Young Rá lives a rough life on the streets of Medellín. His best friends and brothers-in-law Sere and Winny support him in street fights or petty criminal activities. They are always aware that this life is not healthy in the long run. But hope for a normal life seems to be within reach.
Rá receives word that he can reclaim the piece of land he inherited from his grandmother from the government. A great joy arises, and so they make their way to the Colombian hinterland together with two other friends, Culebro and Nano. They attach themselves to everything that has wheels in order to somehow get forward. On their way, the friends meet various strangers, some of whom meet the boys with open arms. But this rocky path also harbors many dangers. The longer the journey, the more their friendship is put to the test.
The Kings of the World offers an exciting opening with great shots of Medellín. Fearless teenagers engaging in dangerous one-on-one battles and the poverty that literally jumps in the viewer’s face. The film may remind some of their own wild phases of youth. But as soon as the boys leave Medellín, it stretches out and tries to combine the rather uneventful road trip with the beautiful landscape of Colombia. Unfortunately, this project sinks into obscurity.