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Message from the King (2016)

R | | Thriller | 4 August 2017 (USA)
A mysterious outsider named Jacob King from South Africa arrives in Los Angeles to avenge his younger sister's death.

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Jacob King
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Preston
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Kelly
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Duc
Lucan Melkonian ...
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Armand
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Scott
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Boot
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Merrick
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Leary
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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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Rated R for brutal violence, grisly images, strong sexual content/nudity, language throughout and some drug use | See all certifications »

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King: Uma História de Vingança  »

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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 »

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Wentworth: Dentists are for men what gynecologists are for women.
Wentworth: Once you have them wide open and your hand is inside them their sense of shame just drops away.
Wentworth: You become trusted with their confidences.
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Solid revenge thriller
5 August 2017 | by See 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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