‘Dual’ Review: Downer Dark Comedy Imagines the Pros and Cons of Being Cloned

‘Dual’ Review: Downer Dark Comedy Imagines the Pros and Cons of Being Cloned
Turns out, it is easier to create a human clone than it is to destroy one. Or so goes writer-director Riley Stearns’ morbidly satirical, grimly absurd parallel version of the world as we know it. In “Dual,” for those who have themselves copied, then change their minds for whatever reason, just one course of action exists: The original and his or her clone must face off in a televised death match. Whichever party survives the duel can now carry on as the one and only, unique version of the dittoed individual.

If this sounds like a high-concept premise — or maybe just an elaborate excuse to deliver a high-concept pun — you don’t know the half of it. Stearns, whose demented 2019 comedy “The Art of Self Defense” doubled as a critique of modern masculinity, isn’t particularly interested in taking the idea in the adrenaline-rush direction audiences might expect. Nor should
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