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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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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 | Armenian

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Chadwick Boseman stated in an interview that he based his accent he uses for the Marvel character Black Panther from a film he was working on where he played a man from South Africa. It is clear now that this is the film to which he was referring. 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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References The Limey (1999) See more »

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Solid revenge thriller
5 August 2017 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

The story is nothing really special. Guy comes to LA to look for his sister and he gets tangled in the mess that she was in. He uses his tough South African skills to punish people. Liam Neeson did it with great success, Chadwick Boseman does it too.

It was the acting that was pretty decent, though, as well as the portrait of the city as a corrupt place that feeds on hope and takes it all away. The "message from the king" is that you may have a lot of money and live in a big rich place and still be just as rotten as the most crime ridden places in Africa.

Bottom line: a linear and predictable story that only highlighted the good acting and subtle message on the background.


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