Domino is upcoming crime thriller from director Brian De Palma, whose name might have faded a bit from the public consciousness over the last two decades given his very low output, but he’s still the man who gave us classics like Carrie (the original), Scarface, The Untouchables, and the first movie in the Mission: Impossible franchise.
Set in Copenhagen, Denmark the movie stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) as a cop hot on the trail of his partner’s murderer, an ISIS member named Imran (Eriq Ebouaney – 3 Days to Kill). However a CIA agent (Guy Pearce – Iron Man 3) is also on Imran’s trail but for a very different reason, he wants to use Imran to track down other ISIS members – and he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
The plot synopsis is as follows:
In a world wracked by terror and suspicion, Copenhagen police officer, Christian (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), seeks justice for his partner’s murder by an ISIS member named Imran (Eriq Ebouaney). On the hunt for the killer, Christian and a fellow cop are unwittingly caught in a cat and mouse chase with a duplicitous CIA agent (Guy Pearce) 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.
The movie was originally shot in 2017, but has had its release delayed until now. It also suffered from huge problems while filming mainly due to financing, with De Palma saying in a 2018 interview (via The Playlist) that “I had a lot of problems in financing [Domino]. I never experienced such a horrible movie set”, and essentially washed his hands of it saying, “Domino is not my project, I did not write the script.” The movie has reportedly also had around an hour of its runtime trimmed off. Oh dear.
Let’s take a look:
After watching that trailer I’m left with an overwhelming sense of… okay. It’s okay, and given the people involved with this movie that’s almost criminal. Everything about the movie – direction, story, acting – are perfectly competent and there’s nothing particularly bad that I can see, but there’s also nothing that really wows me either. I’d happily watch this if it ended up on a streaming service I use, but if it doesn’t I wouldn’t feel like I’m missing out on anything.
What do you think?
Domino is due for release in the US on 31 May. It also stars Carice van Houten, Nicolas Bro, Paprika Steen, Thomas W. Gabrielsson, and Søren Malling.
Last Updated: April 5, 2019