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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. Beginning as tough-minded prison drama, careering into daffily escapist caper territory and concluding somewhere in between, this London Film Festival competition entry casts Ewan McGregor brashly against type as a grizzled master thief mentoring a teenage inmate (Brenton Thwaites) through a high-stakes heist that goes inevitably off-plan. Slicker than it is smart — notwithstanding some strained chess metaphors — Avery’s film packs only moderate crossover potential, but serves as a neat calling card for bigger-ticket genre assignments. Released earlier this week Down Under, “Gun” has already secured U.S. distribution with A24.
“Things are not as you imagine,” a character intones at more than juncture in “Son of a Gun,” as the action grows ever farther-fetched. »
- Guy Lodge
Son of a Gun, 2014
Directed by Julius Avery.
An incarcerated career criminal offers protection to a young inmate who has to return the favour by orchestrating his prison escape upon being released and assisting in a multimillion dollar gold heist.
A 19 year old felon is sent to prison for a six month term where he encounters a notorious bank robber serving a two decade sentence who is impressed by his fearlessness in approaching him and thwarting a sexual assault of an inmate. With the looming threat of the sexual predators turning their attention towards him, the teenager is offered protection by the career criminal in exchange of arranging a daring helicopter prison escape.
While hiding from the authorities, an opportunity for a multimillion dollar gold heist is presented to the wanted outlaws; they »
- Trevor Hogg
Entertainment One has released the first Son of a Gun clip. The Australian thriller follows a young man (Brenton Thwaites) who becomes the apprentice of a calculating crime boss (Ewan McGregor). The clip shows what looks like the meet-cute between the two in prison, where the apprentice walks by and shows the boss where he went wrong in his chess game. McGregor is more intimidating than I expected. Alicia Vikander, Jacek Koman, Matt Nable, and Tom Budge also star in the feature directorial debut of Julius Avery. There is no U.S. release date yet, but Son of a Gun opens October 14 in Australia. Watch the Son of a Gun clip after the break. Official synopsis: "An edge-of-your-seat heist thriller starring Ewan McGregor and talented newcomer Brenton Thwaites, Son of a Gun tells the story of a young man who is drawn into the lawless world of a notorious criminal. »
- Brendan Bettinger
..It is such a proud and exciting moment for everyone involved in Son of a Gun to be in official competition at a festival as historic and respected as the BFI London Film Festival,. Avery said.
Thwaites plays 19-year-old Jr, who is drawn into the lawless world of a notorious criminal. Serving six months for a minor offence,. he quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. After a chance encounter, he finds himself under the watchful eye of Brendan Lynch »
- Don Groves
The story follows a team of U.S. archaeologists who discover they are being hunted by unknown forces after finding a lost pyramid in Egypt. Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Denis O'Hare, Amir K and Christa Nicola star.
- Garth Franklin
Moulin Rouge! is a mixed bag. It’s an idea that looks good on paper, but looks horrendous in execution. It’s a film where it should have the ability to make all the right emotional pivots, but succumbs to an ostentation that exists in its final product, making this a hallmark for director Baz Lurhmann’s career. I appreciate him, in an odd way, for injecting a very strange version of romance in his films, one that, in Moulin Rouge!, is wonderfully cynical and melancholy. In almost all of his work, his maximalism overshadows some of the most interesting aspects of the films (the sole exception being Strictly Ballroom, his first feature): the post-modern comments on capitalism in William Shakespeare’s Romeo+ Juliet, the inherent frivolity of “freedom, beauty, truth, and love” in Moulin Rouge!, and the hollow decadence of the parties in The Great Gatsby. But everything »
- Kyle Turner
Just ahead of its debut as the Cinefest Oz's opener, the first Son of a Gun images have landed online. Julius Avery's directorial debut stars Brenton Thwaites (The Giver) as Jr, a young man who becomes a protégé of Australia's most notorious criminal Brendan Lynch (Ewan McGregor). "Locked up for a minor crime, Jr quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. There is no survival guide. Keep your head down, do your time, get out. Protection – if you can get it – is paramount." These images don't look like they show much of the lockup, but I'm still intrigued by the premise, and hopefully we'll get to see the film in the U.S. soon. Hit the jump to check out the Son of a Gun images and poster. The film also stars Alicia Vikander, Jacek Koman, Matt Nable, and Tom Budge. Son of a Gun opens in Australia in October, »
- Matt Goldberg
LevelK to handle international distribution on feature adapted from con artist stage show.
Spall, best known for his roles in the Harry Potter franchise and Mike Leigh’s films including the upcoming Mr Turner, will play an conman in the feature.
Luc, who has more than 2 million subscribers on YouTube, will play Lawrence, an 18-year-old Chinese Australian who cheats in his high school final year exams and fails to get into medicine.
Banished to stay with his uncle for the summer, Lawrence meets the Professor (Spall), a colourful, ageing conman and so begins a road-trip with the Professor and his daughter Sarah, played by Lily Sullivan. Other cast members include Kat Stewart and Jacek Koman.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Luc plays Lawrence, an 18-year-old Chinese Australian who cheats in his high school final year exams and fails to get into medicine. Banished to stay with his uncle for the summer, Lawrence meets Spall.s the Professor, a colourful, ageing conman.
Lawrence begins a road trip with the Professor and his daughter Sarah (Lily Sullivan) as the Professor teaches Lawrence the art of swindling and cheating, while from Sarah he learns a hard lesson in unrequited love.
As Lawrence and the Professor plan their biggest scam, the teenager and Sarah plan a swindle of their own. and Lawrence is forced to make a choice between love, life and lies. Kat Stewart is cast as Sarah.s mother and Jacek Koman »
- Don Groves
9 items from 2014
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