BLURAY REVIEW: 'DUAL' (2022) [RLJE FILMS]

Riley Stearns’ Dual is a sci-fi thriller that came about with a mixed crowd response after its initial festival release and since its wider release on AMC+ and VOD, it’s received an even more mixed reception. Dual is currently sitting at a 71% critic and 62% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, with our critic Dempsey Pillot giving the film a “half popcorn” rating in his review coverage. 

 

"A woman opts for a cloning procedure after she receives a terminal diagnosis but when she recovers her attempts to have her clone decommissioned fail, leading to a court-mandated duel to the death." - The Premise 

 

“From beginning to end, Dual’s execution fails because it meanders to the point where it falls too far off course from its pessimistic message. The result is a literally directionless mess with almost nothing to say - and even less to show for - that’ll leave audiences split for all the wrong reasons.” - Dempsey Pillot, Cinefied.com 

 

“Darkly shot and sinisterly silent, Dual is a spotlight performance for Karen Gillan, the once-upon-a-time companion of The Doctor. Dual is high on concept, exemplifying the best of sci-fi, but meanders too much as a narrative reducing the movie from a cool “What if'' to a shrugging “What could have been.” - Joe Kucharski, Cinefied.com 

 

Now available to own on physical, for those curious about the special features, Dual includes: 

 

  • The Making of DUAL 

  • Director Audio Commentary 

 

It’s always a good addition to have a small featurette surrounding the making of the film itself but what makes this release stand out among the majority of new releases is the director’s commentary. The film being as divisive as it is in its finale, a commentary could assist some with the reasoning behind Stearns’ writing and direction. 

 

Now available on physical media, Dual is rated R by the MPAA for violent content, some sexual content, language and graphic nudity, and sits at 93 minutes. 

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