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KIN – Review
KIN – Budget of $30 million – 1 hour and 42 minutes
Elijah goes around town finding scraps from abandoned buildings to sell. He is saving for a new pair of shoes. On one of his explorations, Elijah finds dead bodies and a high tech weapon. He gets spooked and runs home. He comes home to his disappointed father Harold. Elijah was suspended for fighting a kid who spoke badly about his deceased mother. Harold tells him if he is not in school he will be doing chores all day. In addition, his brother Jimmy will be coming home after a 6-year bid in jail. Elijah goes back to the abandoned building to clear his head. The bodies are gone but the weapon is still there. He grabs the weapon and it lights up. So he puts the weapon in his bag, sneaks into the house, and hides it under his bed. The next day Harold finds Elijah’s scraps and tells Elijah taking those things is stealing. He wants Elijah to call all the Section 8 housing directors and apologize. When they get Harold’s business to make the phone calls, Harold notices the chain is broken. He tells Elijah to stay in the car until he comes out. Elijah puts on his headphones and waits. A few minutes later Jimmy comes out and tells Elijah their dad is staying because someone broke in and poured concrete everywhere. Harold told Jimmy the two should immediately go on a trip to Lake Tahoe (their mother’s favorite place) and he will meet the two later. Elijah is happy to get away from the chores. In a hurry, Elijah grabs some food, clothes, and his new secret weapon. But Jimmy is hiding a huge secret too. Before he ran to the car, he helped two men (Tyler and Dutch) break into is Harold’s business to steal money he owed them. When Harold tried to stop them, Tyler killed Harold and Jimmy killed Dutch (Tyler’s brother). Jimmy knows Tyler and his crew will come after him and kill him and Elijah. Unknowingly, Elijah is on the run from the police, Tyler, and his crew. Oh and let’s not forget, someone is looking for that weapon.
This movie, produced by Michael B. Jordan, mixes a complex storyline with a sci-fi flair. Elijah is learning what it really means to be a man and the true definition of a family each mile of the road trip. As Jimmy takes him to motels, a strip club, and a poker game, he does it with the intention of keeping Elijah happy. But Jimmy hates himself for keeping their dad’s death a secret. Jimmy is not represented as cold and evil, just irresponsible and lost. While this movie starts with a weapon as the answer to some of his problems, it’s really the key to unlocking the truth. Parents, be forewarned, that this movie does involve strippers. They are clothed but it’s equal to a bikini. While this movie has a strong message about manhood, the strip club scene is 10 minutes long and up to your discretion. But this is a strong movie that deserves a second look and possibly a part 2.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
I don’t even know why I listen to you – Elijah
I got a lot of money. I am looking to get drunk. He is looking to get caffeinated. You want to join us – Jimmy
Don’t hide it. It proves you’re a survivor – Milly
You are not a replacement – Harold
Be careful, it’s slippery there – Tyler
Blindspotting – Review
Blindspotting – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 35 minutes
Collin has 3 days left on his year-long parole after serving time in jail and he is doing everything possible to stay out of trouble. He works as a mover with his best friend Miles in their hometown of Oakland, California. He keeps is 11 pm curfew at a halfway house. In addition to staying out of any kind of trouble. As he is driving home one night after work, he sees a man running. Moments later, that man is shot 4 times by an officer right in front of Collin. Collin goes home but can’t shake a sick feeling as the news reports come out. The next 2 days will leave test him in love, friendship, culture, and perception.
This movie proves that everyone has a blind spot. Miles and Collin see the world around them changing. With gentrification, Miles and Collin don’t know where they belong. However, the biggest question is about their friendship. Miles believe Collin’s parole is changing him into a water down version of himself. Collin believes that Miles is so busy being a tough guy that he isn’t growing up. And Val, Collins’s ex, believe Miles will be Collin’s downfall. This movie gives a spectacular narrative to a white guy growing up in a predominately black neighborhood and a black male growing up trying to not be a stereotype in a black neighborhood. With each of them growing up together, they still have a blind spot for each other’s pain and pressure. And during one scene, you will hold your breath and silently hope everything doesn’t fall apart. See this movie today.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars
They have really great produce – Collin
He already biracial, why does he need to be bilingual – Miles