Tele 5 is always a good place to go if you’re in the mood for second-tier genre cinema. With “Knuckledust”, an action thriller is celebrating its free TV premiere there today, in which the police are faced with a big and bloody mystery.
If there is a broadcaster that supplies its viewers with proper genre goods on a weekly basis, then it must be Tele 5. The fact that these are mostly direct-to-DVD actioners is not a bad thing. On the contrary: these often work that even film lovers have not always had on their screens. Whether these are always worthwhile is another matter.
With “Knuckledust”, an action thriller is celebrating its free TV premiere on Tele 5 (from 10 p.m.) today, which basically sounds quite interesting. Because not only is the underground fight setting remotely reminiscent of David Fincher’s “Fight Club”. The premise of a bloody massacre that poses a lot of puzzles for the police also offers potential for a thoroughly exciting story. With an IMDB rating of 4.7 stars out of 10 and a critics average of 57% on Rotten Tomatoes, the recommendation for “Knuckledust” is rather cautious at this point.
If you don’t make it to the TV broadcast of “Knuckledust” tonight or would rather see the action thriller without commercial breaks and in the original sound, you can easily order the film on Blu-ray and DVD via Amazon.
That’s what “Knuckledust” is about
The riot police are stunned when they storm the elite underground fight club Knuckledust. Here the investigators can expect not only a massive arsenal of weapons and tons of cocaine but also countless corpses that have been spread across the so-called seven levels of hell. Including professional fighters, assassins, and thugs.
Only one battered man remains alive, though he’s barely breathing: Hard Eight (Moe Dunford). Chief Inspector Katherine Keaton (Kate Dickie) and her team now have ninety minutes to question Hard Eight and determine if the muscular man is the sole survivor or a mass murderer.
“Oldboy” with paint and leather?
Even if the reviews for “Knuckledust” are mostly average, most critics mention one scene that packs a punch: A gang of thugs, who are completely dressed in vinyl and leather gear, beat themselves extremely brutally through a hallway with dildo nunchakus. The scene seems like a twisted homage to the iconic corridor fight sequence from Oldboy.
Otherwise, what you get here is probably a fairly conventional mixture of 1980s action, martial arts brawl, and crime film, which always seems a bit cheap from a technical point of view, but only rarely turns ridiculous. This should also be due to the solid acting performance. “Vikings” star Moe Dunford, who embodies King Æthelwulf in the acclaimed historical series, apparently cuts a really good figure in the leading role here.
The fact that the plot itself isn’t as clever as it likes to pretend was probably to be expected given the starting point. Nevertheless, if you’re in the mood for B-Action again, you can definitely take a look at “Knuckledust” tonight. Even if it’s just for after-work sprinkling.