THE DUEL (Theatrical Release USA 2016)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì

The Duel presents Liam Hemsworth in a western film that finally achieves and deserves its classification of western movie. Hemsworth has the presence, the look, and the strength to carry the western character role that has been lacking in Hollywood western productions for over twenty years. He has more Clint Eastwood ‘cool’ than Clint Eastwood, lets the John Wayne swagger go in favor of the more thoughtful approach, and achieves a male toughness that even Charles Bronson didn’t completely master. Hemsworth absolutely fits this genre while possessing the ability to easily transition into other multi-faceted roles. Looks like this actor is on his way with no need to ever look back. Terrific work by cinematographer Jules O’Loughlin. Above average level.

Storyline

During the late 1800s a Texas Ranger investigates a series of murders in a small Texas town.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Kieran Darcy Smith for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Jason Cloth, Matt Cook, Aaron L. Gilbert, Nathalie Marciano, and Brian Pitt for for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Abraham (Woody Harrelson), David Kingston (Liam Hemsworth), Marisol (Alice Braga), Isaac Brant (Emory Cohen), Naomi (Felicity Price), Governor Lawrence Sullivan Ross (William Sadler), Monte (Christopher James Baker), Dale (Christopher Berry), George (Benedict Samuel), and John (Giles Matthey).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s above average in Western entertainment with strong acting by Liam Hemsworth. Finally, a new western that works. Nothing soft here, but not so harsh that it is difficult to deal with. Real entertainment value packed into every scene. Hemsworth can be the new John Wayne/Clint Eastwood should he desire it. Great casting experiment that completely succeeded.

Ben Meyers

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