Duke (III) (2018)
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Notable mention to the stylized directing, quick editing and powerful acting by Michael Bowen, James Gaudioso and Richard Roundtree.
DUKE follows Dare and Roost, brothers who grew up in a reformatory, fighting not only bullies but also the very people assigned to keep them safe. Now as adults, the brothers move to Los Angeles, where Dare moonlights as a police detective, while Roost lives in isolation, watching old John Wayne films, training to be a lawman, and dreaming of the day that he may join Dare out on the streets. The plot kicks into full gear when Dare discovers that an elusive local criminal, Winky, is back out on the streets and wreaking havoc on the community. Dare hits the streets to investigate, and we quickly discover that this will be the biggest case of his life. I won't spoil it too much.
With indie films, you never really know what you're going to get. Within a few minutes of watching the film, I felt at ease with the filmmakers, the Gaudioso Twins, behind the wheel. The production value, editing, performances, sound and music, are all well-executed, and the film uses its resources very wisely. If you get a chance to screen this film, I suggest doing so.
Dare patrols the neighborhood as a detective and attempts to keep out various criminal elements. When a cop killer named "Winkie" arrives in the neighborhood, Dare become obsessed with finding a man who appears to be a ghost.
The film was engaging up to the end which caused me to scratch my head. Seriously? That is how they wanted to end this film? Can I get an alternative ending?
The film is a crime drama with some violence. The acting was decent as was the tale up until the end.
Parental Guide: F-bomb, stripper nudity.