“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.”

Director: Riley Stearns
Writers: Riley Stearns
Staring: Karen Gillan, Aaron Paul, Beulah Koale
Release Date: March 18, 2022 (Finland)

What an opening line to a trailer: “Hi, I am currently dying and I would like to schedule a consultation.”

So Dual (2022) is a science fiction comedy drama type of story where Sarah (Karen Gillan) must face off against a version of herself that she permitted to have made after she thought she was dying. Turns out the foreshadowing of death was a false alarm, so a dual to the death between the original Sarah and the clone Sarah is the only way to settle it. As the doctor said, can’t have two of them around, that’d be ridiculous.

Trent (Aaron Paul) trains Sarah in preparation for her fight, but he is trying to see if his client actually does want to live. Some witty banter about guns, knives, and identity theft blanketed with scalping insults all set the table for what is sure to be a meta commentary on killing one’s self. Maybe not in a literal sense (but this movie is framing it that way), but more so in a figurative sense. Having to kill your old habits when you need a new spark and take on life.

Dual is directed by Riley Stearns, who is still relatively new to the directing landscape. The movie that he previously directed that most people know is the Jesse Eisenberg dark comedy In The Dark Of Self-Defense (2019). Stearns is also writing his won scripts, whether they be his short films or his major motion pictures.

I mentioned above that I am a Karen Gillan fan. It dates back to when I first saw her in Doctor Who as Amy Pond. The only major motion pictures that Gillan has been in recently are the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, where I do strongly dislike her character of Nebula. In between she has the Jumanji franchise. I do recommend that people check out Gunpowder Milkshake (2021), which is just a fun action romp that tickles the fun buttons just right.

Aaron Paul is riding the television train for the most part revisiting Jesse Pinkman in Better Call Saul and the mystery that is West World season four. He is not a fixture in profitable or wide-released movies, so notching him in Dual makes a bit of sense.

Dual was released on April 15, 2022. I understand that I am late to the party, but the premise of this movie intrigues me and I am aboard the Karen Gillan bandwagon and will continue riding for as long as I can.


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