Next of Kin Reviews

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FilmFanatik
Super Reviewer
November 20, 2007
Swayze returns along with the likes of Liam Neeson to kick ass Southern-style in the big city in this revenge tail.
cosmo313
Super Reviewer
October 17, 2009
This is a vey predictable yet moderately entertaining story of a hillbilly family in a feud against a mob family. It really is as silly and ridiculous as it sounds, but the 80's camp and cheesiness factors and the fact that Liam Neeson is at his scenery chewing best as one of the hillbillies make this an ok movie to watch when nothing else is on.
deano
Super Reviewer
½ July 23, 2009
This action movie isn't too bad, but it is not particularly action-packed, director John Irvin does provide the expected gunplay and macho confrontations. However, despite a surprisingly distinguished cast (also including Helen Hunt and Michael J. Pollard), little distinguishes the film from numerous other revenge stories with a similar outline. This action film is full of action and has some great fight scenes. Daniel Baldwin is great as the villian and look for a young Ben Stiller before he hit his prime.
cancercapricorn2002
Super Reviewer
February 8, 2009
Director John Irvin must have a real passion for mob movies. He tries his best in both Schwarzenegger's Raw Deal and a few years later with Patrick Swayze's Next of Kin to create a violent, good action film but make it passionate and dramatic and all about crime family vs crime family. However with Next of Kin he must have fine tuned some of the mistakes from the rather slow moving Raw Deal. Next of Kin is a much better film and perhaps a big part of that is the strong cast of future stars Next of Kin carries. Liam Neeson, Helen Hunt, Ben Stiller, Bill Paxton, and even Patrick Swayze who was really at the height of his career in this film...between Dirty Dancing and Ghost.

Next of Kin takes a rather liberal view at a group of people not normally dealt with in films...mountain people...or hillbillies if you will. Swayze plays a former country boy who moved to the big city, became a cop, married his love, and is now urbanized himself. His little brother who aims to follow up in his footsteps ends up getting himself murdered by the crime family, Isabella. The rest of his "kin" want Swayze to avenge the death but Swayze is determined to let justice take it's course. Again, much like Raw Deal, Next of Kin is about vengeance and anger and it all bottles up until one big explosion of revenge in the end. The big difference is that Next of Kin stays interesting through the whole movie right up to and including the end and still has some really great action scenes to boot.

The cast as previously mentioned is very well done fortunately for Mr. Irvin. Swayze plays a convincing cop and mountain boy and him and Helen Hunt have decent chemistry for their brief on screen moments. Adam Baldwin as the blood thirsty villain does a good job (not as good his later performance in Joss Whedon's Serenity (aka Firefly) as Jayne but he is convincing as the bad guy. Ben Stiller's brief role is also quite good as the smarter villain but he doesn't last long. Overall Next of Kin is a decent entry in the eighties action genre. It has it's moments and is worth checking out for those full of nostalgia.
April 13, 2014
Embarrassed to say I like this movie even though the stereo types of Mafia and Hill Billy's is so ridiculous...
October 11, 2011
Great all around movie with a very strong message on family and what you will do to protect them. Excellent example of finding the limit and when and where to cross it.
June 5, 2009
Great family movie, this is how family should stick together!






Great movie, this is how family should stick together.
½ December 31, 2008
Hillbillies vs. the mob. Shows you where Patrick Swayze was in his career then. For Liam, this was a far cry from Excalibur.
December 23, 2008
Hillbillies take on the mob. That's really all you need to know in order to come to the conclusion this one of the best movies ever. Number two in the Swayze cannon for sheer brilliance.
½ January 15, 2008
If he wasn't in roadhouse he would never have had the idea he was a hard ass and could have been a blessing for us all... but they had to make this didn't they
½ January 6, 2008
Anything with Swayze as an action hero is worth seeing once. When Bill Paxton is his brother, it's worth owning.
November 12, 2007
This one I can understand the meaning when man kills his baby brother and the other brother from the south comes for revenge and he is killed, then you get the intire family, for me I have the same model cause I am born a southern and raised the same way..
½ September 2, 2007
liked this movie and the coming together of 2 families to settle their differences. It is truely a modern Hatfield and McCoy
August 20, 2007
A modern Hatfield, and McCoy, set in a big city, but this time, it's with an Italian Mafia, one of which murders a Hillbillie man, who happens to be a Detective's baby brother.
½ July 10, 2007
Great cast (including a younger Adam Baldwin!!!) and some cool scenarios. It's not great, but it's enjoyable and fun cheese. It has no gripes about what kind of movie it is, just does what it does. Also, Liam Neeson as a cajun....just let that sink in a moment. :)
½ May 24, 2007
Somewhat good. County-boys brother is killed in the city, country boy shows up to kick some ass. Got some good lines. Worth a viewing.
½ March 10, 2007
Loved It:::: Maybe it's because I am from the south. However, I sure did understand the concept of the movie only too well. A good movie to watch whether from the North or South.
½ April 18, 2015
Slow moving and melodramatic thriller but Swayze and Neeson make this a worthwhile.one time watch.
½ October 13, 2014
Any action film led by Patrick Swayze is worth a viewing in my opinion, so Next of Kin was right up there.

It doesn't take all that long before it becomes clear that Next of Kin is lacking in any kind of story. Unlike the other Patrick Swayze action venture released the same year titled Road House, there is no glamour or energy in Next of Kin which causes it to suffer in both in comparison and in general. By comparison, Next of Kin is far inferior because it follows the same basic premise of Patrick Swayze serving as a one man sheriff getting into a lot of fights at bars all over town. But there is no fun in it. There is no style, there is no originality, and there are neerly no cheap gimmicks to keep audiences going. It's surprising how many big names are lined up for the cast of Next of Kin, particularly considering how many of the actors would go on to have very high profile careers such as Helen Hunt who would win an Academy Award and Liam Neeson who is one of today's most recognised celebrities, as well as Ben Stiller, Adam Baldwin and Bill Paxton. The fact that they all got together for the one film is interesting, but it capitalises on none of their talents and simply wastes their time as well as it wastes ours.
Next of Kin just feels lifeless, and its premise ensures that the only way it can succeed is as a guilty pleasure. But the issue is that even then it takes itself too seriously. Next of Kin is too focused on telling its lacklustre story to put the appropriate amount of action in which is a shame because it ensures that there is no action up until 63 minutes in the film. By then, viewers will already have been so bored by the film that their opinions would have been made up. That was the case with me, because especially that fact that the entire first hour of Next of Kin came up way too short was more than enough to keep me from being entertained by it. The general premise in it is a dull and basic revenge tale where the act demanding vengeance occurs shortly into the film but the vengeance itself requires audiences to wait around for way to long to witness. Audiences have to wait 63 minutes for the film to get the slightest bit interesting at which time it turns into a bar brawl between Liam Neeson and Patrick Swayze which is far superior in terms of surface value than the actual execution. It's really simple to explain just how flawed Next of Kin is: it squanders its talented cast on a story which is not engaging at all and a director who is unable to elevate it beyond the cheap limitations of its weak script. It is nothing more than a forgettable film which tries to be a crime drama but lacks a decent story and has not enough action to be the guilty pleasure it could have.
The visual style of the film is even far too conventional which really works to point out just how cheap the production is. It's incredible that Next of Kin had almost the same budget as Road House and yet looks a lot cheaper. The difference between the two would have to boil down to the difference in director. Rowdy Herrington gave a certain spirit to Road House which made it a top notch B-movie and a great guilty pleasure, while John Irvin simply used the money for its most basic purposes. He seems to have no creative vision for the film, and so it all ends up looking like an episode of a cheap crime drama stretched to feature length, and thanks to the lacklustre story it genuinely feels like one too.
Frankly, everything in Next of Kin is just too boring. I had hoped for the film to feature Patrick Swayze either kicking some ass on a consistent basis or shooting up some bad guys, but the quantity of action came up way too short in quantity and the quality was not that great. Even his screen time was surprisingly low. It is a lot more of a story oriented film, but the fact is that the story is sh*t and there is no screenplay or visual style to protect from that. Next of Kin is an example of a film built on nothing but weak elements which is a senseless and slow moving bore marketed as a Patrick Swayze action vehicle despite failing to bring any of his good aspects into the part.
The presence of Liam Neeson is a welcome one. While the material does not come close to living up to his extent of skill, his casting is a welcome one simply because of the fact that it's Liam Neeson in the role and because to a certain extent he is able to use grit to engage in the role. He made a fairly compelling case in his role. He surely stands out from the cast by being intense and involved in the material, more involved than anyone could expect considering the nature of the film, so it is at least good to see him helping the film out slightly.

But despite Liam Neeson's presence, Next of Kin is a boring and uninvolving crime drama with no originality, little potential for Patrick Swayze to work with and genuinely nothing to really be entertained by.
½ September 26, 2014
Imagine TV's "Justified" as a cheesy, late '80s drama and you'll get "Next of Kin." The cast is the most impressive part: Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson, Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Adam Baldwin, Ben Stiller (as a mobster's son), and the one-armed man from "The Fugitive" (as the mobster).
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