"Abhorrent, Inconsequential Mixture"
What You Need To Know:
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.
(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.
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.
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