Movie Review: KIN (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

KIN is based on the short film Bag Man that was directed by Jonathan and Josh Baker who also helms the feature film from a screenplay by Daniel Casey and stars Jack Reynor, Zoë Kravitz, with Dennis Quaid, and James Franco, and introducing Myles Truitt.

Kin follows a recently released ex-con and his adopted teenage brother who find themselves on the run from a vengeful criminal, the feds, and a group of relentless soliders, with only a mysterious and powerful weapon at their side. An emotional sci-fi story about family, adulthood, mystery, and time. Recently released from prison, Jimmy (Jack Reynor) hopes to reconnect with his younger adopted brother, Eli (Miles 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 superpowered weapon and leads Eli to discover his true identity—a hero destined for greatness—in this thrilling action-adventure with a sci-fi twist.

This otherworldy sci-fi thriller centers around Eli Solinski, a 14-year old boy who finds this mysterious high-tech weapon while he’s scavenging for copper wire. Eli lives with his adoptive father who is caring but very strick on the young man because he doesn’t want to see him go down the wrong path like his step-brother Jimmy did. Speaking of step-brothers, Jimmy has just been released from jail and shows up back at home and let’s just say there’s a lot of friction between father and son. What happens is, the troublesome Jimmy owes the local crime boss a lot of money and when things sour even more between the two something tragic happens that puts Jimmy and his little brother Eli on the run from the relentless gangster and his thugs.

Eli isn’t aware of what’s actually going on so his older brother plays it off as a family road trip but in the process they end up crossing another group of bad guys and on top of this the feds and the owners of this futuristic weapon are also after them. The bonding road trip has its moments of fun but it also becomes more deadly with every mile that ultimately ends in Jimmy and Eli with their backs against the wall with no more places to hide as their enemy closes in on them. This is where Eli shows how powerful this weapon actually is when he begins to fight back but this is also when the mysterious owners of the weapon finally show up to reclaim what’s rightfully theirs and the reveal comes with a huge twist. In the end, Eli finally realizes why his adoptive father was so tough on him growing up as well as discovers who he really is and what’s in store for him in the future.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray and DVD discs feature some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear and the picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Kin ended up being a pretty cool coming-of-age sci-fi adventure that follows this teenage boy who ends up going on this accidental road trip of self-discovery. So, not only does the movie have this sci-fi element to it but it also has a lot of heart because of what actually goes down at the beginning of the movie that forces these two brothers to hit the road in the first place. I liked the story and thought the cast did a really good job with their characters. Kin has this dramatic foundation full of forgiveness and redemption that’s built up by some fantastic looking special effects and action scenes to help tell the story. The movie isn’t going to blow anybody away and it’s definitely not a game changer or anything like that but it is something a little different as far as sci-fi movies go and that’s what I liked about it. It’s definitely a passion project for the ones who made it but it’s still going to be an acquired taste that’s geared mostly towards sci-fi fans. Kin will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on November 20th.

Distributor: Summit Entertainment

Run Time: 102 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.00:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS: X / English Dolby Digital 2.0 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.00:1)

DVD Audio: English and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include over 5 hours of special features, including an in-depth conversation between co-directors Jonathan and Josh Baker and respected filmmakers including Dan Trachtenberg, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Laurent Bouzereau and Kevin Smith that looks back at the legacy and importance of special features for aspiring filmmakers. The release also includes an 8-part documentary, 10 deleted scenes,  the original short upon which the film is based, and an audio commentary with co-directors Jonathan and Josh Baker and screenwriter Daniel Casey.

  • Audio Commentary with co-directors Jonathan and Josh Baker and screenwriter Daniel Casey
  • “Thicker Than Water: The Making of Kin” 8-Part Documentary (1:51:25)
  • “Enhanced Visual FX Breakdown” Featurette (13:52)
  • “Bag Man: Original Short” with optional audio commentary by co-directors Jonathan and Josh Baker
  • 10 Deleted Scenes (11:52)
  • “Learned Behavoir: Special Features at Work” hour-long round table discussion between Jonathan and Josh Baker and  reknown filmmakers including 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg, Swiss Army Man directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, legendary special features producer Laurent Bouzereau (JawsBack to the Future,Ready Player One) and special features godfather Kevin Smith (ClerksChasing AmyTusk). (59:14)
  • Digital Copy


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