Movie Review : Son of a Gun

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JR (Thwaites) is sentenced to 6 months jail for a minor crime. He tries to keep to himself but soon requires the protection of hardened crim Brendan (McGregor) and his cronies Sterlo (Nable) and Merv (Baroo) But this protection comes at a price and no sooner is JR released than it is time for him to repay.

Once Brendan is out of prison, he expects JR to assist with an organised heist at a Kalgoorlie gold mining company. I must admit that I don’t usually do a lot of homework before I see a movie, so Brendan’s ‘release’ from prison was unexpected, brazen and just a little bit cool.

What follows is a tangled web of deceit, back-stabbing and double-crossing of almost Machiavellian proportions.

This movie is amazing! It is the best movie I have seen in a very long time and it’s Director Julius Avery’s debut feature film. Yup, first go and he absolutely nails it. He co-wrote the script and it doesn’t let go, not for a second. It is tight, well structured and with enough plots twists and backstabbing to have me lamenting the absence of a rewind button.

We never get any real insight or back story to any characters, but I liked that. I liked that your imagination could fill in the gaps. Or not. A script that refuses to drip feed it’s audience. Thank you!

McGregor plays his character with just enough menace to be intimidating but not entirely unlikable. He is very clever and enjoys an ongoing long distance chess game with Russian mob boss Sam (Koman), an analogy for the entire movie.

JR is young and a little naive but clearly has his wits about him. Thwaites gives him a youthful vulnerability but when JR falls for the mysterious Tasha (Vikander), he exposes himself to more than just a possible broken heart.

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A love of chess is shared by the 3 key characters in the movie….. Brendan, JR and Sam. As in the game, sometimes in real life you make a move and with that move, you are fully committed…. you can never go back. Son of a Gun is a movie about such a move. Once JR accepted Brendan’s protection in jail, regardless of his other options, the die was cast. He would have to play this game out, there was no escape clause.

The ensuing events only ever had one possible outcome. Or do they? All good chess players know the advantages of sacrificing a pawn or two to protect the King. But even the best player can be felled by a single wrong move.

The trick is to work out who the players really are.

I suggest you don’t walk but run to see this movie. It is just that good. As always, support your local industry!

4.5 out of 5 stars 😉

Love Flick xx

Director :  Julius Avery

Starring :  Brenton Thwaites, Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander, Matt Nable, Damon Herriman, Nash Edgerton, Jacek Koman, Jesse McGinn, Eddie Baroo

Running Time :  108 minutes

Release Date :  16 October 2014

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