2005 movie Domino

Domino is a well-paced action movie, if a little long, with an unusual feeling of surrealism behind the action. I was happy to see the rare movie with a woman in the lead, kicking butt and not spending all her time fretting over which guy to choose, or hanging in the background as Supportive Wife or Nagging Girlfriend. So I may have been predisposed to like the film, even though I am not a big fan of director Tony Scott.

The movie is very loosely based on the life of the late Domino Harvey (Keira Knightley), the daughter of actor Laurence Harvey, who grew bored with her modeling career and decided it would be more exciting to work as a bounty hunter. In the movie, she joins forces with Ed (Mickey Rourke) and Choco (Edgar Ramirez) on a big-money job that, of course, goes terribly wrong.

The story is told in flashback, as Domino spills her life story to an FBI agent (Lucy Liu). But the flashback is often incoherent and contradictory. Screenwriter Richard Kelly has called it a "fever dream" approach, which allowed him to take a lot of liberties with the timeframe and sequence of events. (The events that inspired this movie took place in the 1990s.)