29-10-2005, 11:33 AM
Join Date: Feb 2005
'Domino' delivers on storyline, violence, effects
El Paso Times
In the early days of movies, roles for women were limited to those of damsels in distress.
Thankfully, that has changed and we have seen very strong women characters.
Domino Harvey (Keira Knightley), the protagonist in "Domino," displays strength and depth as a former model-turned-bounty- hunter.
"Domino," as the opening of the movie says, is "based on a true story -- sort of" and the movie takes several liberties, which just makes it a fun ride anyway.
Sadly, the real Domino died earlier this year of a drug overdose after nearly a decade in the bounty hunter business.
The movie is based on Domino's narration of what happened, so it's anybody's guess how much of it is "true."
The movie is a cross between "Sin City" and "Natural Born Killers" in terms of the unique characters and how the movie was shot.
And, of course, it has violence to the nth degree.
Domino is having fun in her new profession when a reality-show producer wants to do a show about her and her team.
They agree, and their borderline legal tactics are a hit.
Then they get the call to recover $10 million in stolen money from a Las Vegas casino with mob ties, and things get really dirty.
She eventually gets arrested after a Las Vegas landmark is destroyed.
Mickey Rourke, whose career was resuscitated with "Sin City," has another brilliant role here as Ed the bounty hunter. He is the dark mentor who uses rumors about his past to influence his team and the bad guys they round up.
Before watching "Domino," take in a Vegas-style buffet at Ventanas inside Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, featuring a live pasta station, pizza, salad bar and more.
There will be people who are going to have a problem with the story or the violence or the way some of the scenes were shot, which was almost dreamlike.
But don't overthink it too much and enjoy the ride.
Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.
-- Friedrich Nietzsche