoes as a bizarre running motif throughout this movie!