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Duel

Canada 2008
produced by
Morgan Muscat for Moonlit Road Entertainment
directed by Josh Coulas, Matt Dorman
starring Andrew Udell, Reg Taylor, Luke Dorman, Sandy McMaster, Matthew McCrory, Jason Brown, Courtney Guest
written by Josh Coulas, Matt Dorman, music by Kyle Peters

short

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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As a child, Caleb (Luke Dorman) was traumatized when he had to witness his father (Reg Taylor) shooting his mother (Courtney Guest), then himself. Since then, Caleb has started to draw graphic novels excessively, creating a world he could feel safe in, a world he would hide in ever so often.

Now, Caleb (as a grownup played by Andrew Udell) has created a new character, Seth, a character closely resembling his father (and thus also played by Reg Taylor). And in a big shootout in a discotheque, he pretty much shoots everybody Caleb has come to know in his private graphic novel world. Only when it comes to killing Caleb, Seth realizes he has run out of bullets, allowing Caleb to grab a gun and kill him, thus exorcising his demon. That though is not enough for Caleb to find spiritual salvation - so he shoots himself, too, just like his father did. Only not in real life, just in his comicbook world, which he is then able to reenter as a free man ...

 

Interesting exercise that takes a standard thriller scene - a violent shootout in a club - and then peels away layer after layer of reality (or conceit, actually) to finally find the barebone truth, but without ever breaking the tension of the underlying situation. Of course, such a concept can't work for much more than ten minutes (especially since on closer inspection the whole backstory isn't all that original), but hey, the film is a mere ten minutes in length, which makes it work perfectly as a piece of entertainment with an intelligent afterthought.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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