20th Century Studios just released the opening scene for “The Last Duel,” which tracks stars Matt Damon and Adam Driver as they prepare. From the trailer we understand that Matt Damon’s character must face off against Driver, who plays his squire, after Damon’s wife accuses him of rape.
Directed by Ridley Scott, and given his success with historical drama genre (“Gladiator”), there’s sure to be an intense amount of detail and design. The opening scene displays top-notch production and costume design, already transporting us to this medieval world.
The teaser offers us some clue as to how the story will unfold, starting with the titular battle and cutting back to prior events. I usually favor this method in television series, where there is more time to plan and map out the explanation. However, Scott’s method of storytelling, keeps the viewer fully immersed while they sit on top of their burning questions.
You can almost feel how frigid it is in the arena, as Driver and Damon respectively dress in their chainlink armor. The grey and blue undertones of the clip add to the grim feel and mystery of what actually happened. The knowing looks on the actor’s faces hints towards tragedy and makes us ask: who’s telling the truth?
We’ll find out soon as the film will release on October 15, 2021.