Get Duked Is Incredibly Dumb & Clunky

Get  Duked(Amazon Prime Video)

Starring  Viraj Juneja as DJ Beatroot,Lewis Gribben as Duncan MacDonald,Samuel Bottomley as Ian,Rian Gordon as Dean Gibson

Directed  by  Ninian Doff

Rating: * ½

It is very difficult to  appreciate  a   film that tries so hard to be funny and cocky, and is neither. Get  Duked is  one  of those funny-face freak show where everyone must be  laughing their  heads off while shooting.

 I  saw nothing  funny in the   fatuous  fable of four ethnically diverse  boy- pals  on a trekking expedition through the Scottish countryside that turns  unexpectedly  dangerous  when a couple  of kinky purists start  firing at them. You see,  these  are  the neo-racists  in Britain glibly replacing the Nazis of yore.

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And boy, what a  bore! I  understand  the  director’s dexterous  gravity-defying  game  of  switching  horror to comedy and  then again from comedy to horror. But the writing , to use a  mixed metaphor, is clearly  hazy. There are points  in the perverse pilgrimage where  I thought the proceedings would suddenly perk up. But no such luck.

Dull as ditch water Get Duked   gets you all puked. It is ham-fisted and  blissfully  disrespectful  of the British  institutions that foster  class distinction and race supremacy. The  four  young actors  playing the lead, one of them of  Indian origin, are filled with bounce and brio  expressing nothing that  we would  like to  remember  even moments after the  corny comedy is  snuffed  out.

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Midway , a bunch of  cops , hitherto focusing  on   a rice thief ,shift attention to  the  alleged terrorist who is firing randomly at  trekkers in the highland. It all adds up to a  super-dumb film with no head or tale. Just funny,  because the  director says so. The  Scottish accent is so thick the  actors need subtitles. It  is  the only way the goings-on may make some sense.


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