Chadwick Boseman delivers a ‘Message from the King’
Until his appearance as the Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, I had no idea who Chadwick Boseman is despite being in the entertainment industry since 2003. So when the opportunity to watch him in the ‘Message from the King’, I grabbed it – and boy was I in for a ride.
Message from the King is a 2016 revenge thriller that stars Boseman as Jacob King; a relatively mysterious character from South Africa (SA) who travels to the United States (US) in search of his sister Bianca. However, when he arrives he finds out that she has been murdered and sets off to find her killers.
The lighting, tone and pace of the film reminded me of the 2010 revenge film Faster in which Dwayne Johnson comes out of prison and goes after the people who murdered his brother. However, King has a more social demeanor and seems to function well with others, but there is also an aura of mystery surrounding him.
Boseman’s character is a puzzle that slowly unravels during the course of the story. We find that he was the eldest of three children; himself, Bianca and a younger brother. We also learn the Bianca and her younger brother were part of the notorious Numbers Gang which makes us assume her would have been too. But was he?
The level of street knowledge and fighting skills also gives the impression that he has been around violence and knows how to handle himself in tough situations. Unfortunately, I cannot go any further without revealing some surprising twists in the film but I can tell you that I saw some kind of foreshadowing of his upcoming portrayal of Black Panther.
Firstly, the name King obviously foreshadows his role as King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther. Then there are stealthy catlike moves he employs to enter Preston’s (Alfred Molina) residence and of course the fight skills (although not flashy) are quite effective.
Apart from Molina; who plays a paedophile, there is also an impressive cast of Luke Evans as Dr Wentworth, Teresa Palmer as King’s apartment neighbor Kelly and Natalie Martinez as Bianca’s supposed coked out best friend Trish.
Anyway, I rather enjoyed Boseman’s performance believe if things pan out well could spark a sequel.