BOARDING GATE Add To My Top 10

Abhorrent, Inconsequential Mixture

Content -4
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Release Date: March 21, 2008

Starring: Asia Argento, Michael Madsen, Carl Ng, Kelly Lin, Joana Preiss, Alex Descas, and Kim Gordon

Genre: Thriller

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 93 minutes

Distributor: Magnet Releasing/Magnolia Pictures

Director: Olivier Assayas

Executive Producer: None

Producer: Francois Margolin

Writer: Olivier Assayas

Address Comments To:

Bill Banowski, CEO, Magnolia Pictures
1614 West 5th St.
Austin, TX 78703
Eamon Bowles, President, Magnolia Pictures
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Phone: (212) 924-6701; Fax: (212) 924-6742
Website: www.magpictures.com
Email: info@ magpictures.com

Content:

(HH, LL, VV, SSS, NN, A, D, MMM) Strong humanist worldview of characters who are adrift and, in a way, seem to be trapped by their own desires and lusts, with no hope in God or religion; 24 or 25 obscenities (mostly “f” words) and sinful character says, “I swear to God”; strong violence as woman shoots man in head and he falls lying on a pool of blood (but not extremely graphic), woman finds a dead woman who has been shot, woman kills one or two men who are chasing her, men chase woman through buildings, alleys and streets, and assassination; very strong sadomasochistic foreplay, depicted fornication, general talk in one scene about sadomasochistic relations that is not graphic, and kissing; brief upper female nudity in two scenes, upper male nudity in several scenes, female cleavage, and woman in bra and panties; alcohol use; smoking and woman’s drink is drugged to put her unconscious; and, lust, lying, cheating, assassination for hire, betrayal, tattoos, and mention of divorce.

Summary:

BOARDING GATE, an international thriller that’s half in English, is about an assassination-for-hire plot involving a Frenchwoman, her sadomasochistic, American ex-lover and her current, but married, Asian lover. The first half of the movie has abhorrent sexual content, while the second half’s thriller aspects go limp by the unresolved anti-climactic ending.

Review:

BOARDING GATE is a thriller that basks in the uncomfortable sadomasochism between its heroine and her ex-lover, then turns into a somewhat conventional story about a hire-for-murder plot. The first half of the movie is quite abhorrent, and the second half is not good enough in quality to make most moviegoers want to see it.

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.

In Brief:

BOARDING GATE, an international thriller that’s half in English, opens with Miles, a divorced white American living in Paris, telling his business partner that he wants to retire to spend more time with his children. The next scenes show Miles meeting his French ex-lover, Sandra. 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, but things go terribly wrong when she gets there.

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.