THE DUEL REVIEWED
“The Duel” is a fascinating Western. Basically, Woody Harrelson is playing a cult leader that has taken over a small town. Liam Hemsworth is a Texas Ranger that dares to bring him to justice. The problem is that the Ranger’s beloved has fallen under Harrelson’s charm. Given that the cult is butchering some Mexicans and continuing to amass followers, what’s a Ranger to do? If you said grab a rifle and knife…you’re on the right path.
Lionsgate Premiere has really been on the dude cinema warpath for the last year or so. Between “Blood Father”, “Imperium” and “The Duel”, it’s like the second coming of the late 1980s. While I’m not a huge fan of Liam Hemsworth and I’ve been enjoying better Westerns recently, this movie hits the right notes. It’s that same fear of the frontier that “Bone Tomahawk” made work so well on film. So many modern viewers overlook that aspect of Westerns when trying to delve back into the genre. In that way, I think the movie “Outland” nailed what works with the material. It’s not so much cowboys and junk. It’s more about what can you do when you’re stuck against crazy odds in the middle of nowhere.
- 2.39:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track