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If you’ve been attempting to wrap your brain around the Dom Hemingway poster – released online a while back – then no worries, as the newly-released UK trailer is here to explain things (… sort of). The comedy/drama from writer-director Richard Shepard is headlined by Jude Law and his carefully-shaped facial hair, playing the eponymous character: a notorious safe-cracker, who spends 12 years in prison after he refuses to rat out his longtime (crime) boss to the authorities.
However, shortly after he finishes his sentence and collects his due reward for keeping his mouth shut, Dom ends up losing his “hard-earned cash” and being left penniless, blooded, wasted – and otherwise, down-trodden in emotional despair. As a result, Dom is soon back working on the streets of London, after he reconnects with his old partner. Meanwhile, Law as the crooked protagonist attempts to mend ties in his personal life, by reaching out and reconciling with his estranged daughter (who hasn’t seen him for over a decade).
Supporting cast members for Dom Hemingway include Richard E. Grant – recently seen playing Dr. Simeon/The Great Intelligence on the Doctor Who season 7 finale – in addition to Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Demian Bichir (The Heat), Kerry Condon (Rome) and young newcomer Jordan A. Nash. Shepard’s feature screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, but it failed to get anywhere near as much attention as 2013 awards season favorites like Gravity and 12 Years a Slave; nonetheless, pre-release word of mouth is pretty good at this stage.
Shepard’s film is described as being a success (by its TIFF admirers, anyway) thanks to Law’s dedicated performance (comically unhinged and menacing in equal measure), in addition to the script’s intelligent and biting take on the perversities found in – and the larger-than-life nature of – stories about working-class types (as explored through the criminal genre). The Dom Hemingway international trailer has an off-kilter crime comedy/thriller vibe similar to The Matador (starring Pierce Brosnan as an aging hitman who’s lost his mojo) – which also happens to be Shepard’s best-known movie to date.
It’s difficult to say yet how Dom Hemingway stands up alongside the acclaimed off-beat criminal character profiles (with cult followings) that’ve been released in recent years, by autuers like Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson) and/or Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), partly because the former seems to be more plot-driven than the comparable titles. Regardless, the trailer footage is enough to suggest that Law does indeed entertain as the unscrupulous Mr. Hemingway, so it should be interesting to see how the rest of the film around him turns out (good or bad).
Does Don Hemingway seem like an interesting variation on a crime/caper flick to you?
Dom Hemingway opens in U.K. theaters on November 15th, 2013.
The film will hit U.S. theaters on April 4th, 2014.
Source: Digital Spy