A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real takeaways here; it's mainly a revenge story centered around terrorist acts.
Positive Role Models
Characters aren't very well developed, and aren't particularly admirable. One female character is a police officer, but she's not shown to be particularly strong or independent.
Violence & Scariness
Blood and gore. Guns and shooting. Many people are shot in a massacre, with blood spurts. Body parts are cut/sliced. Dead, gory body with throat sliced and fingers severed. A young boy sees gory pictures of a crime scene. A character falls to his death, is shown splatted on the sidewalk. Terrorist bombers. Face plunged in boiling water. Fighting, punching.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief full-frontal female nudity. Couple in bed together; the man leaves the bed, and the naked woman follows, embraces and kisses him. Characters are said to have been in an extramarital affair.
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Several uses of "f--k," a use of "a--hole," a use of "oh, Christ."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcoholic beverages on view. Characters discuss former problems with alcohol and attending AA meetings.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Domino is a mature, revenge- and terrorism-focused thriller from director Brian De Palma. It had a troubled production history, and the finished film feels a little lacking in character development and somewhat irresponsible in the way it depicts terrorism. But it features two Game of Thrones stars (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Carice van Houten), and De Palma's astounding style frequently saves the day. Violence is frequent and extreme: Expect to see guns and shooting, a bloody massacre, an attempted terrorist bombing, blood and gore, gory dead bodies, fighting, punching, slicing, and cutting. A young boy sees gory crime scene photos. There's also full-frontal female nudity as a woman climbs out of bed and cuddles and kisses her male partner. Other characters are said to have had an affair. Language includes a few uses of "f--k," plus "a--hole" and "oh, Christ." Characters talk about having had drinking problems and attending AA meetings, and alcohol is seen. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Thanks to a troubled production and a thin story and characters, this thriller from suspense veteran Brian De Palma doesn't rank with his best. But his still-masterful, bravura touches make it worth a look. Some sources suggest that Domino was intended to be much longer; perhaps that movie would have fleshed out some of the story's more emotional and political aspects. This 89-minute version skimps a little on relationships and character interactions, and it feels a tad irresponsible in the way it handles an ISIS-related story as regular thriller material. On the plus side, it moves quickly, like a brisk B movie, and De Palma's skills in communicating through a purely visual, visceral cinematic form haven't faded; in that, he has few equals working today.
The sequence in which Christian leaves his gun behind, a rooftop chase, a red tomato motif, and uses of modern technology like photos on a phone and an airborne drone showcase De Palma's skills at their most skillful -- and also show that he's not afraid to change with the times. In one shocking sequence, two cameras and split-screen are used to simultaneously show an ISIS assassin's face and her targets. But the iffy production buzz, plus the fact that this is De Palma's first movie in seven years (since Passion), will lead many to conclude that he's an artist in decline. But history shows that few of his works were ever appreciated upon first release, and Domino at least deserves a look.
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