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Reviewed by Dean Malandrini
Review Date: 19 April 2003
Distributed by:
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Running Time: 84 Minutes

‘Next of Kin’ stars Patrick Swayze, Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Ben Stiller and Liam Neeson (what a great relief to go through the credits and find Neeson’s name – it was bugging me the whole movie).


Swayze gives probably one of his best performances playing Truman, a city cop from ‘the hills’. When a man in Truman’s large hick family (one of their ‘kin’) is killed, any and every man in the family avenges his death.


Years later, Truman’s brother Gerald (Paxton) gets caught up with the mafia and is murdered.  At Gerald’s funeral Truman’s family decide they must seek revenge.  They send the eldest brother, Bryer (Neeson) to avenge Gerald’s death the way that their kin have been doing for years – ‘an eye for an eye’.


With Truman being a cop the conflict between the two brothers is set.  Truman pursues the killers in the ‘right way’ and Bryer in the wrong way (the ‘hills way’).  Bryer’s search for the killers leads him in the right direction, but with Truman right on his trail he can’t get too far.


The search for Gerald’s killers goes on until both his entire family and the mafia family are drawn in.  With superior intellect and hunting skills, Truman’s family appear to have the upper hand in their war against the mafia.  The mafia, on the other hand, boast superior firepower, making this a bloody conflict.


This is a good movie you’re in the mood for eighties action.  It’s better than the majority of action films made in this era.


However, the DVD portion of the movie isn’t flash at all.  ‘Next of Kin’ may as well have stayed on VHS.  With no extras and just as good quality as any VHS tape, this isn’t DVD worthy.  If you are having trouble getting it on VHS, DVD is your only choice. 


The DVD version is not an upgrade in sound or picture quality from the VHS, so merely retaining the first generation of the film is worthwhile.  If you like the movie, don’t hesitate to buy it.  It’s still a good buy, though not one of the best in my collection.

lephant Juice is a good movie, though I still have no idea what elephant juice actually means, I only heard the lead character say it during a toast at the end.  The story revolves around a group of friends and their personal relationships.  Not only do the sexual relations happen outside the circle of friends but at times there is some switching of partners. 

If relationships in England are actually like this, I want to go.  With cheating and lying running rampant all over the movie there are plenty of opportunities for confrontations, and of course situations that will make you laugh. 

Now all you guys out there that are going to say this is a chick flick, it really isn't that bad, you will laugh and the ladies will enjoy it too.  With the guys and girls in the movie cheating on their significant others and lies about who's baby is whose, you'll be quite amused with the pathetic excuses these guys come up with. 

A good movie, not one to go past when in the video store, though I would suggest seeing it before you buy, as it’s one of those that you have to see first it won't be for everyone but you will enjoy watching it. 

No faults or glitches are present during the feature either, in sound or picture quality. Obviously being a situation movie with no form of great sound breaking action scenes there’s not a particular time where you can really judge the sound clarity.

Elephant Juice Features

  • Theatrical Trailer


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