Knuckledust (2020) Movie Review

Director: James Kermack

Writer: James Kermack (Screenplay)

Starring: Moe Dunford, Katie Dickie, Gethin Anthony, Sebastien Foucan, Chris Patrick Simpson, Phil Davis, Jamie Winstone

Plot: When a special police task force kick open the doors of elite underground fight den – Club Knuckledust, they find seven levels of hell, filled with the dead bodies of countless fighters, assassins and goons. Only one man, beaten to a pulp, barely breathing, is still alive: Hard Eight. With a shady Government official en route to take him away, Chief Inspector Katherine Keaton and her team have ninety minutes to interrogate Hard Eight to find out if is the lone survivor or a multiple murderer. With lies flying from everyone’s mouths and corruption becoming apparent, Keaton starts to wonder “Who is the real criminal?

Tagline – The brawl to end it all

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Knuckledust starts as we head into the elite underground fighting club known as Club Knuckledust, the woman are glamorous, while fighters look unstoppable, the rich clients get what they want, until the plan win for the prize fighter ends in bloodshed.

Chief Inspector Katherine Keaton (Dickie) leads the investigation into what happened in the club, where the bodies are piled up and one survivor, Hard Eight (Dunford). The police start to investigate his true identity, while trying to learn the truth about the club, whose reputation is for chopping up the losers of the fights.

Thoughts on Knuckledust

Thoughts – Knuckledust is a very busy movie, this is because we are going back through the events of the night in question, while also jumping around a lot of different characters, it can be difficult to keep on top of each character too, because of this sudden change, the narrator doesn’t have the story telling skills to pull us in or know everything that is being told either. The film does have a unique style that is desperate to become edgy than it ends up being, while pushing for a comical tone, which doesn’t seem to end up hitting on the levels the jokes want to. When it comes to the performances, nobody is bad in the film, while the lead doesn’t seem to make it to the main impact they would like too. We are let down by the lack of fighting, you would like to think you would see in an underground fight club, with the first entertaining one coming well over an hour into the film. This is all about the style over giving us a world you could see being real, which could give the person feeling to the obstacles the main character needs to overcome.

Final Thoughts Knuckledust is all style, not substance.


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