Neither a buddy-buddy action-comedy nor a pyrotechnical showcase of explosions and stunts, NEXT OF KIN--an intelligently made and moodily atmospheric action melodrama--provides solid, satisfying entertainment while demonstrating just how effective a fully realized genre film can be.
Chicago cop Truman Gates (Patrick Swayze) has alienated his rural Kentucky kinfolk, especially older brother Briar (Liam Neeson), by moving to the big city and convincing younger brother Gerald (Bill Paxton) to do so also. But then Gerald runs afoul of Chicago's Mafia organization, led by John
Isabella (Andreas Katsulas). While the plot mechanics of NEXT OF KIN are not appreciably bette...