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Message from the King (2016)

A mysterious outsider from South Africa, named Jacob King, arrives in Los Angeles to avenge his younger sister's death.

Director:

Fabrice du Welz
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3,414 ( 246)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chadwick Boseman ... Jacob King
Luke Evans ... Wentworth
Alfred Molina ... Preston
Teresa Palmer ... Kelly
Arthur Darbinyan ... Duc
Lucan Melkonian ... Zico
Diego Josef ... Armand
James Jordan ... Scott
Roman Mitichyan ... Vrioni
Ava Kolker ... Boot
Drew Powell ... Merrick
Jonno Roberts ... Rice
Max Daniels ... Piotr
Natalie Martinez ... Trish
Chris Mulkey ... Leary
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Storyline

After suddenly losing all contact with his younger sister, Jacob King arrives in Los Angeles determined to track her down. Trying to piece together her last known movements, King finds unsettling evidence of a life gone off the rails - drugs, sex and secrets in the sleazy underbelly of the City of Angels. Undeterred by warnings to go home, King proves to be more than a match for the violence he is confronted with as he relentlessly pursues the truth about what happened to his sister.

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Genres:

Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence, grisly images, strong sexual content/nudity, language throughout and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | Belgium | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King: Uma História de Vingança See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Backup Media,Canal+,Ciné+ See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Star Chadwick Boseman's character Jacob King is from South Africa. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe Chadwick plays another character who hails from the African continent, T'Challa the ruler of the fictional nation Wakanda (Wa-kan-da). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Woman: [on voice message, crying] Jacob, it's Bianca. I'm in trouble. I need your help, please. I have something they want. Jacob, I don't know what to do. Please, call me.
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Average Crime Thriller
4 August 2017 | by dudedoodleedoo-80716See all my reviews

This crime thriller/revenge action film is a straightforward story about a guy from South Africa who comes to LA to find his sister, only to learn that she was viciously beaten and murdered. He spends the rest of the film tracking down her murderers and learning why she was killed. He's easy to sympathize with; you will care about this man and what he's going through. The plot is steady and things are slowly revealed, enough to keep your interest. There is not a big plot twist at the end like some reviews have (for some reason) hinted at. Quite a bit of violence, but nothing gratuitous; it makes sense within the plot.

In sum, this film has good acting, it's a decent story, and it has a plot steady enough to keep your attention. Perfect for Netflix and chill.


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