Next of Kin

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Kentucky windage hits the bullseye

Jun 4, 2000
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Pros:Swayze and Neeson at their macho best

Cons:They could have extended the rescue a bit

I'm amazed that epinions doesn't have this in their main listing of films! I had to go to their database to find it, but find it I did. If you haven't seen this movie, you missed a really good one. The simplest summary is: Chicago cop from Kentucky enlists family aid in revenge against the Mob for killing his younger brother.

Sounds like a real bore, doesn't it? Well, let's just spice this up a little. Primary stars; Patrick Swayze and Liam Neeson! More interested? Suppose we add Helen Hunt as Swayze's wife? And, suppose we add the little known fact that this was the first movie Helen Hunt made with Bill Paxton in the cast -- before they went on to co-star in the box-office smash Tornado. Actually, Paxton appears only briefly, as the little brother who gets whacked by the Mob. Still, it's an interesting coincidence, right?

The film itself is an excellent action film, allowing Swayze to hero to his heart's content. He does a good job of it, too. It isn't long before you come to realize that, to paraphrase an old TV commercial, it isn't nice to fool with Kentucky Hillbilly men! In fact, it's downright lethal!

OK, so the film is simplistic. OK, so the film is predictable. Even so, if you're looking for entertainment pure and simple, this is it! Swayze approaches his role with just the right degree of outraged determination without running it into the dirt. Neeson does an amazingly good job (remember, he's a furriner with a limey accent in real life) of playing the quietly deadly hillbilly older brother. I kind of think this role may have helped him get selected to do Rob Roy.

The plot runs taut and violent until it begins to look like the Mob may succeed. I won't tell you how or why this happens, but it does. This leaves only one recourse, and Swayze takes it -- to enlist the assistance of the entire clan of male Hillbilly kin. When that happens, the action turns fast and furious and fabulously hilarious! I thought I would die when they showed up with a bus full of snakes to.... No, I won't tell you that either!

I guess you'll just have to see it for yourself. Believe me, if you enjoy relatively light weight, fast action, and macho-violent entertainment films, you'll absolutely love this one. Would I lie to you?



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