Dom Hemingway is a safe cracker who is released after 12 years in prison and he's out for revenge. We meet Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) in jail where he delivers an obscene and hilarious monologue about his member. He is soon released, and sets forth on a series of misadventures. He first beats up the man who married his wife while he was incarcerated, and then goes to France with his friend/criminal colleague Dickie who is played by Richard E. Grant.
Dom and Dickie pay a visit to Mr. Fontaine's (Demian Bechir) mansion so that Dom can be paid for keeping his mouth shut about a caper he pulled for Fontaine. Dom, alas, is incapable of keeping his mouth shut, insults Fontaine, and is almost killed on the spot. Dom then apologizes to Fontaine who decides to forgive him and the evening turns into a wild, boozy, coked out party. In a fit of madness, the men and three women hop into a car and drive to town. Dom, who is completely wasted, is the driver and they wreck the car killing Fontaine. Dom does something decent and save his "date" for the evening, Melody ( Kerry Condon.) After that, Dom realizes that he left 750,000 pounds in a bag at Fontaine's house. It has been stolen by the late tycoon's girlfriend. Dom is broke and angry.
Upon Dom's return to London, the movie becomes very episodic. He tries to make up with his daughter Evelyn (Emilia Clarke) a pub singer who is very resistant. Her mum died while Dom was in jail and she's still mad at her not so dear old dad.
Dom attempts a criminal comeback and makes a bet with a gang leader that he can break into the latter's fancy electronic safe. He does so but, naturally, there's no honor among thieves and Dom barely escapes with his life. This episode is played largely for laughs, as is much of the film.
A down on his luck Dom runs into the woman who stole his money and he, in turn, steals a massive diamond ring from her. His luck appears to be changing with his daughter as well. At the end of the film, Evelyn is starting to let her father back into her life because her son is fascinated with his long lost grandfather.
"Dom Hemingway" is an amusing and well-acted crime comedy. The dialogue is one of the best things about it as is Jude Law in a role that seems more suited to the late Bob Hoskins.
Best part of story, including ending:
It is what very funny and the dialogue was excellent.
Best scene in story:
Dom's meeting with Mr. Fontaine wherein he rants and insults one of the most dangerous men in Europe.
Opinion about the main character:
Dom Heimingway is violent and never knows when to shut up. He does, however, have a surprisingly tender side when it comes to his grand son.