It’s sad to see a director at the bottom of his game.
Brian De Palma may not be everyone’s cup of tea — most of his post-“Mission: Impossible” flicks aren’t mine — but there’s no denying the guy who brought you “Sisters,” “Carrie,” “Scarface” and “The Untouchables” once had a seductively campy flair.
“Domino,” though, is the dregs: This thriller may be randomly set one year in the future, yet it’s hopelessly regressive — a parade of lame stereotypes that feels directed by an out-of-touch Old Hollywood old guy (De Palma is 78).
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime from “Game of Thrones”) is Christian, a Danish detective drawn into chasing an ISIS cell after his partner Lars (Søren Malling) is nearly killed by a knife-wielding assault suspect (Eriq Ebouaney) they’re in the process of arresting.
Christian is joined on his quest by fellow detective Alice (Carice van Houten, Melisandre from “GoT”), who was having an affair with Lars. They intersect with a glib CIA agent (Guy Pearce) who’s abducted and enlisted Lars’ assailant, off the books, to track down the sheik financing and filming terrorist attacks across Europe.
Hitchcock acolyte De Palma has his frequent collaborator, composer Pino Donaggio, score the film, and the result is a discordant mesh: a retro strings soundtrack against a hacky modern procedural plot.
His split-screen signature move is used to gratuitously violent effect in videos shot by the terrorists, while the Arab villains themselves are so cartoonish you wonder how any actor could agree to play them.
It’s got to be a jarring fall from grace for Coster-Waldau and van Houten to go from HBO glam to this dreck: Truly, the post-“GoT” career path is dark and full of terrors.
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