‘Dom Hemingway’ starring Jude Law is a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. After twelve years in prison, he sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) looking to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Birchir). After a near death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking tosettle the ultimate debt.
As a man, Dom Hemingway is pure contradiction and Jude Law is the perfect person to play him. As the out-of-control ex-con, he delivers a brilliant ego driven performance. Dom sees himself as a hedonistic god and Law conveys his character with conviction. From the voluminous consumption of drugs and black out drunken events to unbelievably stupid bets to a wild nude scene, Dom swaggers and shouts profanities as he bulldozes his way through civilization.
But, it is emotional turmoil that bubbles to the top as Dom tries desperately to reconnect with his daughter. For example, one of the most heart wrenching scenes is when Dom lays on his ex-wife’s grave and professes his sense of loss and regret without her. It is at this moment, that you realize that he is a tragic soul who seeks self-gratification to bury old wounds.
It also seems fitting that the film is set in London’s East End. This notorious section has been explored as a den of crime, sexual deviance and human vice since the 17th Century. This gritty backdrop mirrors the less than stellar inhabitants of this area. One look at the clientele in the local club owned by a junior gangster, and you know that no good could come to those who dare to enter.
‘Dom Hemingway’ is a fast-paced movie that will have you rooting for the most unlikely bloke as he struggles to beat the odds. It is rated R with a running time of 93 minutes.