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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 look for his missing younger sister.

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 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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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After playing in festivals and small venues for a few years, Netflix decided to acquire the film. See more »

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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 memorable character
21 August 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a South African man, who goes to Los Angeles to find his sister who is missing. During his investigations, he learns by surprise that she has a stepson, and is involved in shady businesses before she is murdered. He sets out to hunt for the killer and seek revenge.

"Message from the King" may have a good plot, but I have to say that my enjoyment of the film is hindered by the strong accent of the lead character. There are times when I hardly can understand him, and I have to guess what he is saying. Other than that, his calm composure, quick reaction time and being street smart make him a memorable character. I wish the film more explicitly tells exactly who he is back in South Africa. Though there is a hint at the end, I am left hoping for more information on the background story.


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