In the heart of Antwerp, where the city’s pulse beats loudest, there’s a tale of neon lights, techno beats, and one man’s audacious dream. Meet Frank Verstraeten, an unassuming IT genius with a penchant for the unconventional. It all begins with a simple phrase from his mother – “Life’s too short to pay taxes.” Little did they know, those words would set in motion a journey that would redefine the very fabric of nightlife.
Picture the late ’90s, a time when Frank, immersed in the world of computers, stumbles upon the allure of the night. Rejected at the doors of Belgium’s hottest clubs, he decides to carve his own destiny. His mission: to create a club that would obliterate all competition. Partnering with the self-proclaimed Porn King, Dennis Black Magic, and the enchanting Miss Belgium, Frank unveils Zillion—a futuristic mega club that defies expectations.
Amidst the swirling lights, thunderous beats, and a cascade of cash, “Zillion: King of the Night” unravels the grandeur and decadence of Frank’s meteoric rise. Robin Pront, weaving a narrative reminiscent of “Casino” and “The Social Network,” captures the essence of an era through the lens of a flamboyant nightclub that becomes a character in its own right.
As Frank’s empire reaches legendary heights, fueled by his relentless pursuit of the high life, the movie delves into an unexpected trio, each playing their part in Zillion’s fate. Together, they bask in the glory until the inevitable crash, burdened by fraud, betrayal, and Frank’s dubious alliances.
The cast, a symphony of talent, brings the characters to life. Jonas Vermeulen embodies the tenacious Frank, Charlotte Timmers adds depth to Miss Belgique, Matteo Simoni infuses complexity as the Porn King, and Barbara Sarafian breathes a Machiavellian air into Frank’s loving mother.
“Zillion” unfolds as a visual spectacle, a kaleidoscope of lights and techno beats, thanks to Pront’s unique style and cinematographer Robrecht Heyvaert‘s mastery. The film transports you to a time when the night was alive with energy, surrounded by the thumping heartbeats of techno and the dazzling spectacle of laser lights.
Even if techno isn’t your anthem, the movie’s wild twists and turns, fueled by Simoni’s magnetic performance and an electrifying soundtrack, guarantee an enjoyable ride. “Zillion” isn’t just a club; it’s a lifestyle—a testament to an era of excess, ambition, and, ultimately, downfall.
In 138 minutes of captivating storytelling, “Zillion: King of the Night” invites you to relive the highs and lows of a cantankerous geek‘s pursuit of nocturnal supremacy. Let Pront’s cinematic prowess, coupled with an exceptional cast and a pulsating soundtrack, transport you back to the extravagant and tumultuous days of the early 2000s.