Abhorrent, Inconsequential Mixture
Release Date: March 21, 2008
Starring: Asia Argento, Michael Madsen,
Carl Ng, Kelly Lin, Joana
Preiss, Alex Descas, and Kim
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: Magnet Releasing/Magnolia
Director: Olivier Assayas
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Francois Margolin
Writer: Olivier Assayas
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The movie opens with Miles, a white American in Paris, telling his business partner that he wants to retire to spend more time with his children. The next scene shows Miles’s French ex-lover, Sandra, visiting him in his office. The two have a somewhat cryptic conversation about their sex life, which apparently was sadomasochistic on Miles’s part. The two broke up because Sandra loved Miles but the feeling was not mutual. Miles, who has finally divorced his wife, invites Sandra to come visit him at his house again.
Sandra shows up at his house and the two engage in fairly graphic sadomasochistic foreplay. Then, Sandra suddenly takes out a gun and shoots Miles in the head.
The second half of the movie reveals that Sandra has fallen in love with another married man, her Asian boss Lester. Lester runs a shipping business with his beautiful wife. He and Sandra have been hired by someone to kill Miles. Lester has set things up for Sandra to escape so that she can meet him in Hong Kong, whereupon he will leave his wife and, together, they will eventually go to Beijing, China to buy a nightclub with their contract money.
When Sandra gets to Hong Kong, however, things go terribly wrong, and Sandra must run for her life. She cannot tell whom to trust any longer. Is Lester trying to kill her? Is his wife? Or, is something else happening?
The thriller aspects of this story peter out in the end. Thus, the movie’s ending comes to an unresolved conclusion. Viewers discover the truth, but Sandra does not.
Overall, therefore, the first half of BOARDING GATE is abhorrent, and the second half of the movie is inconsequential. The second half has some interesting qualities, but the ending is frustrating.
The first half of BOARDING GATE, with its graphic scenes of sadomasochism and assassination, is abhorrent. The movie’s second half is inconsequential. The story’s thriller aspects peter out in the end, with the ending coming to an unresolved conclusion. Viewers discover the truth about what’s happening, but Sandra does not.