domino

director: brian de palma (scarface, the untouchables, Mission: impossible)

Starring: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, carice van houten, eric ebouaney, and guy pearce 

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★

A Copenhagen police officer seeks justice for his partner's murder by a mysterious man.

You'd think with a cast that includes Game of Thrones Nikolaj Coster - Waldau and Carice Van Houten along with Guy Pearce and helmed by a director who started the Tom Cruise juggernaut of a franchise Mission: Impossible as well as Scarface and The Untouchables that any film that they were collectively a part of would be gold. But boy does Domino disappoint. 

In a world wracked by terror and suspicion, Copenhagen police officer Christian seeks justice for his partner's murder by an ISIS member named Imran. On the hunt for the killer, Christian and a fellow cop become caught in a cat and mouse chase with a duplicitous CIA agent who is using Imran as a pawn to trap other ISIS members. Soon, Christian is racing against the clock -- not only seeking revenge but to save his own life.

Domino is such a mess that its hard to really unravel what went wrong. The story is barely OK as it pushes us into ludicrous situations and key plot points feel rushed or sandwiched in at the very last moment. Which results in not only a weak narrative, but a bumbling tone to the whole film which includes the score. I don't think I can remember a more horrific score for a film, as it overbears and seeks to increase tension over the most minute details. 

Unfortunately Coster - Waldau and Van Houten do their best with the material that they have been given but unfortunately they can't make a game of this. 

Very little to find appealing in this mess. 

★★

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Domino is available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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