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'The Duel' is an overdone, over-the-top exercise in western violence

'The Duel' is an overdone, over-the-top exercise in western violence

Sometimes a movie just tries to do too much, and shoots itself in the foot. Such is the case with “The Duel,” directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith from Matt Cook’s script, which appeared on the 2009 Black List. The story is an intriguing twist on the western genre, but in piling on other subgenres and story elements, including a dangerous and charismatic cult, it dilutes the essential nature of what could have been a potent revenge tale.

Liam Hemsworth stars as David, a Texas Ranger dispatched to the secluded town of Helena to investigate a possible connection between flamboyant religious leader Abraham (Woody Harrelson) and a spate of scalped Mexican bodies...

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