‘Message From the King’ Trailer: Prepare to Be Taken With Chadwick Boseman
Message From the King debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, where it was scooped up by Netflix for release. Now Netflix has put together its own trailer for the film, starring Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman, which you can watch above. And it is punch-tastic.
The clip makes it look like a variant of the Taken formula, with a ruthlessly efficient man with a particular set of skills on a very personal mission of familial revenge. Here’s a pretty detailed synopsis from the TIFF site:
Jacob King (Boseman) is a stranger in a strange land. Rather than basking in the fabled radiance of the City of Angels he drifts, Dante-like, through a sprawling, infernal cityscape of fiercely territorial tribalism and dog-eat-dog savagery. His sister has been killed. He wants answers. And he wants blood. Scripted by Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell (who also collaborated on Jaume Collet-Serra's Unknown), Message from the King smartly infuses Jacob's intensely personal quest with a wider sense of the seething racial tension and imminent violence coursing through the United States. But it's Du Welz's elegant imagery, staging, and mastery of mood that sets the film apart (note, for only one instance, the chilling scene of Jacob's visit to the morgue), and the director also shrewdly draws upon his own sense of displacement as a European in America to cast an observant outsider's gaze on this endlessly filmed city.
To recap: The movie is called Message From the King and Boseman plays a man named Jacob King, and in the clip he says “Tell him that was a message from the King!” In other words: 10/10, best movie of the decade. Message From the King will be available on Netflix on August 4.