Domino (2019 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBrian De Palma
Produced byMichel Schønnemann
Written byPetter Skavlan
Music byPino Donaggio
CinematographyJosé Luis Alcaine
Edited byBill Pankow
Distributed bySaban Films
Release date
  • May 31, 2019 (2019-05-31)
Running time
89 minutes
Box office$426,238[1]

Domino is a 2019 crime thriller film directed by Brian De Palma and starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Carice van Houten, and Guy Pearce. It tells the story of a Danish police officer who is seeking justice for the murder of his partner.

It was released on May 31, 2019, by Saban Films.[2]


In 2020, a Danish police officer Christian Toft (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) leaves his apartment, forgetting to take his gun with him. He borrows the gun from his partner Lars Hansen (Søren Malling). A Coptic Christian, Ezra Tarzi (Eriq Ebouaney), looking for vengeance against a terrorist, slits Lars' throat. It turns out that a CIA agent Joe Martin (Guy Pearce) made Ezra a double agent. Joined by Alex (Carice van Houten), another police officer who had been having a relationship with Lars for years, Christian seeks justice for the murder of Lars.



In 2017, Brian De Palma began to shoot Domino in Málaga,[3] and continued in Almería at the airport, the bullring and the port.[4] Walk-on extras were selected at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos.[5] Shooting in the Almería bullring was cut short due to problems with the number of extras required.[6] Christina Hendricks was replaced by Carice van Houten in the lead female role.[7] When shooting finished in Spain, De Palma moved on to continue in Denmark.[8]

Despite De Palma has denied rumours that the final cut, clocking in at 89 minutes, was shortened against his wishes (an erroneous original running time of 148 minutes has been cited by reviewers), he declared: "I was not involved in the ADR, the musical recording sessions, the final mix or the colour timing of the final print."[9] In an interview with he precised: "Domino is not my project, I did not write the script [...]. I had a lot of problems in financing [it]. I never experienced such a horrible movie set. A large part of our team has not even been paid yet by the Danish producers. [...] This was my first experience in Denmark and most likely my last."[10]


The film was released on May 31, 2019.[11]


Box office[edit]

Domino grossed $0 in North America and $426,238 in other territories.[1]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 32% based on 65 reviews, with an average rating of 4.28/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "A rote thriller whose few flourishes serve as bittersweet reminders of its director's glory days, Domino continues a streak of DePalma disappointments."[12] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 40 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[13]

Benjamin Lee of The Guardian gave the film 1 out of 5 stars, writing, "What's most frustrating about Domino is just how invisible De Palma has become, bringing a tired script to screen without any real panache or even effort, the work of a man who's seemingly given up."[14] David Fear of Rolling Stone gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars, describing it as "A messy, uneven, heavy-handed, occasionally inspired, often insipid, steroidally stylistic De Palma joint, but one that fits the description in enough fits and starts to warrant the claim."[15] Peter Sobcynzki of gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, writing, "This is not a great Brian De Palma film in the end, but its best moments will remind you of just how great he can be."[16]


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  2. ^ Nordine, Michael (April 4, 2019). "'Domino' Trailer: Brian De Palma Is Back With Another Violent Offering". IndieWire. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  3. ^ A. Gómez, Víctor (5 May 2017). "Brian de Palma y un Lannister, rodaje en Málaga". La Opinión de Málaga (in Spanish). Málaga. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  4. ^ EFE (19 June 2017). "Brian de Palma rodará el thriller «Domino» en Almería". ABC (in Spanish). Almería. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  5. ^ Cabrera, Miguel (19 June 2017). "Brian de Palma busca figurantes para el rodaje en Almería de 'Domino'". ABC (in Spanish). Almería. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  6. ^ Rodríguez, Marta; Barrios, Juan Antonio (11 July 2017). "Brian De Palma rueda ya en la Plaza de Toros". La Voz de Almería (in Spanish). Almería. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  7. ^ Rodríguez, Marta (18 July 2017). "El misterio del rodaje de 'Domino', de Brian de Palma". La Voz de Almería (in Spanish). Almería. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  8. ^ Martínez, D. (17 July 2017). "Brian de Palma abandona Almería y se lleva el rodaje de 'Domino' a Dinamarca". Diario de Almería (in Spanish). Almería. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  9. ^ Stevens, Brad (November 5, 2019). "Brian De Palma's Domino is a puzzle". Sight & Sound. British Film Institute. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  10. ^ Perez, Rodrigo (June 5, 2018). "Brian De Palma: Weinstein Horror Gets A Title; Disses Soderbergh & Calls 'Domino' A "Horrible Experience"". Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  11. ^ Colburn, Randall (April 4, 2019). "Brian De Palma hated making Domino, but here's a trailer for it anyway". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  12. ^ "Domino (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  13. ^ "Domino (2019)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  14. ^ Lee, Benjamin (May 29, 2019). "Domino review – atrocious thriller is new low for Brian De Palma". The Guardian. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  15. ^ Fear, David (May 29, 2019). "'Domino' Review: Cops, Terrorists and De Palma by Numbers". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  16. ^ Sobczynski, Peter (May 29, 2019). "Domino". Retrieved June 3, 2019.

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