Karen Gillan plays double duty in a dry sci-fi black comedy that runs out of steam. Dual imagines a world where the terminally ill can replace themselves with clones. These doppelgängers, known as "doubles", learn to be you until the end. Then seamlessly take over your life so friends and relatives don't experience losing a loved one. You can probably guess where the hitch comes. Dual had me hooked until halfway through the second act. The film then loses its luster with a banal climax that sidesteps the unusual premise. Dual should have stuck to its duel guns and followed through on the established conflict.
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