Give Domino credit for honesty, sort of. The film begins, as so many do, by saying that it is based on a true story. Then two extra words appear on screen: "sort of." That seems like fair warning. The film, which concerns a movie star's daughter who became a bounty hunter, is written by Richard Kelly, who wrote and directed the trippy cult hit Donnie Darko, and it is directed by the always hyper-stylish Tony Scott, who never saw a jump cut, a freeze frame, a saturated color or a gratuitous subtitle he didn't like. You know how the dialogue in Scott's last film, Man on Fire, was sometimes echoed on the soundtrack or spelled out on the screen, just to make sure we didn't miss it? Domino repeats these tricks, and more. So we don't exactly enter the theatre expecting authenticity or realism.
Still, if every movie that claims to be based on a true story contains a strong dose of fiction, then it stands to reason that a movie that claims to be only "sort of" based on a true story will be practically nothing but fiction. And that does seem to be the case here. The real Domino Harvey would have been 36 now if she had not died of a drug overdose a few months ago, but the movie version is barely out of her teens—just like the actress who plays her, 20-year-old Keira Knightley. Domino's father, Laurence Harvey—best known for starring in A Room at the Top, which ushered in the New Wave of British cinema, and for co-starring in Hollywood films like the original version of The Manchurian Candidate—died when Domino was just a girl, and that fact, at least, survives into the film. But the film dates his death to the early 1990s, some two decades after it actually took place.
And that's before we get to the story, which throws ...1
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