Vengeance cannot be denied.
A Texas Ranger investigates a series of unexplained deaths in a town called Helena.
A Texas Ranger investigates a series of unexplained deaths in a town called Helena.
Woody Harrelson Liam Hemsworth Alice Braga Emory Cohen Felicity Price José Zúñiga William Sadler Raphael Sbarge Giles Matthey Christopher James Baker Christopher Berry Benedict Samuel David Born Lawrence Turner Jason Carter John McConnell Jimmy Lee Jr. Kim Hidalgo Doug Van Liew Josh Whites Kerry Cahill Heather Le Roy Hector Machado Kelly Bellini Gloria Sandoval Marlin Richardson Ashton Evers Jeremy Sande Matthew Frias Show All…
Duel, The, El duelo, 더 듀얼, By Way of Helena
There's a shot in The Duel where a plane contrail is visible in the sky behind Liam Hemsworth. I found this apparent anachronism more pleasant to contemplate than anything else in this silly, lugubrious film.
I found that a film with Woody and Liam is very nice to look at. I loved the scenery, the sets, it was really 'mood setting'. The shootouts were awesome, the final battle was amazing. Applauding the actors and actresses in this film as well as the crew.
Tension during a couple of the scenes really made this film worth while. Not to mention, like I said earlier, it was really nice to look at.
Would recommend only to certain types of film lovers. Not one to go on about unless you're in a bar of some sort drunk out of your mind and find that telling a story to something about the latest western you watched seems like a good idea. The plant isn't really phased by it though. Sorry to tell you. (my attempt at humor since this film didn't really make me laugh all that much)
Boring at best, really wanna see Woody Harrelson in a good movie again.
Woody Harrelson is keeping America great down the Rio Grande killing anyone who's not white and Christian. He's the one they call Preacher. A Texas Ranger goes to investigate this little weird bordertown. He has his own reasons to take on Woody. Woody, Alice Braga and even Liam Hemsworth give great performances but the film drags heavy ass! Despite everything it also has lots of brutal powerful moments. If the director would've shaved off 15 to 20 minutes this would've been a better movie.
In spite of a good cast, solid direction from Kieran Darcy-Smith, strong action beats, and impressive production values, The Duel ends up faltering due to Matt Cook's mediocre script that suffers from bland characters and a mostly uninteresting story.
It steps it up a bit in the third act, and the set and costume design is great; and the leads are pretty solid, but The Duel is a pretty dull movie with a story that wasn't very interesting, and characters you don't really care about. It's not bad, it's just quite mediocre.
A grim, violent Western with an otherworldly atmosphere as a Texas Ranger (Chris Hemsworth) investigates a creepy town run by a preacher (Woody Harrelson), who may be offering thrill seekers the chance to hunt down and kill Mexicans.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Woody Harrelson is a vision in this movie. Every scene he is in is menacing and I loved his performance in this movie.
Liam Hemsworth also holds his own in this film as a leading man, and plays this listless law man quite well.
I would give it four stars but I feel like this movie's third act doesn't quite match the first two.
They spend most of the movie making Woody's character out to be some Messianic cult figure, and you're ready for this movie to be quasi supernatural. Then the third act pops off and the twist is.... That Woody charges people to hunt Mexican immigrants.
While it excels at it's high points, only those infatuated with the Western genre will find value in this film, mainly due to it's meandering pacing and complete lack of grit outside of scenes that are inherently violent. That being said, the violent scenes are very well done, arguably perfectly done for a Western while maintaining an identity of it's own. Sadly, outside of these scenes (which make up probably around 30% of the movie), the film lacks staying power and will demand dedicated viewers to muscle through it's nearly two hour runtime to appreciate these great scenes.
Woody Harrelson convincingly plays yet another murderous psychopath, continuing to ruin Cheers re-runs for me.
The Duel had a lot going for it - looks great, convincing cast that all easily look like they belong in that era, a dark and unpleasant plot (the shoot outs are always deeply satisfying when the bad guys REALLY have it coming) and some themes that are disturbingly relevant today. Looks like I enjoyed it quite a bit more than you other letterboxers but I do have a penchant for Westerns and revenge flicks - here I got both!
I had a couple of nitpicks but nothing major. Trust me, if this was released 40 years ago and had Eastwood in the Hemsworth role, it would be considered a classic.
A pretty strange western. Liam Hemsworth is underwhelming in the lead, hero role. Woody Harrelson fares much better....but his character brings the weird to the party. I think the movie was trying for a Gangs of New York feel.....but it fails miserably. The grand finale is just plain dumb. Glad I got this one from my local library for free.
Now thats more like it!
Probably one of Liam Hemsworth's best performances, in this unique Western that is actually a crime thriller. Featuring mystery and detective work, I was actually quite interested with the film. Some people said it was boring, I actually enjoyed it. Really want Liam to be in more Western's now too.
Una película disfrutable, con buenas actuaciones aunque con algunos vacíos de guión. Woody Harrelson cumple con nota en un papel que se le da de miedo y un Liam aceptable, a pesar de que su personaje queda un tanto eclipsado por el antagonista.
Lo mejor, la banda sonora, muy al estilo Red Dead Redemption, y lo crudo y grotesco de algunas escenas.
Lo peor, ciertas partes de la trama están poco o nada desarrolladas.
Liam's Hemsworth is really good in this, except for the fact that his motivation is fueled by one of the worst characters put to the screen. Woody Harrelson is also pretty good, as always.
The plot of the movie isn't bad, but isn't anything spectacular. That also pretty much sums up the film as a whole.
Bei the Duell handelt es sich um einen Western welcher durch Andersartigkeit glänzt. Getrost hätte der Plot auch in der Gegenwart spielen können. Doch genau durch diese Verlagerung in das Texas des 19. Jahrhunderts erhält der Film eine gewisse Originalität .
Lima Hemsworth spielt einen Texasranger, welcher den Mörder seines Vaters trifft. Mancheinem mag seine Emotionslosigkeit bitter aufstoßen, doch bei genauerer Betrachtung fällt auf , dass hierdurch seine innere Bitterkeit ausgedrückt wird.Der Verlust seines Vaters machte ihn zu demaskiert er nun ist. Auch das Verhältnis zu seiner Frau kann durch Zurückhaltung überzeugen.
Der wahre Star ist jedoch Woody Harrelson als der Prediger. Ihm gelingt der Mix aus Diabolik und Sympathie. Er spricht beruhigend und wirkt gleichzeitig bedrohlich.
Von der Western…
A decent western starring Liam Hemsworth as Texas Ranger David Kingston. He is sent to investigate the disappearance of the neice of a Mexican general and the death of her brother. Turns out the movie takes inspiration from the book "A Most Dangerous Game" in that the Mexicans are being hunted by those who pay money to the local pastor/mayor who also happens to be the man who killed David's father. Interesting story but could be better.
This movie is *trying* to be a lot of things -- a takedown of predatory religion, a commentary on vigilante justice, a lesson on the historical relationship between Mexico and the US in Texas... but it doesn't do any of those things very well. These aspects all flit in and out of the picture inconsistently based on how convenient they are. What is Harrelson's religion he's preaching that keeps his town enthralled? I haven't the faintest idea, but, hey, they're snake handling, so you know it's bad! What does this movie think of vigilante justice? Who knows, it doesn't actually come up until the ham-fisted monologue at the end! How is racism intertwined with this narrative? Well, we'll never really…
A couple of scenes are really cool (The saloon shootout, the actual duel at the end), and the cinematography is really on point
It hasn't been too long that I was watching Bone Tomahawk, which was just brilliant. The Duel was made a little bit later and I was hoping to be blown away again. It is not quite what I expected, Liam Hemsworth is the Texas Ranger who goes on the hunt for a murderer of Mexicans. Things go awry when he learns that the main suspect is just the guy who killed his father 20 years earlier. Under an alias he goes to the town where this man now called The Preacher and apparently a Man of God resides. The movie does not really veer into a bloody horror movie but it gets dark very quickly and the story evidently builds…
Woody Harrelson learns the hard way not to mess with Texas.
I liked the end duel and that Maria Calderon saved the day, but everything else are borrowed pieces from other stories that make for a pretty uninteresting story, not to mention pretty grim too. Seems like this movie doesn’t know what it wants Woody to be and frankly I should have chosen a better western to watch...
Lot of things don't work in this movie, first of all the fact that everything you see throughout the film is taken from others. Something is interesting, like the role of Woody as a sect preacher, but everything is fucked up in pretty superficial way. Main actors choice seems inappropriate, and plot is so disappointing and granted.
Could be way better than this if it had a good director and writer.