In THE DOMESTICS (2018), the U.S. government spread a pathogen to kill its own citizenry, resulting in America’s collapse into warring gangs and a film that promises a cross between MAD MAX and THE PURGE. Amid the insanity, the Domestics are people who go on trying to live their old normal lives as best they can. Two of these people are Mark and Nina, about to divorce when apocalypse struck, and now taking a road trip across the Midwest to get Nina to her parents. Along the way, they encounter one crazy gang after another, resulting in Nina toughening up into a killer and Mark finally finding a way to rekindle their love.
It’s an okay, kind of fun movie that could have been great and really fun. Going into it, I was hoping it would strike me the way ZOMBIELAND DID, serious in the action sequences but light and humorous in the characterization, dialogue, and overall delivery. Nina (Kate Bosworth) is morose for most of the movie and in complete denial about the danger she’s in, making her a bit of a frustrating character. What would have grabbed me far more would have been if she was as tough as he was, and they bickered and fought the entire time they were battling the gangs. The result is pretty flat, with Mark and Nina encountering one gang of homicidal maniacs after another.
Overall, again, it was okay for me, but it was overall kind of flat, and it could have been amazing.