Sunday, January 26, 2014

Next of Kin (1989)

Director: John Irvin

Writer: Michael Jenning

Composer: Jack Nitzsche

Starring: Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson, Adam Baldwin, Helen Hunt, Andreas Katsulas, Bill Paxton, Ben Stiller, Michael J. Pollard, Ted Levine, Del Close, Valentino Cimo, Paul Greco

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A man murdered in cold blood. But they didn't count on his brother's revenge!

Plot: Truman, a Chicago cop, sets out to find the killer of his brother. Meanwhile, another of his brothers, Briar (a hillbilly) decides to find the killer himself.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

When I saw the opening credits loaded with all kinds of fun actors I was certain I was in for a good time.  As they quickly came onto the screen it was getting better and better...that is until some of them died off pretty early.  Bummer.  It's not a bad little revenge picture and having a cast like this really helps sell it.  I'm a sucker for flicks that have folks being hunted down and killed in the woods and I was disappointed that this wasn't one of them.  You know, the bad guy city gangsters find themselves in the hills of Kentucky being chased down by hound dogs and bare-footed hillbillies.  Instead it almost all takes place in Chicago.  The ending is pretty silly but it is entertaining.  The real fun is seeing a lot of young faces of top current actors.  Oh, and seeing Patrick Swayze play a Chicago cop that dresses like Indiana Jones. 

No comments:

Post a Comment