THE DUEL stars Liam Hemsworth as a Texas Ranger who investigates a series of murders in a small town led by a charismatic preacher played by Woody Harrelson. However, the routine undercover investigation soon turns personal for the ranger who must solve the case before he loses everything to the mysterious town.
Written and Executive Produced by Matt Cook.
Available to watch on Amazon, HULU, iTunes, and Vudu.
"ONE OF THE MOST AMBITIOUS (AND SATISFYING)
MOVIES OF 2016, A WILDLY ORIGINAL WESTERN
THAT DEFIES EXPECTATIONS AT ALL TURNS."
The following is an excerpt from Jim Hemphill's review of 'The Duel,'
"Some movies get by on the strength of one or two good ideas that are enough to propel them for two hours; The Duel, a Western written by Matt Cook (Triple 9) and directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here) has enough great premises for a half-dozen movies, and pulls them all together in one of the most ambitious films of 2016. It’s a remarkable piece of work in the way that it provides the archetypal satisfactions of a classic Western while also completely subverting the genre’s conventions – it’s old-fashioned in the best sense, yet also modern and wildly original. In this sense, The Duel stands alongside post-classical masterpieces of the genre like Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Eastwood’s Unforgiven, and Walter Hill’s The Long Riders; it shows how the iconography and attitudes of the Western – a genre that’s been repeatedly declared dead since the late 1960s – can still be used to speak to contemporary concerns, and it reaffirms the power of formalist filmmaking in an era when movies are less often directed than they are captured."