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Son of a Gun

Thriller . Drama . Crime . Action

Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia's most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch, but protection comes at a price.

Actors: Brendan Kerkvliet , Marko Jovanović , Eddie Baroo , Damon Herriman , Nash Edgerton , Tom Budge , Matthew Nable , Jacek Koman , Alicia Vikander , Brenton Thwaites , Ewan McGregor
Directors: Julius Avery
Release: 2014-12-11
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  • Chris Nashawaty

    Son of a Gun becomes a somewhat predictable but excitingly twisty heist film involving a double-dealing Russian heavy, a desperate femme fatale, and a fortune in gold bars. It has just enough muscle and style to make the familiar feel fresh.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    McGregor, who is having a bit of comeback moment right now, is kind of great as the ruthless antihero, and the action set pieces have plenty of fizz.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Trevor Johnston

    It’s all put together with a crisp confidence that suggests its writer-director will swiftly move on to bigger things.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Jamie Graham

    Never sure if it wants to be a hard-edged character drama or pacy action-thriller, Son Of A Gun has plenty to admire between the tonal wobbles.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    Son Of A Gun has the gritty, rough feel of 1970s heist/hit picture

    Empire Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    Bolstered by strong performances and a tight narrative, Son Of A Gun is an admirable debut film from Avery, and a worthy new entry into Australia’s burgeoning class of crime features.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    At least three entertaining films are jostling for position in Australian writer-director Julius Avery’s messily propulsive debut feature, Son of a Gun — and if none ultimately emerges dominant, the red-blooded tussle between them is never dull to watch.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Unfortunately, this promising material turns out to be merely the setup for a thoroughly generic action flick in which a gang of thieves without much honor attempt to pull off one last big heist. In the long, dispiriting slide to mediocrity thereafter, McGregor largely relapses into cute-rascal mode.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Maybe so much of Son of a Gun seems boring and directionless because so little of the dialogue is comprehensible. This is a problem that tanks so many imports these days.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Son of a Gun, from first-time feature director Julius Avery, begins with an enticingly dark first act in jail, but descends steadily downward into a mass of clichés.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The milieu — coastal-industrial Australia — is interesting, with its stoner arms dealers and crazed thugs of every age. But what sells Son of a Gun is McGregor’s presence and performance, a guy using and mentoring a gullible but gutsy young man, trying to impart the wisdom of the wizened con to the kid.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Like so many meathead action thrillers, it's too busy fogging the windows with hot air to see the big picture.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Oliver Lyttelton

    Avery can't commit to whether he's making a gritty "Animal Kingdom"-style crime picture, or a light caper film, and the final result is wonky in the extreme, particularly in the conclusion, which feels particularly muddled.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • John Bleasdale

    There are some dumb thrills to be had but there is also the sense here of an ambition not quite realised.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    Although first-time feature writer-director Julius Avery may aspire to become a sort of Aussie Michael Mann — and perhaps lays an apt foundation here to do so — he has a ways to go in developing the kind of characters and world we can solidly invest in.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Son of a Gun adds to the mystique that Australian crime films are meaner, nastier and more brutish than their American counterparts. But it changes style roughly every half-hour. And behind its macho preening is a preposterous, routinely executed story.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Without Ewan McGregor in the lead, this flashy but aggressively superficial Aussie thriller would likely disappear without a trace.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Stephen Dalton

    While Avery handles the kinetic action set-piece with impressive swagger for a first-timer, his self-penned screenplay is a major weak point.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Christopher Gray

    The film has the requisite iconography of a crime thriller, but no investment in any of it.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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