Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Blu-ray Review - Dom Hemingway

Dom Hemingway
Director: Richard Shepard
Starring: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke
Studio: 20th Century Fox Entertainment
Release Date: July 22nd, 2014
Retail: $27.99
Running Time: 93 minutes
Rating: R
Buy Link: Amazon


Available now on Blu-ray from Fox Searchlight Pictures is the dark comedy and crime drama, Dom Hemingway, directed by Richard Shepard and starring Jude Law in the title role. Special Features include: Who Is Dom Hemingway, The Story, The Look of Dom Hemingway, A Conversation with the Cast Director, Ping-Pong Loop and Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Richard Shepard.

Jude Law stars a Dom Hemingway, a safecracker with a short fuse, who has spent the last twelve-years in prison. While during his time away, his wife remarried and later died of cancer, and his daughter Evelyn (played by Emilia Clarke) grew up without a father. On the day of release, Dom has one thing on his mind - receiving what it is coming to him for not ratting out his boss, Ivan Fontaine (played by Demián Bichir).

With his one-handed best-friend, Dickie (played by Richard E. Grant), by his side, Dom heads to the French countryside to retrieve the £750,000 from Ivan, but Dom's lager-than-life ego gets the better of him, leaving him buried, bleeding and broke. The only choice he has is to crash at his estranged daughter's apartment, where he is shocked to learn that he is grandfather. Once he is able to stand on his own two feet, he is asked to leave, as Evelyn wants nothing to do with. Now desperate for cash and the love of his daughter, Dom will do anything to get a second chance.

Considering I had never heard of the film before, my expectations were a bit low for the film when I viewed it yesterday morning. With a raunchy opening scene in prison that mainly goes for shock value, Dom Hemingway throws all the rules out the window and stomps on them. While the plot is troubled, especially with the whole prodigal daughter storyline, Jude Law's over-the-top performance makes up for the shortcomings. Overall, Dom Hemingway is a entertaining crime comedy; a little bit misguided at times, but still worth watching.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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