Reviews of the film "Domino" in the Oct. 14 Style and Weekend sections misstated the age of Domino Harvey at the time of her father's death. She was 4, not 8. (Published 10/15/2005)
"Domino" begins with the disclaimer that it is based on a true story . . . "sort of." And indeed, it seems the only true thing about the movie is the name of its title character, the daughter of actor Laurence Harvey who, after the death of her dad when she was 8, embarked on a troubled girlhood and ended up as a bounty hunter in a Los Angeles bail bondsman's office, where the little girl lost finally found her true self. (The real Domino Harvey died in June of a suspected drug overdose.)
Director Tony Scott's film pivots around an ill-fated gig that Domino (Keira Knightley) is explaining to an FBI psychologist (Lucy Liu), entailing lots of doubling and tripling back in time. The effect is edgy, tough and sneakily seductive, as the ultimate Girl Gone Wild plies her trade, using whatever it takes -- assault weapons or lap dances -- to get her man. The filmmakers have added a subplot involving a reality TV show that is following Domino and her crew as they try to track down a gang that hijacked a Las Vegas casino's armored car. It's during these sequences, in which Christopher Walken plays a producer someone compares to a "ferret on crystal meth," that "Domino" achieves a sort of perfect storm of campy pop cultural references.
There's a manic kind of pleasure in all this, and Knightley, with her raccoon-ringed eyes and tattoos, successfully returns to her tomboy roots of "Bend It Like Beckham." But after all the death and destruction, it turns out that the money Domino's team recovers is -- wait for it -- for the children. It's like a ferret on crystal meth that belatedly discovers ecstasy, and it's a tiresome trip either way.
-- Ann Hornaday