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Dom Hemingway (2013)

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  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 2 April 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 93 min
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  • IMDb page: Dom Hemingway (2013)
  • Rate: 6.4/10 total 2,524 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 2 April 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Filming Location: London, England, UK
  • Director: Richard Shepard
  • Stars: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Rolfe Kent   
  • Soundtrack: Fire and Rain
  • Sound Mix: Dolby

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Richard Shepard 

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Plot: After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he's owed.  »

Story: After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he’s owed.

Synopsis

Synopsis: The first thing we hear is Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) asking, "Is my cock not exquisite?" He continues to praise his cock, saying outlandish things like it ought to win the first ever Nobel Peace Prize to be given to a cock, and that it could save starving children in third world countries. He then orgasms and tells the person giving him oral sex, sorry for not giving him a warning.

Chapter 1: 12 YEARS IS A LONG TIME

Dom is eating pudding in the prison cafeteria when a guard comes over to talk to him. He tells Dom to put his fork down but Dom insists on finishing his pudding. He relents and speaks to the guard. He tells Dom that the call he’s been waiting for has arrived. Dom smiles. He is released from prison, with the other inmates chanting his name and throwing toilet paper out the windows.

Dom spots two men standing outside a pub. He asks both of them where to find Sandy Butterfield (Nick Raggett). After he shoves one man’s drink out of his hand, the other man tells Dom that Sandy is still working at a garage. Dom goes to this garage and beats Sandy’s face in because he got with Dom’s wife while he was in prison. Sandy defends his actions because they had been divorced, but Dom continues to pound the guy’s face. When he’s done, he turns to two other guys and makes friendly talk with them.

Dom reunites with his former partner, Dickie Black (Richard E. Grant), in a pub. Dom pulls out a cigarette to smoke, but he’s told by the bartender and Dickie that smoking’s been banned. Regardless, he lights it up and gives Dickie one to smoke as well. Dickie tells Dom that their former employer, Mr. Ivan Anatoly Fontaine (Demian Bichir) has not forgotten that he owes Dom. Dom had worked for Fontaine as a safe-cracker and served 12 years for not testifying against him. Dom knows he’s missed a lot over the years, including a relationship with his daughter Evelyn (Emilia Clarke). In the corner of the pub are two girls, said by Dickie to be sent as gifts to Dom from Fontaine. An eager Dom scoops one of the ladies up and kisses the other. He announces to the pub, "No one call me for three days!"

The next day, a hungover Dom ventures with Dickie on a train to head south of France to meet with Fontaine. At the station, a heavyset man meets the two and says he was sent by Fontaine. He tells the two to follow him, and Dom makes him carry his luggage.

Chapter 2: A WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY AMONGST THIEVES

The thieves arrive at Fontaine’s villa. Dom’s eye is caught by Fontaine’s beautiful girlfriend Paolina (Madalina Ghenea). Dickie tells him to not look at her. They find Fontaine out hunting with his rifle. He asks Dom if he ever uses a gun for hunting. Dom says no, but only to hold up a place or threaten someone…or rob them…or pistol-whip them…or scare them, but never for hunting. Fontaine invites the two inside for a drink. He makes a comment about "Leftie" being right about Dom maintaining his vanity and wit, yet Dom has no idea who he’s talking about. Fontaine means Dickie, making Dom aware to Dickie’s left hand sporting a glove. It was shot off a while ago, but Dom just thought the glove was a fashion statement. Dom then starts to mock Fontaine, calling him "Ivana Anal-tolly", still enraged at being locked up for 12 years because of him. Fontaine never gets angry, but he warns Dom to not let him get rough. Dom calms down and leaves.

Dickie finds Dom storming off outside completely nude. He runs out to get him back, reprimanding him for speaking rudely to Fontaine, saying he’s lucky that he didn’t kill him right there. Dom feels like he shouldn’t be there, but Dickie convinces him to stay. Dickie adds that he’s not burying Dom out there because he’s "too fucking old and he didn’t bring the right shoes."

Dom and Dickie have dinner with Fontaine and Paolina. Fontaine treats the two to a musical performance by Paolina. As she sings, Fontaine tells Dom a story about how he viciously beat his best friend’s jaw, nearly completely destroying it, after the man accidentally hit a woman that Fontaine had interest in. He didn’t kill Dom for his behavior because he knew that he still owed him.

Chapter 3: GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT

Fontaine presents Dom with a quarter million pounds, plus another half million. Dom becomes excited and hugs the money.

Fontaine invites two women over to party and do coke with his guests, and everybody gets in the pool. One of the women, Melody (Kerry Condon), swims over to Dom. She compliments his chin, and he, in turn, compliments her breasts. Later, the whole party drives down the road. Dom stands up and shouts boastfully, right before the car collides with another car, throwing everybody out. Dom is unconscious, but he hears Paolina’s voice calling his name and saying "I want the money". He briefly has a fantasy of her in a sexy swimsuit emerging from the pool before he’s awoken by a thunderclap. Dom walks through the rain. He calls out for anybody. Fontaine walks by him, impaled by a piece of the car. He falls against the car, dead. Dom then finds Melody lying face down near a lake. He tries to resuscitate her and is able to revive her. She thanks Dom for saving his life and tells him good luck will come to him for this deed when he least expects it and most needs it. Dickie comes in and finds them. He says he saw Paolina heading down the road.

Dom and Dickie return to Fontaine’s home for Dom’s money. All Dom finds is a few pound notes put together in the shape of a heart. Dom then sees Paolina driving down the road, far away with the money. He runs through the woods to catch up to her, falling right in the middle of the road, inches to where she pulls up. Paolina rolls down the window, and Dom sees his money sitting in the passenger seat next to her. She asks him, "Do I strike you as the type of woman that wants to be poor?" She rolls the window back up and drives away, leaving Dom sitting in the road as the rain pours.

Dom shows up at Evelyn’s apartment, drinking from a bottle of whiskey and with his face messed up. All she can say is, "You’ve gotta be fucking kidding me," and Dom drops to the floor like a ton of bricks.

Chapter 4: FATHER OF THE YEAR

Dom wakes up to see Evelyn’s boyfriend Hugh (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), along with his father, brother, and son. Later, Hugh introduces Dom to his and Evelyn’s son, Jawara (Jordan Nash). Dom questions the name choice, which Hugh defends as it means "peace-loving". Dom jokes that his own name means "unlucky son of a bitch." Hugh tells Dom that Evelyn is mad at him and that she’s hurt by his absence. He adds that she will play music with him that evening at a club called Cargo so Dom can check them out. Dom does go see the performance, with Evelyn singing "Fisherman’s Blues". Dom is mesmerized by hearing his daughter singing.

Dom goes to Dickie’s home, lamenting that Evelyn wants nothing to do with him. He decides that he needs to seek employment from Lestor, Jr. (Jumayn Hunter), the son of Dom’s old nemesis. Dickie warns Dom that Lestor is worse than his father.

Dom finds Lestor jogging with his two goons. Lestor recognizes him and then punches him in the stomach. He hates Dom for killing his cat Bernard when Lestor was a boy. Even though they hate each other, Dom proposes that they do business. Although he doesn’t like the idea, Lestor gives him a challenge – Dom is to open a new electronic safe at Lestor’s club in under ten minutes, and if he is successful, Dom is to work for him. If Dom fails, Lestor will cut off Dom’s cock and use it as a doorstop. Dom agrees, and then gets punched in the gut again as payback for the cat.

Chapter 5: AND JUST LIKE THAT, OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

Dickie joins Dom as they go to Lestor’s club to crack the safe inside a wall. Dom takes a sledgehammer and smashes the wall up until he can see the wires around the safe, which he cuts off with a power saw. He grabs the safe and starts thrusting against it sexually, then throws it on the floor and beats it with the hammer until it finally opens. Dom feels triumphant, until Lestor tells him he only has 52 seconds left. He takes out a smaller safe from a box, revealing that to be the safe he wanted him to open. He forces Dom to drop his trousers so he can cut off his cock. At the last second, two safe security guards run into the room. Dickie smashes a small statue over Lestor’s head, and Dom hits his goons with the sledgehammer. They run like hell out of the club, and then split up.

Dom waits outside Cargo to find Evelyn after her band’s performance. She is still angry with him, stating that he could have served only two or three years if he struck a deal and testified against Fontaine, but he ended up missing his wife dying and most of Evelyn’s life. Dom tells her he is going to visit her mother’s grave the next day and that she should bring her son with her so they can go together. Evelyn tells him that she only ever wanted a real father, but instead got him. She turns her back and leaves.

Chapter 6: A MAN WITH NO OPTIONS SUDDENLY HAS ALL THE OPTIONS IN THE WORLD

The next morning, Dom is out on the streets when he spots Melody riding her motor scooter. He stops her and tells her that he hasn’t had any good luck since saving her. Melody asks him what it is that he really wants. Dom firmly states he wants his money back, then he realizes that he just wants Evelyn to talk to him. Melody tells him that by admitting this, the "pendulum of luck" will swing his way because love is what he makes of it.

Dom visits his wife’s grave, tearfully apologizing and feeling regretful for all the years he’s missed and for abandoning her and Evelyn. He looks up and sees Jawara next to him. He tells the boy this is his grandmother’s grave. Apparently, she wasn’t fond of colored people, but Dom thinks she would have loved him. He walks Jawara out of the cemetery to meet back up with Evelyn. Dom asks her if he can walk around with her and Jawara without having to say anything. She says not today, but he is welcome to take Jawara to school on Monday if he’s not too drunk the night before. They walk away, and Jawara waves to Dom. He waves back.

Dom walks away, still feeling a lack of closure, until he sees someone and a smile forms on his face. It’s Paolina walking into a restaurant with an older man. Dom follows them in and approaches their table. He greets Paolina, who claims to not know who he is. He leans in to place his hand on hers and whisper in her ear menacingly that he is the fucker who will gut her with a butter knife and dump her body in the river without anybody knowing. Paolina trembles in fear. He warns her not to say a word when he removes his hand or else he’ll do all of that. After all the heartbreaks and sadness, he feels that the pendulum of luck has finally swung back his way. He stands up, drinks her date’s wine, and then kisses her. He exits the restaurant and we see him holding something – Paolina’s diamond ring. Dom flicks it up and walks away with it, wearing a big victorious grin on his face.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • John Bernard known as co-producer
  • Ivan Dunleavy known as executive producer
  • Zygi Kamasa known as executive producer
  • Alainée Kent known as co-producer
  • Richard Mansell known as associate producer
  • Steve Norris known as executive producer
  • Nick O'Hagan known as producer (Co-Produced By)
  • Jeremy Thomas known as producer
  • Peter Watson known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jude Law known as Dom Hemingway
  • Luca Franzoni known as Dom's Prison Buddy
  • Richard Graham known as Prison Guard
  • George Sweeney known as Man Outside Pub
  • Mark Wingett known as Man Outside Pub 2
  • David Baukham known as Security Guard
  • Nick Raggett known as Sandy Butterfield
  • Simeon Moore known as Andrew
  • Richard E. Grant known as Dickie Black
  • Glenn Hirst known as Barman
  • Kaitana Taylor known as Girl at Bar
  • Colette Morrow known as Girl at Bar
  • Jeanie Gold known as Barmaid
  • Brenda Palmer known as Lady on Train
  • Philippe Pierrard known as Lardo
  • Madalina Diana Ghenea known as Paolina (as Madalina Ghenea)
  • Demian Bichir known as Mr. Fontaine
  • Kerry Condon known as Melody
  • Claire Viville known as Blond Party Girl
  • Emilia Clarke known as Evelyn
  • Nathan Stewart-Jarrett known as Hugh
  • Jordan A. Nash known as Jawara (as Jordan Nash)
  • Fams Camara known as Senegalese Friend
  • Omar Jallow known as Senegalese Friend
  • Aileen McNally known as Evelyn's Band
  • Moses Elliott known as Evelyn's Band
  • Robb Skipper known as Evelyn's Band
  • Joel Hodge known as Evelyn's Band
  • Jumayn Hunter known as Lestor
  • Brahim Shala known as Lestor's Goon
  • Earnesto Guthrie known as Lestor's Goon
  • Samio Olowu known as Lestor's Girl
  • Hayley-Marie Coppin known as Ping Pong Girl
  • Scott Goodall known as Safe Security Guard
  • Ray Sloane known as Safe Security Guard
  • Grant Russell known as Paolina's Date
  • Sara Al-Tahan known as Clubber (uncredited)
  • Hannah Blamires known as Clubber (uncredited)
  • Chris Cowlin known as Clubber (uncredited)
  • Michael Degnan known as Clubber (uncredited)
  • Simon DeSilva known as Convict (uncredited)
  • Gary Douglas known as Millwall Supporter (uncredited)
  • Larissa Jones known as Clubber (uncredited)
  • Terry Lee known as Clubber (uncredited)
  • Emma Lock known as Chinese Hostess (uncredited)
  • Teresa Mahoney known as Driver (uncredited)
  • Matthew C. Martino known as Nightclubber (uncredited)
  • Matthew David McCarthy known as Nightclubber (uncredited)
  • Stephen McDade known as Nightclubber (uncredited)
  • Ben Probert known as Raver #1 (uncredited)
  • Josh Reeve known as Raver (uncredited)
  • Deborah Rosan known as Actress (uncredited)
  • Ribbon Ross known as Clubber (uncredited)
  • Alex Scriven known as Nightclubber (uncredited)
  • Can Somer known as Nightclubber (uncredited)
  • Mark Stedman known as Club Crowd (uncredited)
  • Vic Waghorn known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Paula Ann Williams known as Clubber (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Kathryn Fa known as chief crowd hair and makeup supervisor
  • Soleil Jackson known as makeup artist
  • Samantha Kininmonth known as makeup trainee
  • Davina Lamont known as key makeup artist
  • Chris Lyons known as special effects teeth
  • Siobhán McGrath known as crowd makeup trainee
  • Jutta Russell known as crowd makeup artist
  • Wakana Yoshihara known as hair designer
  • Wakana Yoshihara known as makeup designer

Art Department:

  • Justin Ackroyd known as prop dresser driver
  • Faye Brinkworth known as set decoration assistant
  • Dan Crandon known as construction manager
  • Kevin Day known as stand-by props
  • Roberto DiCamillo known as buyer
  • Roddy Dolan known as dressing propsman
  • Andrew Forrest known as standby propman
  • Antonia Gibbs known as production buyer
  • Tone Gibbs known as storeman
  • Joanna Maeva known as carpenter
  • Craig Price known as property master
  • Mike Syson known as dressing propman
  • Sophie Tarver known as prop maker
  • Mark Wallis known as carpenter

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Recorded Picture Company (RPC)
  • BBC Films
  • Isle of Man Film
  • Pinewood Studios

Other Companies:

  • VooDooDog  titles
  • 4K London  digital imaging services
  • Codex Digital  digital recording equipment
  • Fatts  post production script services
  • HireWorks  post-production facilities
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency (uncredited)
  • Movie Lot, The  security
  • Panalux  lighting equipment by
  • Pinewood Studios  digital production services
  • Red Radish  catering
  • Salon  Avid HD editing equipment

Distributors:

  • Lionsgate (2013) (UK) (all media)
  • Transmission (2013) (Australia) (all media)
  • DT Production (2013) (Russia) (all media)
  • Swen Entertainment (2013) (Brazil) (all media)
  • United King Films (2013) (Israel) (all media)
  • Mis. Label (2013) (Sweden) (all media)
  • KT&G (2013) (South Korea) (all media)
  • CatchPlay (2013) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • AQS (2013) (Czech Republic) (all media)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2013) (Hungary) (all media)
  • Cinemania Group (2013) (Yugoslavia) (all media)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2013) (Romania) (all media)
  • 20th Century Fox (2014) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • Big Bang Media (2013) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2013) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2014) (Australia) (DVD)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • One Of Us (visual effects by)

Visual Effects by:

  • Fiorenza Bagnariol known as digital film bureau
  • Jorge Canada Escorihuela known as compositor: One of Us
  • Tom Debenham known as visual effects supervisor
  • Chaya Feiner known as visual effects producer: One of Us
  • Timothy P. Jones known as laser recording
  • Jeanette Monero known as digital artist: One of Us
  • Dominic Parker known as visual effects supervisor
  • Rachael Penfold known as visual effects executive producer: One of Us
  • Mike Pope known as digital artist: One of Us
  • Lewis Saunders known as digital compositor: One of Us
  • Abigail Scollay known as digital compositor: One of Us
  • Cristina Vozian known as digital artist: One of Us
  • Samuel John Joseph Walsh known as vfx artist: One of Us (uncredited)

MPAA: Rated R for sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, some violence and drug use

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. Sugith Varughese from Canada
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    A disorienting and ultimately disarming movie about a brutal Cockneyex-con with Jude Law playing a part Bob Hoskins would have played 25years ago. With slicked back, receding hair and mutton chops, Lawacquits himself very convincingly as a profane, poetic thug. Just sawthis film at the Toronto International Film Festival and it's veryentertaining, edgy and often gripping, with a satisfyingly soft heart,given all the criminality portrayed. Props to Richard E. Grant as hiswiser sidekick and the rest of a wholly believable cast, most of whom Idon't recognize. Dom is a character akin to the crazed gangster playedby Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast and you can see why Law would relish thispart. And he attacks it with relish, bravado and just enoughvulnerability to actually make this brute likable. You end up rootingfor him due not only to story circumstances, but his basic humanitydespite his despicable behaviour. I don't know if real Cockneygangsters would buy Law in the part, but I did. Worth seeing.

  2. Beju Lakhani from Canada
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    I just saw the gala premier at TIFF and overall, I enjoyed the film.The acting was terrific, with Jude Law playing Dom Hemingway in thelead. The first few minutes of the movie had me wondering what I hadgotten myself into, as it really starts off with a bang (or a blow,perhaps). That feeling of not quite knowing what I was watching stayedwith me for a bit, as the movie is vulgar, violent, funny, and awkward,sometimes all at once. In the end, I liked I really liked it and foundmyself rooting for Dom despite having a bunch of reasons not to. It'sworth watching for the terrific acting, and the moments between Dom andDickie when things get tense are great.

  3. willwri14 from Gold Coast, Australia
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    "A man with no options suddenly has all the options in the world", saysthe chain-smoking, whiskey-muddled, and articulate but filthy DomHemingway. Proclaimed the greatest safe-cracker of the ages, DomHemingway (Jude Law, Closer) is back on the streets after twelve yearsof solitude (twelve years is a running theme of 2013, it seems). Hisdaughter grown up, his partner without his left hand, and in dire needof his earnings, he pursues his criminal associates (a twirly moustacheFrenchman, surprise) in search of his deserved reward. Verbose andfoul, Dom is a walking thesaurus, a drunken Shakespearean, using morewords in a sentence than one should in a lifetime – for example, theopening sequence is a two-and-a-half minute monologue about his cock.That about sums up Dom Hemingway, an enjoyable albeit shallow darkcomedy.

    A watered down Bronson, a film of similar premise, Dom Hemingway isdelightfully dark, similar to his psyche – he is disgusting, filthy,violent and loud, but he retains an iota of charm, one of the fewthings dragging the film along. Bearing numerous similarities to Refn'sprisoner character study, Dom Hemingway is truly a visual feast: thepumping nightlife of downtown London is full of colour and life. Thescreen is constantly full of greens and yellows, reds and pinks – itisn't dull to look at. While it isn't as intrusive and cerebral asRefn's terrifying glimpse into the mind of a madman, Dom Hemingway andBronson share two familiar traits: a strong cockney accent and a loudmouth.

    While they may retain similarities, they are largely superficial – Imust apologise for my comparison of the two, they are different films,but it fluently highlights Dom Hemingway's numerous flaws. Dom'scharisma simply doesn't compare to that of Bronson's, from the way hecarries himself to the way he walks through the streets and alleys.While the loud and ostentatious Bronson was an addict to attention, Domslinks into the shadows the way he slinks into a chair; sleazy andslouched. When opportune, he indulges in delightful monologue,Shakespearean in his formidable vocabulary, but it all tastes a slightbit overdone. The script, like Hemingway himself, is largelyself-indulgent and masturbatory, and is surely tiresome.

    Ignoring the occasionally obnoxious monologue, Dom powerfully commandsthe screen, even if his persona is quite the opposite. Separated fromhis cigarettes and whiskey for twelve years, he takes great pleasure inhis intoxicated over-indulgement. For example, over three days Domcompensates for twelve years of seclusion with alcohol, drugs andprostitutes – but it doesn't really work, he just ends up very hungoverindeed. Such is the life of Dom Hemingway, fuelled by toxicants andgreed, when there really are better things to do – reconnect with hislong-since abandoned daughter perhaps. Dom's antithesis, his daughterEvelyn (Emelia Clarke, Game of Thrones), is a force to be reckonedwith; the opposite of her father's boisterous exterior, she is insteadquiet and passive. Contrasting the pounding nightclubs of London, shesings in a country club, her voice soft and soothing compared to herfather's loose and loud tongue.

    Unfortunately, Dom Hemingway has little punch. The first act isincredibly enjoyable, but act by act, its quality subsides. Fast pacedexposition, into an extremely average midpoint, into an abysmal climax(I must admit I enjoyed the final scene), it grew less and lessentertaining. Dom Hemingway forgot what it set out to be – itsfoul-mouthed, violent charm was abducted and replaced by acrowd-pleasing father-daughter subplot. It was unnecessary, contrived,and clichéd. The obnoxious American's shoehorned exposition wassimilarly sloppy, revealing the (already obvious) moral of the story inlast-minute exposition – it became extremely unnecessary andartificial.

    Jude Law performs excellently, as does the majority of the cast, yetHemingway's left-hand-less right-hand man Dickie (Richard E. Grant, TheCorpse Bride) completely steals the show, injecting wit and energy intoevery scene, contrasting Hemingway's rambunctious bluntness.Unfortunately, it isn't enough to elevate Dom Hemingway's paradoxicallyundercooked-while-overcooked dialogue. With an over-emphasis onHemingway's verbose monologue and an under-emphasis on every else, DomHemingway is a superficial, attractive, generally fun film with littledepth – I'm sure no one would be bothered if they saw this as a rental,but I wouldn't suggest going out of your way for it.

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  4. Daniel B from Hungary
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    Dom Hemingway is trying to add something new to the heritage of thegreat gangster-comedies of Guy Ritchie and Martin McDonagh, but it'strying too hard, and eventually it fails. Every scene is trying to bemore bizarre and shocking than the last one, but they're rarely funny.The dialogues want to be witty and to be remembered, but actuallythey're just over-the-top curses and insults by the characters. DomHemingway (played amazingly by Jude Law) is not a hero, but also not ananti-hero: he's just a pathetic man who's getting drunk and high forthe most part of the movie. They're waiting too long to add somedramatic depth to his character.

    It has a couple of funny moments, but this movie is just too forced tobe naturally funny. If you want to watch a film with a similar mood,but done better, I would recommend Filth for you.

  5. ArT_of_InSaNiTy from United Kingdom
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    As soon as the film started and Dom (Jude Law) begins a near 2 minutelong speech proudly stating his admiration for a certain part of hisanatomy, there was only one thing running through my mind; This isincredibly similar Tom Hardy's role as Bronson in the 2008 film; awatered down one.

    The accent, the pronunciation and overall persona from Dom Hemingwayjust screams Bronson. If you haven't seen Bronson then you won't beable to associate it as easily and probably will enjoy the charactermore. I don't bring it up to in any way discourage Jude Law'sperformance; it is a great portrayal of a banged up Londoner who's outfor financial retribution. A role you really can't associate with JudeLaw and he does it justice on so many levels. It's not him that's theproblem, it's the character. Not just the Bronson comparison, but theconstant ranting throughout the film; full of synonyms and thesauruslike tirades. It becomes very repetitive.

    There are some really funny moments, but like with the rest of the filmthe comedy starts to become slightly tedious. It is Dickie (Richard EGrant) who produces a lot of the witty comedy; he is funny throughout.

    Still, a fairly good film with some good performances, violence,comedy, and a story of a hopeful father/daughter reconciliation to addto that.

  6. The Movie Vlog (jcb5781@gmail.com) from Canada
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    Admittedly there's not much to this film outside of Jude Law's force ofnature performance, he's a filthy, foul mouthed monolith of vulgarityand nastiness, and a joy to watch, it's a true revelation of a turn forthe actor, breaking his posh, pretty boy image to pieces and gobbing onthose pieces. Sure there's not much to the script or story, which arethreadbare and under nourishing, plus Richard E Grant is somewhatwasted despite being rather wonderful, and there are many coincidentalcontrivances that sully the film a bit towards the end, but enjoy itfor Law, for the stylish, off kilter approach to the British gangstermovie genre, for the many gloriously profane monologues and the generalfun depravity of the thing, plus it gets extra points for beingsurprisingly moving come the third act, which does not seem remotelylikely given the first two thirds. A solid cult movie in the making.

  7. reelscreenreviews from United States
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    Jude Law brings to life one of the most original and memorablecharacters that I have ever met in a movie. Hello there and welcome toanother review from the Toronto International Film Festival 2013, I ammovie critic Nick Iacobucci for We Live Film and our next movie reviewis for "Dom Hemingway". This crime dramedy is set to open in limitedrelease in November 2013, and scheduled for more of a wide push in thespring of 2014. "Dom Hemingway" stars Jude Law in the title role ofDom, and joining him on screen are Richard E. Grant, Emilia Clarke, andDemian Bichir. "Dom Hemingway" comes to us from the very talentedwriter and director Richard Shepard, and he is the previous filmmakerof "The Matador" with Pierce Brosnan & Greg Kinnear. Mr. Shepard nowchallenges both his pen and his filmmaking style, and does his creationof Jude Law's Dom go too far or is it right on the money.

    This tale tells of a man named…you guessed it Dom Hemingway. Dom isjust getting finished serving a 12 year sentence in prison, and he islooking the money that is due him. Dom is a professional safe-crackerand upon getting out re-teams with his close friend named Dickieportrayed by Richard E. Grant, and together they will be paying a visitto their boss Mr. Fontaine. Drugs, booze, and immaturity seem to keepDom off of the path of the straight and narrow, and will he be able tofend off hookers, gangsters, and the high-life? Well people there arechallenging performances, there are risky performances, and there arebold performances…and then there is the performance of Jude Law as DomHemingway. From the film's opening paragraphs Dom annihilates dignityand respect, and simply shoves himself down the throats of the viewingaudience. This is without question one of the gutsiest roles that Ihave seen in quite some time, and with some brilliant spoken dialogueJude Law delivers a tour-de-force portrayal of one of the most likablescumbags in the history of cinema. I will not even insult Law bycomparing his creation to anything else. Dom Hemingway isn't like thisperson from this movie or that person from that movie, and that'sbecause Don Hemingway is 100% original.

    This brings me to the wonderful Richard E. Grant who shines very brightin this feature. He is the balance and contrast to the ridiculous andoutrageous behavior of Jude law. Throughout this movie Richard Granthas the absolute best facial expressions and reactions that you couldpossibly ask for, and he will have you laughing many times in thismovie without even saying a word.

    Now you must give credit where credit is due, and we wouldn't have astory, dialogue, or personalities without writer and director RichardShepard. This man has committed to paper the best dialogue that I haveever heard that was not written by Quentin Tarantino or Aaron Sorkin,and the way that he can generate moments of sincerity in "DomHemingway" is just baffling. Shepard's real talent lies in the factthat he creates real people first, and then surrounds those realcharacters into a solid story. This director's choices of art, music,slow motion techniques, and many other things are perfect accoutrementsto this world given us, and I can't wait to see what writer/directorRichard Shepard will give us next.

    My honest opinion in describing this film would have me calling it likebeing shot out of a gun for about an hour and a half, and the pacing of"Dom Hemingway" very much reminded me of Doug Limon's overlooked gem"GO!" For as outrageous and messed up as this film is Shepard neveroverlooks the golden rule of filmmaking, and in turn creates a solidlyentertaining film that is just fun to be a part of. "Dom Hemingway"will actually take at least 3 viewings just to get all of its wit, andon top of everything Shepard creates a quality looking film.

    Now there are a couple of things that I must address and they reallyaren't anything negative. The first is that Dom is an absolute 100%scumbucket, and it is safe to say that not all people are going to likeor appreciate him. Dom is a relentless, vulgar, womanizing, violent,drug abusing criminal, and he will not sit as well with others as hedoes with myself. The best example that I can think of is Vincent &Jules from "Pulp Fiction". These 2 individuals are less than admirablein almost every aspect of humanity, but somehow you love these 2 guys.Next I hope that I have not built this movie up too much for people,and in turn set their expectations through the roof on this one. I justloved this movie, and I hope that other enjoy it as much as I do.

    At Just over 1 hour and 30 minutes "Dom Hemingway" was not only myfavorite film of the entire festival, but it is without question one ofmy new all-time favorite films. The biggest issue that I have with thismovie is that it will not be released until next April 2014, and itwon't be on DVD until about a year from now. When this film becomesavailable for purchase I can say with absolute certainty that I willrepeatedly watch this one until I have major portions of the dialoguememorized, and I will put this one right up there with "The UsualSuspects" & "Reservoir Dogs" when it comes to being re-watchable. Ihave always been a fan of Jude Law and I have always respected him asan actor, but now I think that he is an acting flipping God! Nick'sReel Screen Review is a perfect 4 stars out of 4, and that's for therisky, challenging, and precarious "Dom Hemingway".

  8. Dave Allen from United States
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    certain ladies may enjoy the films of Jude Law. He certainly is afairly decent actor and generally appears in films that appeal toladies of a certain disposition. Nothing wrong with that. And he has apleasant manner that also appeals to the gentlemen too. All well andgood. So it was with little trepidation that I decided to watch thebe-chopped actor in his latest attempt to regain his oft falteringacting credentials. It was no small disappointment and was easily awatchable film even considering the liberties he and or the directorhave taken with a certain London accent better exemplified by SirMister Lord Upminster Ian Dury and the Sexy Beast character of thebe-knighted Ben Kingsley. Unfortunately all of this rung hollow fromthe wattled throat of the aforementioned Mr Law. As others have notedit is a film with characters one cares for less with the passing oftime and a plot that is entirely un- memorable. Kudos to Richard Grantfor staying the course. But in actually considering this cartooncharacter Law cooked up one has to say . . . shallow, unconvincing andunremarkable. Kingsley used the accent to project real menace. Dury,was the authentic voice of a Londoner, an East Ender that usedinvective to poetical effect. Here it is just more shouty invectivefrom a cosseted actor who has little or no connection to his characterother than some kitsch facial hair. There are worse films out there butas far as the Brit gangster oeuvre goes this is minor fair, straight toDVD pap.

  9. johntheholder from Greece
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    Its really a blended film , dense with meanings and mainly mockeries ofthe bizarre world we live in. And thats where the comedy lies. Don'ttry to find " funny scenes" or lines. This is a complex film , thatworks out great as a whole. Richard Shepard basically mockscontemporary life with his irony , something familiar with his line ofwork in general as a writer/director. And i personally enjoy it , whenits witty and not banal, not too obvious. And it certainly isn't thatobvious here , which justifies why so many people misjudged it in aridiculous 6.5 rating.

    Jude Law's performance is spectacular. I mean … what was that ???Immense nerve ,great adjustment into the psychology of the unluckydramatic criminal whose daughter hates him.

    I guess you can claim it is a character driven film , but do considerits not just that.

    And i guess thats what a contemporary film really is. It is complex andintricate , because there are so many predecessors , and life today isso weird in complex ways , you need to portray some of it , if you wantto produce current auras.

    Thats what its all about. And it succeeds it with great, real dialog ,great acting , good plot development and solid direction andphotography.

    I feel sorry for people who saw this and said " shallow story " or

    that it copies Guy Richie or a 2008 film Bronson.

    Stop taking things for granted , erase your prejudice , be aware thatthere certainly is obscene language and scenes , although not way farout , unless you're a nun or an ultra conservative in which case avoidthis film.

    Otherwise , go watch it and judge for yourself. – 8/10

  10. j-madej from Amsterdam
    07 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    I think its been a long time since I saw Jude Law in a role which hehad to emotionally and physically transform to such extent. "DonHemingway" is that role. Dom Hemingway (Jude Law), a larger-than-lifesafe cracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous.After twelve years in prison, he sets off with his partner in crimeDickie (Richard E. Grant) looking to collect what he's owed for keepinghis mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir).After a near death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with hisestranged daughter, but is soon drawn back into the only world heknows, looking to settle the ultimate debt. The style of this movie isbetween violent realism of Guy Ritchie and stylized over the top WesAnderson. The fact is that this film is mainly based upon the veryvivid performance of Jude Law. Watching "Don Hemingway" reminded me ofanother movie about a convict "Bronson". The performances in bothmovies were really strong. As Hemingway Law does not only changes hisappearance but also showcases the combination of rage of a man who wasin prison for 12 years but also the individual on a breaking point indesperate need of love from his daughter he does not really know. Apartof his performance to me a big highlight of this movie was a supportingrole of a new Romanian overwhelmingly gorgeous actress Madalina DianaGhenea every time she is on the screen the frame is being illuminatedwith her beauty. Sadly we don't see her as much as we would want. Inreality "Dom Hemingway" is a dark comedy with elements of drama goingeven in to melodrama. Writer/Director Richard Shepard did not reinventthe wheel making this film in terms of story but the elements he usedhave his stylistic blue print which works narratively really well. Eventhought style of this film is inspired by other filmmakers like GuyRitchie. Once again this is mainly Jude Law's film yet there are moreinteresting performances in supporting cast in Richard E. Grant whoplays his sidekick, companion and admirer and many others undevelopedcharacters. All in all "Dom Hemingway" is worth to see mainly for Law'sperformance if nothing else, however there is more to it then only astrong lead role.

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