Knuckledust free download movie One thing about beat ’em up films is that they’re predictable: there’s a big gig involving illegal martial arts fights, people beat the snot out of each other, and the good guy goes home with the trophy.
Knuckledust by James Kermack is no different. The main character Hard Eight (Moe Dunford) is an ex-military fighter helping authorities bust an underground fight club, the villain Serena (Camille Rowe) is a sinister individual who watches fights for sadistic pleasure, and the remainder of the cast serve as cheesy filler until the next round of punches.
Knuckledust makes no secret that it is a ridiculous action movie, but the creators create fun despite the typical formula. It pays off during the first half of the film, but unfortunately, it loses track of its own pacing during the latter half.
Knuckledust is told in a non-linear form. The story frequently jumps from past to present, but it doesn’t get too disorienting. The present moment pits Hard Eight in an interrogation room. The film’s more serious moments arise as we learn of Hard Eight’s past and the obstacles he must face to bring down the underground fight club. However, in reverting to the past, Knuckledust throws in several well-placed humorous moments to keep the film from getting too monotonous, be it two assassins playing slaps or a SWAT team unable to break into a target house because someone forgot the battering ram.
Knuckledust also has a share of humane moments that keep the characters from becoming caricatures and stereotypes. At one point, Hard Eight is seated across from a deaf and mute henchman named Tombstone (Guillaume Delauney). As Tombstone’s associates speak ill of him literally behind his back, Hard Eight opens up a conversation in sign language, which Tombstone gladly accepts. This creates a thoughtful dimension to the protagonist while allowing us to bond with a smaller character in the film. Not exactly something we’d get from, say, a Sylvester Stallone or even a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie.