AMC’s ‘Kin’ Offers a Slow-Burn Family Crime Drama With Stand-Out Performances

We love crime dramas. There’s something about a show centered around a criminal family that we love watching. Shows like Peaky Blinders and Kingdom are/were so popular because of this central theme. If you’re looking for something to fill the hole that Boardwalk Empire left behind, Kin may be something you want to check out.

– Kin _ Season 1, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Patrick Redmond/AMC+

Here’s the official synopsis of Kin:

A boy is killed and his family embark on a gangland war with an international cartel – a war that is impossible to win. It’s David and Goliath. Out-numbered, out-financed and out-gunned, the Kinsellas find themselves holed up in their Dublin stronghold while their businesses fail, and family members and associates are picked off. But they have something the cartel does not: the unbreakable bonds of blood and family. Kin is a world where gangsters are treated like reality stars, with nicknames and celebrity status, where assassins dress up as women, and drug dealers keep exotic pets in their den. A world of drugs and guns and murder and loyalty and family and men…and a woman.

The thing that makes Kin different than other popular family crime dramas is its slow-burn style. We’re so used to fast cars, massive gun fights, and explosive arguments that we don’t often appreciate stories that take its time. This is what Kin does. It takes its time and showcases beautiful long-shots, tense cinematography, and well-timed dialogue.

The Strong Performances

The strongest performances come from Aidan Gillen, Charlie Cox, and Claire Dunne. While I walked into this show wanting to solely focus on Cox (as I’m a huge fan), I really found myself captivated with Gillen’s performance. While I was aware of his acting capabilities from his performances in Game of Thrones and Peaky Blinders, I found myself liking him the most in this show. I think that he plays a great blend of assertive and intellectually sound.

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– Kin _ Season 1, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Patrick Redmond/AMC+

Like I said before, Kin is a slower, calmer series that is the kind of show that you really need to sit down and be focused on. If you’re on your phone or doing something else while watching Kin, you aren’t going to appreciate it the way that you should. I highly suggest watching Kin and really getting invested in the story – I think it’s a well-written show with really intense situations. The stakes are incredibly high in this crime drama and I certainly think if you are a fan of these sorts of shows, you’ll enjoy sitting down and watching it.

Rating: 4/5

Kin premieres on AMC on September 9th.

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