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Message from the King (2016)

R | | Thriller | 4 August 2017 (USA)
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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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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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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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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A simple story with a solid script
7 August 2017 | by jasondagreySee all my reviews

A simple story with a solid script with action and twists. When Jacob King from South Africa does not hear from his sister in America. He decides to visit and uncovers a pit of lies and betrayal.

I enjoyed this cracker. I knew, where the story was going and then the story takes a side step. Which leaves you like mmmm OK and then your back to where you thought the story was going.

Now my issues, the accent was too strong or low. Which stopped certain scenes from connecting. Also I'm not going to lie a car chase scene and some one liners would have made it Fire. And the action needed more multi angles (point of view shots). But this would add 1000s to budget and editing time. Modern film making is control by numbers, like most products today. So, I am not disappointed and I cant wait for this teams next project.

Apart from that very good watch. Casting and performances were strong. If you like films like taken with a touch of born identity. Then this is the Netflix title for you. One the best crime action dramas on Netflix today.


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