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KNUCKLEDUST (2020) Review

Dave reviews fight club thriller KNUCKLEDUST starring Vikings Moe Dunford. The film is available now.

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Knuckledust (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Synopsis

Police discover an elite fight club where they find seven underground levels, filled with the dead bodies of fighters from around the world. Only one man is found left alive. The task force has to work out if he’s a mass murderer or the lone survivor?

Knuckledust is set in a hyper stylised version of the world we live in, fusing neon dreams with bone breaking claret soaked fights, a graphic novel come to life. We have a brilliant international cast and I’m so excited to finally share this wild universe with the world”.

Knuckledust stars Moe Dunford (Vikings), Kate Dickie (The Witch), Camille Rowe (Now is Everything), Phil Davis (Face), Alex Ferns (Chernobyl), Olivier Richters (Black Widow), Jaime Winstone (Tomb Raider), Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones) and Sebastien Foucan (Casino Royale).

Review

Now any film that has a half decent fight scene will grab my attention and Knuckledust certainly has fight scenes aplenty.

When I first saw the trailer I thought this would be another gritty underground fighting film. Knuckledust is certainly a fighting film but in the same breath it is also a dark comedy, a good blend of comedy and action that had me gripped.

The film starts off a bit predictable with the fight scenes featuring the big overbearing bad guy taking over the fighting competition. The only answer is disgraced ex forces hero Hard Eight (Moe Dunford) with an epic fight on the cards. Although predictable in the grand scheme of things this film has more turns than a racetrack and will definitely have you second guessing yourself.

Hard Eight plays the perfect tough guy on a mission to overthrow the Club Knuckledust and those who run it, a special elite police unit are sent to take down the club headed up by Keaton (Kate Dickie) and lead in by Redmond (Jaime Winstone) and to call this unit similar to the Keystone Cops would be an understatement as plenty of goings on happens to make you laugh out loud with the perfect coupling of Hooper (Dave Bobby) and Maccready (James Kermack). The film takes you on a massive whirlwind comedy adventure as Hard Eight takes out Club Knuckledust, don’t want to give to much away but it’s definitely a ride full of one liners and right hooks.

A lot of the humour within the film is kind of on the childish side with fights with dildos and innuendo a plenty, but with me having a childish sense of humor I did have a good giggle. There are so many characters in the film which are perfectly cast.

Without giving any spoilers away the ending is probably the best ending to a film I’ve seen in a while where the story completely unfolds and re-explains everything you thought you knew about the story.

All in all it’s a good film I had fun watching with a strange twisting story with splashes of comedy which strangely works.

Verdict 

I give Knuckledust a 7/10 – a good film to put on when you’ve got the lads round for a few beers and a pizza doesn’t take a lot of thought and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Knuckledust will be released in the UK on VOD 11th December 2020


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