Netflix’s Grudge (2021) Review: A Mood-Killer

Grudge, or Kin, a Turkish thriller, is now out on Netflix. Directed by Türkan Derya, the film stars Yılmaz Erdoğan, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Cem Yiğit Üzümoğlu, Rüzgar Aksoy, and Duygu Sarışın. The 1 hours 46 minutes Turkish movie is dubbed and has also has subtitles in English.

The synopsis reads – “Ahead of a promotion, a police chief becomes embroiled in a fatal incident and uncovers a grudge-fueled plot that threatens his associates.”

Netflix’s Grudge Review Contains No Spoilers

A police chief officer Harun (played by Yılmaz Erdoğan), gets promotion as a result of a big case. Harun celebrates it with his team of officers with a few drinks and dinner. After the celebration, they all head home. Harun hires a taxi, talks to his family on call and falls asleep. However, the taxi driver takes Harun to a secluded location and attempts to kill him.

Harun escapes the attack and ends up killing the man. The next day, the taxi driver is found hung up on a crane amid the busy city. The summary I’ve mentioned is also what we have seen in the trailer. All of this happens in the first 20 minutes.

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Later, Harun is assigned to investigate the case and find the culprit who killed the taxi driver. I would’ve taken the story seriously, but the main plot is very absurd. Harun, a promoted police chief officer is a man who knows how the law works. Yet, he is scared to tell his senior that an unknown man attacked him, for some reason only known to the makers. He hesitates to reveal that in an attempt to save his life, the man got killed as an act of self-defence!

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Had Harun informed his senior officials, they would’ve investigated the motive and main culprit. They would’ve decided Harun’s fate also as per the law. When the primary plot is silly, it becomes hard for me to take anything else sincerely. Yes, there were 2 twists in Netflix’s Grudge. But the writing is weak, fails to engross you and the twists have no impact.

A revenge thriller should at least have a strong purpose for characters to act in a certain way. In this story, whatever motive the main villain had to kill Harun was not solid enough.

Grudge Review: Final Thoughts

Overall, the thriller is a mood-killer. After the exciting build-up in the first 20 minutes, it fails to serve a good story, suspense or point of view. For a change, I saw a police officer who did not have a broken family. Harun’s family life is normal, and for that, I’d give them a cookie.

Turkish movie Grudge 2021 is now streaming on Netflix.

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Grudge Review: The latest Turkish thriller on Netflix fails to impress.


  1. My husband and I agree with you totally. We read some other reviews that ignore the fatal flaw in the plot that you have pointed out. There is no apparent reason why the chief Inspector Harun would have covered up his self defense killing of the cab driver. Also it does not appear that the chief inspector and his boss actually framed Father the father of the two vengeful children. From all that we could see in the plot the evidence supported the arrest and conviction of the father.

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