io9 Reviews Reviews and critical analyses of fan-favorite movies, TV shows, comics, books, and more. There are a handful of scenes scattered throughout Lionsgate’s sci-fi thriller from directors Jonathan and Josh Baker that are direct callbacks to Bag Man, the twin directors’ 2014 short about a young boy hiding a dangerous secret from the world. In those moments, you can see how the Bakers have grown as filmmakers in the years since Bag Man’s release and just what having a proper studio budget behind a project can do to a full-length cinematic adaptation. At the same time, though, there’s an overall thinness to the connective tissue between those scenes that allows for the entire film to collapse under the weight of its questionable plot, paltry performances, and over-reliance on (admittedly slick) special effects. Kin takes Bag Man’s mysterious, 15-minute-long story about a boy who finds a high-tech, possibly alien gun with massive destructive power, and stretches it into an unevenly-paced, 102-minute action thriller about a pair of brothers on the run from some murderous criminals. Elijah Solinski (Myles Truitt) is the bright, misunderstood adopted son of widower Hal (Dennis Quaid) and brother to Jimmy (Jack Raynor), an ex-con trying to get his life together on the outside. Kin’s first major deviation away from Bag Man that ends up factoring into the overall strength of the film is the fact that Eli is black while his adopted family is white. While transracial adoptions are very much a thing that happens, there’s… [Read full story]
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