The movie is exclusively distributed by Solar Pictures and directed by Fabrice Du Welz (Alleluia fame), written & produced by Stephen Cornwell with writing partner, Oliver Butcher (Unknown fame). Stars are: Chadwick Boseman as Jacob King, Luke Evans as Wentworth, Alfred Molina as Preston, Teresa Palmer as Kelly and Natalie Martinez as Trish. With MTRCB Rating: R16 (restricted strictly for 16 years old and above) and it will run to 1 hour 42 minutes.
A mysterious outsider named Jacob King from South Africa arrives in Los Angeles to avenge his younger sister's death. When Jacob King (Chadwick Boseman) left South Africa for a week in America, his mission was simple. Find Bianca. Losing contact with his younger sister, fueled by regret over unresolved issues, found him in the pit of Los Angeles’ underbelly, immersed in a worst-case scenario. He had one week to find her, to save her from all she had become. However, he would find himself avenging the only thing left. Her memory. Grief, guilt and loss are merged in his search for identity. In a world of fractured souls, how do you discover yourself? How do you discover each other? Those human dynamics meshed into a revenge thriller. Remorse is a powerful motivator. It can transform the pursuit of justice to passionate vengeance in the blink of an eye.
In a sense the film also explores a longing, as much as loss, for family that can no longer be. King holds tightly to the tattered remains of his childhood siblings’ bond that left him as the sole keeper of the flame – another had perished. Reluctantly and cautiously, King unwraps that cherishes treasure to Kelly, Bianca’s friend. It is a bond that marks a vanishing bloodline, a surrogate little sister.
Inspired by the Neo-Noir thrillers of the 1970s. Specifically the director, writer and director wanted to capture the trademark of that era that informed the narratives of such films as Get Carter, Point Blank, the Dirty Harry franchise and Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns franchise known as theMan with No Name Trilogy (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, For A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More) – both franchises starred Clint Eastwood. They explored the conflict between values and the corruption of violence in society and usually at the expense of loners forced to compromise their better nature to survive in a nihilistic brutal world.
Brought back to the screen by the writer and the producer, such Award-winning contemporary classics as Whiplash (starred J.K. Collins), Nightcrawler (starred Oscar nom, Jake Gyllenhaal) and Drive (starred Oscar nom, Ryan Gosling), hopes to bend genre boundaries once again with Message from The King, a crime thriller, perceives as infused with melancholy. All of these movies have a sort of common thread in what is called, “artsploitation.” They have elements of an art-house movie, embedded in a good story you want to lean into and find out how can they possibly experience what they do before the end. What happened? Who had sex? What is part and parcel to making a really entertaining movie, but doesn’t insult the audience?
Chadwick Boseman (the Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War), who plays King, compares the film’s narrative to a “cowboy movie.” It is about a guy who is a fish out of water, trying to salvage his family. He comes into Dodge, which is Hollywood, to L.A. and finds the bad guys. But it’s not a straightforward shoot `emup movie. It’s a thriller but it’s really a psychological drama. A method actor, Boseman, who is a theater director-actor, decides to prepare for the role by traveling to South Africa and learn as much about King’s world as possible in a short window of time – one week. “It was about research,” confidesBoseman, “spending time in Cape Town, getting a sense of what it’s like to live there, to be from there, the townships, the different parts of the city, the night life, the police, the gangs.
Message From The King will be in Philippine cinema beginning September 20, 2017 in several cinemas nationwide. Follow Solar Pictures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @solarpicturesPH.