After spending 12 years in prison for keeping mouth shut, the larger-than-life, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway (Jude Lowe) sets off on a 3 day bender to make up for lost time. His devoted best friend, Dickie, (Richard E. Grant) joints the foul-mouthed, womanising Dom on a riotous ride of mayhem to claim his cash reward from the crime boss he didn't snitch on. Dickie tries to keep them out of trouble, but Dom's drug-fuelled ego and notorious short fuse lands them both in serious strife. Then Dom succumbs to lustful temptation and his cash is stolen, and all hell breaks loose as he rages revenge to get it back.
While its easy to see Jude Law as the charming yet mischeavious Alfie or as the respectable Watson he has a tendancy to follow up mild mannered characters with ones that rarely deserve the light of day. Such is it with Dom Hemingway, a man so morally reprehensible that he thinks everything should just fall at his lap.
The film follows Dom (Law) as he is released from prison and returns to the real world seeking what's his. When he was put away he lost his chance at a huge payday and now that he is out he wants back in but getting his hands on what he deserves might be a little harder than anticipated as he contemplates getting in touch with his long lost daughter Evelyn (Emilia Clarke).
The problem with the film is that Law gets so invested in the bad of Dom that he fails to express any good. This safe cracking baddie rarely feels justified in his actions, his attempts to reconnect with the innocent elements of his life ring untrue to Dom and to the film and because of it you can’t really like Dom something that may ruin the experience of the film.
However the film is full of witty one liners and funny performances, especially from Richard E Grant as Dom’s longtime friend Dickie. The film isn’t afraid to knock its characters down a peg and while Dom deserves it, making those moments oddly special, Dickie faces obstacles as well and Grant enjoys playing these moments.
Dom Hemingway isn’t the best person on the planet, he isn’t even a decent person but he is a uniquely watchable one and while the film does tend to push the boundaries of normalcy its fun to watch. However the film is a tale of an anti-hero but deep down there isn’t much of the hero in him at all