Kin (2018) Directed by Josh Baker, Jonathan Baker. Summit Entertainment.
KIN is a crime thriller with a sci-fi twist and is the archetypal story of an unexpected hero destined for greatness. Starring Jack Reynor, Zoe Kravitz, James Franco, Dennis Quaid, and Myles Truitt, KIN is adapted from the 2014 short film Bag Man by the Baker brothers.
Myles Truitt plays Elijah Solinski, the adopted son of widower Hal Solinksi (Dennis Quaid). The Solinski family is no stranger to trouble. Elijah finds a whole lot more trouble when he stumbles across a weapon of immense power called a 'bluntnose rifle' which seems to be of alien origin. When Elijah's brother Jimmy (Jack Reynor) is released from prison, a chain of events transpires and the 'road-trip/running from the bad guys' movie kicks into gear. Worse still, the owners of the gun are looking for it.
This movie isn't for thinking too hard about, it is an action movie after all. The plot focuses on the developing relationship between Elijah and his brother Jimmy as they run from trouble into more trouble. Despite some impressive special effects it never really feels like a sci-fi movie and feels a bit like a grainy indie movie (albeit with a much bigger budget).
It's a fair bet that we'll be seeing more of Myles Truitt in the future, he gives us a good handle of young Elijah's journey. Jack Reynor has one of those 'I've seen him before somewhere' faces (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and bravely plays a very questionable and seemingly irredeemable character who keeps getting everyone into deeper trouble. Dennis Quaid only has one facial expression for the entire movie (angry), but James Franco makes up for that as a menacing and interesting bad guy. Zoe Kravitz plays a gritty, dark, and also somewhat irredeemable character in Milly, who becomes a critical part brothers'rothers journey.
Lots of gunfights happen along the way. They're interspersed with quieter character development and thoughtful moments but the characters are mostly broken people with dark histories. It's all a little darker than the promo trailers imply so KIN isn't a kids movie.
The climax is more than a little brow-furrowing but wraps things up in what appears to be an attempt to create a larger franchise.
It's not a bad movie at all. It kept me in my seat for an hour and three quarters, and that is no mean feat. If you like Stranger Things, then you'll enjoy this story. It has the kind of darkness and action the Baker brothers probably couldn't put into that mainstream TV series.