Boarding Gate


Attractive nonsense in the style of most Vin Diesel films... Discuss this article

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Asia Argento sometimes appears in movies (Marie Antoinette), occasionally directs them (Scarlet Diva), but never fades into them. Boarding Gate, like the Vin Diesel vehicle XXX, treats her with closet contempt. The director sees no need to trouble Argento with a plausible backstory or emotional through line; rather, she’s a skank-for-hire who, after an underwhelming liaison with business client Michael Madsen, offs him execution-style. She then spends the rest of the film looking forlornly at his keys and fleeing from Chinese thugs. Alas, there’s something sad about the maker of Irma Vep being transfixed by what is ultimately emptily stylish nonsense.

By Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out Doha,

Boarding Gate

  • Duration: 106
  • Released: Thu, 07 Jan
  • Classification: 18+
  • Director: Olivier Assayas
  • Stars: Asia Argento, Michael Madsen, Kelly Lin, Carl Loong Ng

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