|DOM HEMINGWAY (director/writer: Richard Shepard; cinematographer: Giles Nuttgens; editor: Dana Congdon; music: Rolfe Kent; cast: Demian Bichir (Ivan Fontaine), Richard E. Grant (Dickie), Jude Law (Dom Hemingway), Emilia Clarke (Evelyn), Kerry Condon (Melody), Jumayn Hunter (Lestor), Madalina Ghenea (Paolina), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Hugh); Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Jeremy Thomas; Fox Searchlight Pictures; 2013-UK)|
|"Always feels fake."
by Dennis Schwartz
Brit crime film, which always feels fake
and all talk. It makes you think of a lesser Sexy
Beast. Here gangsters meet in the French
countryside in this strained, loud and pretentious
crime comedy unappealingly written and directed by
Richard Shepard ("The Hunting
title character Jude Law opens the pic with a long
monologue about the prowess of his cock. Dom is the
obnoxious, macho and violent safe-cracker just
released after getting a blow job in prison and after
being mum while serving 12 years in prison. When
released he goes with his one-handed London enabler
loyal pal Dickie (Richard E. Grant)
to the high-end French countryside villa of his
elegant gangster boss Ivan Fontaine (Demian
Bichir) to collect for taking the rap for
a major job.
Dom crudely goes into annoying drunken rants, drools
openly over his host's lady friend Paolina (Madalina
Ghenea, Romanian model), his
kingpin host remains quiet. He then gives Dom his
payoff of three quarters of a million pounds,
after the safe-cracker apologizes. In a drunken
stupor, the stupid Dom arranges for an accident that
backfires, as Paolina flees with his reward money.
in his London haunts, the absentee dad
Dom tries to reconnect with his embittered daughter,
Evelyn (Emilia Clarke), a struggling singer with a
mute young son. The resentful Evelyn wants nothing
to do with him. In further efforts to seek
redemption, Dom goes to his cancer vic wife's grave.
pic has run out of purpose long ago and the messy
story just goes nowhere. This one is all about Jude
playing it over-the-top as a brash bad ass. If his
excessive performance somehow moves you, you might
be entertained by this misfire.
REVIEWED ON 1/25/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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