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Message from the King (2016)

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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Wentworth
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Preston
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Kelly
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Duc
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Zico
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Armand
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Scott
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Vrioni
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Boot
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Merrick
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Rice
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Piotr
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Trish
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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 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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10 May 2017 (France)  »

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King: Uma História de Vingança  »

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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

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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Hidden Among the Rags (of LA) comes a Beauty of Cinematic Excellence
6 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

This movie shows you what cinema should look like. This old craft of making movies with tempo, cinematography, editing and score is deprived of all imprints of judgement, opinion or the director's indulging in his pretentious personality as many directors strive to do these days; it seems that the director has nothing to prove but only the commitment to telling a beautiful masterful story filmed with excellence and craftsmanship. The goal here is to learn what real cinema is. Everything serves the story, everything is well balanced. It's an exercise in genre and a director's pure intentions to making only cinema. You don't get pitiful emotion or euphoric fake bliss you only marvel in excellence. No shot is overrated, no emotion is fake. This is a work of a master. And these days masters are found in Europe. It brought me back to my film school days when I was in awe with the great directors of past and how they can create a work of art without the excesses of today's cinematic work that is riddled with uselessness and has no soul or beauty. Mind you, this is not a masterpiece, far from it; rather this is a lesson of what true cinema is... Watch it and be in awe...


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