The Duel
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The Duel (2016)

The Duel
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A Texas Ranger investigates a series of unexplained deaths in a town called Helena.

Release Date:June 24, 2016
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MPAA Rating:PG-13
Genres:Western, Drama
Director:Kieran Darcy-Smith
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Plot Keywords:hunting human beings, murder
  • The Most Dangerous Game as a business
    October 2, 2016
    A number of citizens of Mexican origins are disappearing and the bodies, some of them, have been found floating in the Rio Grande. A Mexican general played by Jose Zuniga is threatening to do a Pancho Villa and cross the border as his niece is one of the missing. That prompts the Governor of Texas to dispatch one of his best Texas Rangers, Liam Hemsworth to a remote region to investigate a town called Helena.
    A former Confederate colonel Woody Harrelson is a Reverend Jim Jones like character who holds sway there. Hemsworth has his work cut out for them, more than he could ever conceive.
    There are certainly elements of The Most Dangerous Game here, but add to that the cult like devotion that Harrelson enjoys. Plus he's making good money for himself and the town of Helena with his most dangerous game. He's opened it up as a business, it's clear that the Mexicans are substitutes for black people as I'm sure the word is out to avoid the area and Mexicans are plentiful across the river.
    None of the drama in that original Most Dangerous Game is present here. Harrelson is a compelling figure, Australian Hemsworth is convincing as a Texan.
    The whole thing falls way short of a classic and even as a western, most western fans will find this way to weird.