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KIN Blu-ray Review

KIN Blu-ray Review

Kin Blu-ray Review

The Movie


While scavenging for copper wire, Detroit teenager Eli Solinski stumbles upon a high-tech gun that holds special powers. When his brother, Jimmy, lands in trouble with a local crime boss, the two siblings take the mysterious weapon and go on the run. Eli and Jimmy now find themselves in a life-and-death battle against an army of thugs and two heavily armored, futuristic soldiers who want their gun back.

Directed By: Jonathan Baker & Josh Baker

Written By: Jonathan Baker, Josh Baker, & Daniel Casey

Starring: Myles Truitt (Eli Solinski), Jack Reynor (Jimmy Solinski), Dennis Quaid (Hal Solinski), Zoë Kravitz (Milly), James Franco (Taylor Balik), Carrie Coon (Morgan Hunter), Ian Mathews (Snick), Gavin Fox (Dutch Balik), Stephane Garneau-Monten (Remy), Lukas Penar (Big Man), and more. 

Genre: Action and Sci-Fi

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: Approx. 102 Minutes

Blu-ray Details


  • English: DTS:X
  • English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)


  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
  • English SDH

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bag Man: Original Short
  • Learned Behavior: Special feature at Work Featurette
  • Thicker Than Water: The Making of Kin
  • Enhanced Visual FX Breakdowns
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary with Co-Directors Jonathan and Josh Baker and Screenwriter Daniel Casey

My Thoughts

I give Kin a B.

Kin follows Eli Solinski (Myles Truitt), a 14-year-old boy from Detroit. While scavenging for copper wire, he discovers this high-tech gun. When his brother, Jimmy Solinski (Jack Reynor) is released from prison and gets in trouble with the local crime boss.  The two must flee cross-country from not only the crime boss but two soldiers from the future after their high tech gun.

I honestly didn’t know what this movie was about.  Again, I just popped this Blu-ray into my player.  What kept me watching were these two Halo looking soldiers searching for their high tech gun.  I had no idea who or what they were as they were wearing helmets and you couldn’t see their face.  I knew they were after their weapon and arm with high technology.

I like Eli.  After the loss of his mom any kid would act up.  That is a tough thing to go through for anyone let along a 14-year-old kid.  You had a sense that he was kind of fending for himself.  His Dad was off working, though you knew he cared and loved for him deeply.  He would go scrap collecting for some extra cash.  When he discovers this weapon, you could see his confidence increasing.  Not that this weapon had power over him but more like he felt like he was something instead of lost in translation.  I liked the relationship between Eli and his brother, Jimmy.  When they went on a cross-country trip, you knew that  Jimmy was a bad influence to Eli but at the same time they grew a bound.

The only down for me was the ending.  Like I said before, I kept watching because of the mystery behind the Halo looking soldiers.  They revealed who they were and the connection to Eli.  I was expecting the soldiers to be an alien from another planet out to kill them but they were people like you and I.  One of them was played by Michael B Jordan. I didn’t quite get if they were from the future or another Earth.  *Spoiler*  Eli was brought to this time because of War going on where he is from.  He (Eli) was able to use the weapon because he is marked and the gun is programmed to work with their people.  They will return to get him once the War is over.  Watch for yourself. You may like the ending. It just wasn’t what I was expecting.

I did enjoy the film.  It had some cool action sequences and the CGI wasn’t too over the top when displaying the abilities of the gun.

Catch Kin out on Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital November 20th!