Rent Kin (2018)

2.8 of 5 from 140 ratings
1h 39min
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Synopsis:
Recently released from prison. Jimmy (Jack Reynor) hopes to reconnect with his younger adopted brother. Eli (Myles Truitt), and estranged father (Dennis Quaid). But after a run-in with a vengeful criminal (James Franco). Jimmy and Eli become fugitives with one hope for survival: a metallic box from another dimension that transforms into a super-powered weapon and leads Eli to discover his true identity in this thrilling action adventure with a sci-fi twist, an all-star cast and a stunning soundtrack from Mogwai.
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Directors:
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Producers:
Dan Cohen, David Gross, Shawn Levy, Jesse Shapira
Writers:
Jonathan Baker, Josh Baker, Daniel Casey
Studio:
Lionsgate Films
Genres:
Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/12/2018
Run Time:
99 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Co-Oirectors Jonathan and Josh Baker and Screenwriter Daniel Casey
  • Enhanced Visual FX Breakdown
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/12/2018
Run Time:
103 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Spanish
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Spanish
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Co-Directors Jonathan and Josh Baker and Screenwriter Daniel Casey
  • Enhanced Visual FX Breakdown
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Thicker Than Water: The Making of 'Kin'
  • Bag Man: Original Short (with optional audio commentary by co-directors Jonathan and Josh Baker)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Learned Behaviour: Special Features at Work

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Reviews (2) of Kin

this is not a sci-fi movie - Kin review by KG

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I love this film. I have read a lot of reviews of this film mainly because they were poor or average and wondered if they were speaking about another movie. It is about the relationship of two brothers who have not seen each other in six years and the rest of the characters are there to more the story along. The sci-fy element is strong but it has so much more depth than that. Why do critics have to pigeon hole movies then review them depending upon their genre. This crosses genres and is better for it. The acting is great, the soundtrack is fantastic, the special effects are subtle, the performances are brilliant, James Franco makes a great baddie, cinematography is stunning. How can this average 3 stars. Please can more film makers make sci-fy thought provoking like this rather than the mundane superhero junk or star wars regurgitation of a screenplay from the 1970's.

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Good to average, fun to watch, nice n gritty drama, but far from original! - Kin review by CS

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I still can't decide whether I think this is a good film or just yet another average plodding along B Movie! The storyline is far from original and has been done before so many times in so many formats. This is basically a brother bonding road movie that has been given a si-fi element to beef it up a bit and a few criminal elements to give it some action. Otherwise it really is simply a road movie about two brothers bonding whilst on a road trip, morality message thrown in, oh and of course one has to also throw in the obligatory female just for the sake of it, even though she's completely irrelevant to the story! Zoe Kravitz, who plays the love interest in this, her acting is very average and having seen her in a number of other films, I get the distinct impression that she is only getting the parts because of who her father is (Lenny Kravitz), a bit like Jaden Smith syndrome! The acting from the two leads is solid and so is the direction, it is quite a good film, but I found it dragged in parts and seemed to have a very strong interracial message, which is a good thing, but very American and it was quite predictable who the Aliens were and what connection the young lad had to them. And of course they simply couldn't help setting us up for a sequel towards the end, which really annoys me in films! When this started and we saw the shot of the housing estate, I thought it was a low budget Film Foundation affair, where they fund up and coming film makers, as it had that kind of feel to it, as if most of the people involved had just come out of Art College and were making their first steps into the industry!

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Critic review

Kin review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

What do two Baltimore brothers, a kind-hearted stripper, and a ray gun have in common? Not much, and that’s part of the problem with Kin. It’s a genre-mashing adventure that throws so much at the screen, from young adult wish fulfillment to 1980s throwback ingredients, that ultimately never becomes the earnest romp of a sci-fi adventure with tongue firmly in its cheek. Too somber to be campy, too ridiculous to be dramatic, it exists in that strange void of not-quite-there 1980s science fiction of grand ideas with cheap budgets. It’s a chasm I’m not quite sure I want to be so nostalgic about.

The premise itself is not too shabby if you’re seeking a more original story. Elijah (Myles Truitt) is a teenager with a somewhat tough life in Baltimore. He was adopted by Hal Solinski (Dennis Quaid), a blue-collar worker pushing for his son to pursue a life of honesty and hard work. It’s not easy to do in a broken down Baltimore where Elijah’s only means of money is snatching copper wire. It’s even tougher when Elijah’s older brother Jimmy (Jack Reynor) has recently been released from prison and still has some dirty deals going. One such debt he needs to repay is for prison protection and local kingpin Taylor Balik, played by James Franco with ridiculous corn rolls and tattoos, has come to collect. It isn’t long before things go south for Jimmy, leading him to take Elijah on an emergency road trip.

But, wait, isn’t this a science fiction movie? Partially. It’s more of a crime drama with some sci-fi elements tossed in as a wild card. If Elijah and Jimmy are pursued by gun-toting criminals that want them dead, let’s see what happens when a ray gun is thrown into the mix. Naturally, it blasts the criminals to ash. Neon ash, for that subtle dose of the 1980s. Where did the ray gun come from? Elijah discovers it while scouting an abandoned building and, sure enough, some dark-looking, Daft Punk style cyborgs have come looking for the taken weapon. They’re hardly in the film, always seeming to be one step behind, until showing up for some flashy special effects in the climax. Trust me, you’ll understand why they’re kept to a minimum when their underwhelming purpose is revealed.

To enjoy Kin takes quite a bit of suspension of disbelief. The movie proceeds at such a contemplative and speedy pace that you just have to go with it at times. For example, Elijah seems to take quite easily to the ray gun he finds, easily able to turn it on and figure out its different firing functions within one or two sessions. How this is possible could be explained by his favorite cartoon being the 1980s cyberpunk anime, Bubblegum Crisis. But, wait, this film takes place in modern times? What kid in the 21st century is watching Bubblegum Crisis? For a clearer explanation, there’s also a twist about Elijah’s past but its such a predictable insertion of young adult wish fulfillment I almost burst out laughing at the audacity to pull such a familiar stunt. And I’ll spare you the can of worms about how Elijah is able to enter a strip club that doesn’t seem to have any topless women on the stage.

Kin has its moments. There’s an almost admirable somberness for treating the story’s darker aspects of a shattered family with honesty. The scenes with the ray gun turning people to ash and causing massive explosions are fun, especially in a chaotic police station and a strip club with neon dressing. It’s just too bad all the parts don’t exactly mesh, leaving a film that becomes rather confounding in tone, yet fascinating enough in its conception that I wanted to see it succeed. One thing I can say for sure is that it’ll easily appeal to teenage boys seeking some fantasy. What boy wouldn’t want to go on a road trip with their brother, enter into strip clubs, and fire ray guns at bad guys?

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