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Kin (2018)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi | 31 August 2018 (USA)
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Chased by a vengeful criminal, the feds and a gang of otherworldly soldiers, an ex-con and his adopted teenage brother go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection.

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Jonathan Baker (based on the short film "Bag Man" by), Josh Baker (based on the short film "Bag Man" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Myles Truitt ... Eli Solinski
Jack Reynor ... Jimmy Solinski
Dennis Quaid ... Hal Solinski
Zoë Kravitz ... Milly
James Franco ... Taylor Balik
Carrie Coon ... Morgan Hunter
Ian Matthews ... Snick
Gavin Fox ... Dutch Balik
Stephane Garneau-Monten ... Remy
Lukas Penar ... Big Man
Carleigh Beverly ... Audrey
Lily Gao ... Female Cleaner
Michael B. Jordan ... Male Cleaner (as Michael B Jordan)
Milton Barnes ... Guidance Counselor
Michael Grisley Michael Grisley ... School Bully
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Storyline

Co-directors Jonathan Baker and Josh Baker's sci-fi action thriller features James Franco, Zoe Kravitz, and Dennis Quaid. A young boy (Myles Truitt) finds a powerful otherworldly weapon, which he uses to save his older adoptive brother (Jack Reynor) from a crew of thugs. Before long, the two of them are also pursued by federal agents and mysterious mercenaries aiming to reclaim their asset.

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All he needed was a way out. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for gun violence and intense action, suggestive material, language, thematic elements and drinking | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The two directors of the movie are brothers. See more »

Goofs

Taylor's plan to storm the police station to kill Jimmy is needlessly risky. As Jimmy would've probably taken the fall for Harold's murder, a far easier and safer plan would've been to simply wait for Jimmy to go back to prison (where Taylor is implied to have influence) and kill him there. See more »

Crazy Credits

(spoiler) Michael B. Jordan's executive producer credit doesn't appear until the end of the film, presumably to keep the surprise of his cameo in the movie's climax. See more »

Connections

Features Bubblegum Crisis (1987) See more »

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Reason to Live
Written by Willie Powell Dying Regret (as William Daniel Powell), Mark William Haggblad, Benjamin M. Lazzaro and Mike Rawluk
Performed by Dying Regret
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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A cold and underdeveloped sci-fi hybrid
28 April 2019 | by eddie_bagginsSee all my reviews

There's a great story buried somewhere in Kin, one that would be suited even to a longer format such as recurring seasonal show or a one off mini-series but sadly Jonathan and Josh Baker's cinematic effort (based on their short film) lacks any of the heart, nuance or imagination needed to make this sci-fi hybrid work.

Mixing in the road trip genre with a dosage of family drama and oddly underused sci-fi potential, Kin is an odd beast, one that does feel original in nature but not so much in execution, as we follow Myles Truitt's teenage boy Eli Solinski on an adventure with older brother Jimmy who has been released from prison but quick to get back into the criminal scene.

There's not a lot of solid build up leading up to this point, as we're introduced to Eli as he wanders about, finding alien technology and struggling to find himself in the world and as soon as Reynor's Jimmy gets into trouble with James Franco's woefully styled criminal Taylor Balik and draws Eli into his cross country getaway, we begin to realise that we've never had much of a chance to care about what is occurring, as the Baker's struggle to bring all their story elements into one cohesive and interesting whole.

Kin really is one of those experiences that feels like it's both rushed and underdeveloped, too many ideas flying around at once for any of them to stick and work, giving the film a cold edge and one that never finds its true core amongst all of the various happenings, side characters and half-cooked concepts.

The actors certainly try their best with the material given but no one here is given a lot to work with as the Baker's waste talented cast members such as Reynor, Zoe Kravitz, Michael B. Jordan and Carrie Coon with barely there characters, no one getting a real moment to shine even if you sense that Reynor and Truitt share a chemistry that should've been explored further within the film.

Another big disappointment for genre enthusiasts is that despite what was advertised and championed when the film was first released, Kin isn't that much of a "sci-fi" experience, forgoing its more fantastical elements to instead focus on the more everyday, as the Solinski brothers are focussed on escaping the wrath of Franco and his cronies generic goons.

Final Say -

An almost entirely forgettable mash up of ideas and barely explored concepts, Kin had the potential to be something special, but instead ends up being a feature devoid of any real life or heart.

2 acts of performance art out of 5


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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,035,618, 2 September 2018

Gross USA:

$5,718,096

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,313,019
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