We Gotta Talk About: ‘KIN’ (2018)

2018’s understated science fiction drama tackles family dynamics and personal responsibility with the dashed hopes of more to come

THE MAN WITH THE BAG

Judah Bellamy as the boy without a name and the “Block-Nosed Rifle” in BAG MAN.
A potential idea of the alien race and their intergalactic conflict at the back of the boy. | © Andie Tong

SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER HIM

Myles Truitt was one out of 300 hopeful boys who auditioned for the role of Elijah Solinski in KIN.
Elijah Solinski’s entire life changes after he discovers an alien weapon on the eve of his brother’s release from prison.

THE TROUBLE WITH FAMILY

The tension between the surviving Solinski’s is comparable to my own experiences with an unwelcome sibling. It’s unnerving.
The consummate conman: Jimmy convinces Elijah to leave home with him to escape Taylor’s vengeance.
KIN demonstrates what Zoe Kravitz can do as an actress when she isn’t playing the Token Black Girl to a gaggle white actresses (“Rough Night”, “Insurgent”, “Mad Max Fury Road”), or the love interest (as she was in “Dope”).

THE UNDERSTATED THROWBACK

Elijah is positioned between two worlds: The one he knows and loves, and the one that was literally sprung on him, but was always looking out for him.

A KID WITH A GUN

KIN is careful not to make a spectacle out of the power or use of the BNR. It’s fired a total of eight times while in Elijah’s possession.

WE’RE NOT DONE…?

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