A gibberish of film genres
In 2014, the brothers Jonathan and Josh Baker they made a 15-minute short film called Bag Man. In it we saw a teenager walking through the streets of New York carrying a large bag. In the end we would discover that he had a weapon inside that fired laser beams with great power of destruction. There is the genesis of the feature film Kin, performed again by the two brothers Baker. However, the film does not limit itself to lengthening that anecdote (as it happens in many long based on shorts), but decides to expand its story through many other ramifications, perhaps too many. You could say that the beginning is similar to the short. We follow the teenager walking through an industrial urban landscape (this time, Detroit) until he finds the weapon, the rest has little to do with it.
Kin is a gibberish that combines genres without too much cunning. On the one hand we have a plot of thriller classic criminal. The protagonist boy’s stepbrother is a petty thief who has just served his sentence and owes money to some gangsters who protected him in jail. On the other hand we have a family drama that focuses on the parent-child relationship between the child and his adoptive father, played by Dennis Quaid. Kin means kinship. But the thing does not end there. After a confrontation with tragic consequences, the boy and his stepbrother, played by Jack Reynor, they flee by road and the narrative assumes the codes of a road movie. And there is still room for another sci-fi subplot with the appearance of the laser beam weapon and two motorcyclists who seem to come from another world and want to get it back. That said, a gibberish and argumentative.
‘Kin’ is Serie B eighties
Despite all the bad things said before, Kin It is a very entertaining product and manufactured with a certain craft. The directors incorporate many elements of eighties cinema with the aroma of a video store and Series B. It should not be forgotten that the producers of the film are the same as those of the famous series Stranger Things. There is a certain connection between both fictions, especially aesthetically with lots of neon lights and sound with synthesizer music and pop rhythms. The soundtrack of Kin run by the scottish band Mogwai. There is also a focus on youth adventure, without any pretense of being deeper.
So to enjoy the film you have to look at it with the same eyes with which we approach any chapter devised by the Duffer Brothers. The problem of Kin it’s his narrative ambition and wanting to cover more than he can. The jumps from one genre to another are so abrupt that they seem like cutouts from different movies. And none of them are too original to justify it, they are full of clichés. Especially the entire final explanation that introduces an absurd science fiction subplot and that could even lead to a sequel is particularly worthwhile. Kin is a hobby that is easily seen and has a cast full of interesting names such as Jack Reynor, James Franco (very over-acted), Zöe Kravitz (singer’s daughter Lenny Kravitz) O Dennis Quaid, all of them supporting the wonderful child protagonist Myles Truitt. For fans of Serie B, the rest abstain.
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