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Review: Brian De Palma’s DOMINO Is A Disappointing Dud - Movies In Focus
Any Brian De Palma is better than no Brian De Palma. That’s the way to look at any film from one of cinema’s greatest thriller directors. However, it’s a serious shame that Domino feels like the master has had his edges shaved, leaving something of a generic thriller that fails to really register. Often seen as the enfant terrible of the 1970s Movie Brats, De Palma’s grandiose and operatic movies are often exercises in style over substance. Domino though is a movie that lacks substance and style, with just a few of De Palma’s trademarks left in place after a difficult shoot and an even more difficult post-production process. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays a Danish cop hot on the tail of the Eriq Ebouaney’s terrorist who killed his partner. (Søren Malling). He’s teamed with Carice van Houten’s fellow cop as he tracks the killer across Europe. Guy Pearce’s shady CIA agent throws complications into proceedings, playing both sides for his own gain. Brian De Palma’s riffing on Hitchcock is legendary and he knows how to stage and shoot sequences like no other. He directs like a conductor, ushering moments forward and moving pieces to create greatness. There are a few moments [...]