Day 361 – Kin


Movie Title: Kin

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 42 min.

Rated: PG-13

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home


Kin is a combination crime, road trip, and science fiction movie. Jimmy Smolinski (Jack Reynor) is fresh out of prison. While he was in jail he paid some notorious fellows led by Taylor Balik (James Franco) to keep him on this side of the dirt. Now that he is out he needs $60,000 dollars to maintain the status quo.

Jimmy goes to visit his father Hal (Dennis Quaid) who is about as straight laced as it comes. Hal refuses to give him the money, so Jimmy and Taylor rob his job site where they know they can get a lot of money. Hal walks in on the robbery and people end up dead. But, not Taylor, and he wants revenge. Jimmy and adopted son Eli (Myles Truitt) hit the road under false pretenses in order to escape Detroit alive picking up a stripper (Zoe Kravitz) along the way.

The crimes become more foolish and outlandish as the trip progresses. You would think they would be trying to keep a low profile, but they blow things up all the way across the midwest. The road trip is where most of the emphasis is placed and while some bonding occurs it is mostly built on the back of lies. The science fiction element is fairly awkwardly placed. The gun becomes the real game changer in the movie, but there are a lot of illogical elements. The conclusion is perplexing and vague. It left me with a lot of unanswered questions and it made the rest of the movie not make a lot of sense.

There are a lot of weak plot elements. The future soldiers get from Detroit to Iowa in no time. There is no way to remotely lock down a future gun with fingerprint sensitivity. A club that is destroyed in a fight is repaired literally overnight. The police are some of the most inept ever put on celluloid. Some of the decisions made by the future soldiers do not make any sense in the light of the ending. All the characters are pretty unlikable though there is a neat Michael B. Jordan cameo.


It is a very watchable movie, but it is also highly illogical. Take it or leave it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Mile 22 (2018)


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