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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.


Jonathan Baker (based on the short film "Bag Man" by), Josh Baker (based on the short film "Bag Man" by) | 1 more credit »
3 nominations. See more awards »





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


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Some things aren't meant to be found. 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Features Terminator 2: The Arcade Game (1991) See more »


Written by Paul Charles DiGiovanni, Kevin Bard, Morgan Dorr (as Morgan A. Dorr) and John Keefe (as John J. Keefe)
Performed by The Hot Damns
Courtesy of The Hot Damns
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Kin: Who was I supposed to root for?
13 May 2019 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Kin is in many ways the spiritual successor to the universally hated Laserblast (1978). Same movie, tweaked and modernized.

It tells the tale of a boy who finds a futuristic weapon in an abandoned building, and the chaos it brings to his life.

The movie is stylish though it reeks of teen sci-fi franchise. Hollywood should know better by now, the majority of these things don't make it past the first movie!

So it looks the part and the cast is great featuring Dennis Quaid, James Franco and Zoe Kravitz. It's cliched, it's rather generic and follows a very tried and tested formula.

My issue isn't with any of that, to be fair generally that's what you expect these days. My issue is one that has been rife in the movie industry for a good decade now, and that's scummy protagonists.

One core movie essential is a character or characters that you care about, that you empathize with, that you're along for the journey with and you're cheering them on every step of the way. So why do so many movies now shove down our throats these scummy criminal "Good guys". Why should I care about them? These are not good people, I can't cheer them on! They're antagonists surely!?

This is something I just can't get over, movies like Attack the Block (2011) really seemed to start this wave of them and enough is enough.

If you like teen sci-fi movies then this might appeal, but I hope you don't mind cheering on criminals.

The Good:

Looks the part

Decent cast

The Bad:

Who am I supposed to be rooting for?

James Franco is saturating the industry, enough already

Really generic stuff

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Release Date:

31 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,035,618, 2 September 2018

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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