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Film / Kin (2018)

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Kin is an American science-fiction action film directed by Jonathan and Josh Baker and written by Daniel Casey, based on the 2014 short film Bag Man.

Chased by a vengeful criminal, the feds and a gang of otherworldly soldiers, a recently released ex-con, and his adopted teenage brother are forced to go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection.

Kin provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Milly tells Elijah her parents beat her for crying, and she eventually ran away from home. Elijah's also got a scar on his hand from something one of his birth parents did and was adopted early on (likely because he was removed from their care).
  • Accidental Murder: Jimmy and Taylor struggle to control Taylor's gun. Taylor's brother, along with a couple of his soldiers, are killed when it goes off repeatedly.
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  • Connected All Along: One of the soldiers is Elijah's brother from their world.
  • Cop Killer: Taylor shows zero compunction about invading a police station with his gang and shooting every cop inside to get Jimmy.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Milly's and Elijah's parents had abused them (though Elijah doesn't remember this, since he was just a baby). She ran away from her parents, he was adopted by another family.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Taylor swears vengeance on Jimmy for accidentally causing his brother's death.
  • Happily Adopted: Elijah was adopted into a white family when he was a little kid. He is clearly loved by his adopted father and brother, while obviously loving them in turn.
  • Honor Before Reason: Elijah's father takes "Thou shalt not steal" to an extreme. He first insists on finding the rightful owner of, and returning, the scrap metal and wiring Elijah pilfered from an abandoned, crumbling warehouse, in the middle of the night. He then insists that a bunch of robbers return the money they're actively stealing from him, even though they outnumber him and have guns, while he is only holding a crowbar. This promptly gets him killed.
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  • Mood Whiplash: Most of the film consists of quiet family drama intermixed with sci-fi action adventurer ending in a comic-book knock-off.
  • Plasma Cannon: The gun Elijah finds fires some kind of plasma discharge or similar that can blow up a fairly large object in one blast, plus vaporize a human.
  • Power Armor: It's used by otherworldly soldiers to keep their gadgets. And it's Immune to Bullets.
  • Smart Gun: The central MacGuffin of the story is a collapsible, multiple firing modes, holographic scope, sticks to the back, infinite ammo, self-securing, cannon-like smart rifle.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The gun has three modes of fire selectable via touch control, but Elijah only uses two during the film. The viewers are never shown what the third does or looks like.

Alternative Title(s): Kin