I have a had a life-long love of the arts; enjoying theatre, ballet, art and movies. We are all time poor and have limits to our entertainment budget so I hope an honest review will help make your choices easier.
Published September 5th 2018
From the producers of Stranger Things, KIN is promoted as a crime thriller with a sci-fi twist.
Elijah (Myles Truitt) is a 14-year-old boy living in Detroit with his strict adoptive father Hal (Denis Quaid). Hal is hard working and highly ethical but caught in a cycle of poverty and blindly determined to save Elijah from the criminal path his brother Jimmy (Jack Reynor) has taken.
Elijah, bullied at school, tries to make money by scavenging copper wiring from abandoned buildings. During one of these savaging trips, he comes across the remains of a battle. Otherworldly soldiers lay dead and Elijah takes one of their weapons - a powerful gun that can blast the enemy away. A lucky find, given the return of his narcissistic big brother who drags him into a run from both the law and a vicious crime gang led by Taylor (James Franco).
For the sci-fi or even action lover, this film had so much potential, but sadly it failed to deliver on all fronts. On the action front, I would have liked to see more time spent exploring Franco's crime gang; sadly the cross-country chase and final clash between them and the brothers was disappointing. With the film focusing instead on Jimmy's character and his budding relationship with Elijah.
The sci-fi component of this film also had great potential. There is the mysterious gun that worked only in Elijah's hands. Or the indestructible Robocop figures that doggedly chase Jimmy and Elija to recover the weapon. And ultimately the mysterious connection between Elijah and an alien world. All good fodder for the movie mill - but virtually ignored and run almost in the background.
What a shame, this was a story with real potential - what we ended up with was all backstory and no credible action or sci-fi.