Son of a Gun

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Son of a Gun

Julius Avery (2013)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Ewan McGregor makes a decent fist of playing against type in this debut movie from Australian director Julius Avery, but the film's determination to pack multiple genres into a single film will likely leave audiences wishing he'd concentrated on just the one. McGregor's hard-bitten professional bank robber is serving a 25-year prison sentence when he is befriended by a teenage petty criminal (Brenton Thwaites) struggling to survive his own six months inside. McGregor agrees to help protect the youngster - but at a price. What begins as a gritty prison flick suddenly performs a hairpin turn into escape-movie territory, complete with machine-gun battles and helicopter chases, before it swerves into a heist-gone-awry set-up, as the fugitives attempt to turn over a gold mine. McGregor sails through the movie, obviously having great fun as a recidivist thief who won't let anything get in the way of his plans, and doe-eyed Thwaites is appealingly naive as the kid who looks, unwisely, towards him as the father figure missing from his own life. Sadly, Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) is disappointingly underused as Thwaites's love interest, while the underwritten blackly comedic ending proves to be at least one genre shift too far.


An Australian teen jailed for a minor offence is taken under the protective wing of a veteran criminal. On his release, the youngster is invited to join the older man's gang, which is in the process of planning a major gold heist, but finds his loyalties put to the test. Crime drama, starring Brenton Thwaites, Ewan McGregor and Alicia Vikander.

Cast & Crew

Brendan Lynch Ewan McGregor
JR Brenton Thwaites
Tasha Alicia Vikander
Sam Lennox Jacek Koman
Sterlo Matt Nable
Josh Tom Budge
Merv Eddie Baroo
Chris Nash Edgerton
Private Wilson Damon Herriman
Ken Marko Jovanovic
Director Julius Avery
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Koch MediaGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuseAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 30 Jan 2015