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5 items from 2015


Movie Review – Son of a Gun (2014)

5 February 2015 1:58 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Son of a Gun, 2014.

Directed by Julius Avery.

Starring Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander, Jacek Koman, Matt Nable, Tom Budge and Nash Edgerton.

Synopsis:

Jr busts out of prison with Brendan Lynch, Australia’s most notorious criminal, and joins Lynch’s gang for a gold heist that soon pits the two men against one another.

Sound the alarm; it’s the Pointless Film Alert!

We’ve been down this road many times and probably too often than we should have. There’s this young guy and he’s a good kid in general but, wouldn’t you know it, he made a few wrong life decisions and here he is in jail. Along comes a career criminal and his gang to use the kid to get what they want (freedom, money, the usual) and maybe a friendship is made and broken along the way.

Son of a Gun offers »

- Gary Collinson

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Second Opinion – Son of a Gun (2014)

3 February 2015 2:05 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Son of a Gun, 2014.

Directed by Julius Avery.

Starring Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander, Jacek Koman, Matt Nable, Tom Budge and Nash Edgerton.

Synopsis:

Jr busts out of prison with Brendan Lynch, Australia’s most notorious criminal, and joins Lynch’s gang for a gold heist that soon pits the two men against one another.

The grittiness of prison life is shown from the very start of Julius Avery’s debut feature film Son of a Gun. We’re introduced to 19 year old Jr (Thwaites) as he enters a maximum security prison in Australia. We don’t know what he has done but an allegiance is quickly formed with notorious criminal Brendan Lynch (McGregor). After being released from prison, Jr helps break Brendan out and chaos ensues.

Son of a Gun is visually stunning to watch. Cinematographer Nigel Bluck has outdone himself by showing the desolate areas of Australia, »

- Helen Murdoch

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Movie Review – Son of a Gun (2014)

1 February 2015 3:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Son of a Gun, 2014.

Directed by Julius Avery.

Starring Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander, Jacek Koman, Matt Nable, Tom Budge and Nash Edgerton.

Synopsis:

Jr busts out of prison with Brendan Lynch, Australia’s most notorious criminal, and joins Lynch’s gang for a gold heist that soon pits the two men against one another.

The output from Australian cinema has reached its most productive and successful level for a few years. New filmmakers, actors and production companies are thriving in amongst the big hitters of Hollywood, and some hugely gifted talent has been imported into the minds of the UK public. David Michod, James Wan, Joel Edgerton and Mia Wasikowska are just a few examples of the talented individuals who have Hollywood salivating. Next in line is debutant writer/director Julius Avery, who brings his first film, Son of a Gun, to the UK.

It’s a Scot, »

- Gary Collinson

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Son Of A Gun Review

19 January 2015 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Julius Avery

Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander, Matt Nable, Damon Herriman, Jacek Koman

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 108 minutes

Synopsis: Jr (Thwaites), finds himself in need of protection during his 6 month stint in prison. He finds it in the form of notorious bankrobber Brendan (McGregor). However, everything comes at a price, and this may be something Jr is paying back for a long time. 

Son Of A Gun is one of those rare films that embraces its clichés and runs with them. It’s not an entirely predictable affair, but you’ll certainly recognise the tropes that are embedded within this crime/heist flick with familiar ingredients, but unique presentation.

Starting as a prison drama, Thwaites gives us the typical fish out of water. Serving a measly 6 months, he soon finds himself attracting the attention of the local prison rapists. Thankfully, he’s made friendships with the prison’s most dangerous and respected man, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Son of a Gun | Review

14 January 2015 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Gunsmoke: Avery’s Able-bodied Debut Dulled by Familiar Tropes

The less familiar you are with the dramatic crime genre, perhaps the more engaged you’ll be with Julius Avery’s serviceable directorial debut, Son of a Gun. Nearly every narrative twist and character tic feels lifted from another film, so much so that one would readily believe this to be a direct remake of something, replete with a chess allegory that seems perfectly banal. Yet, Avery’s film is not a direct remake, but rather a mosaic of genre film tropes, which would have been made all the more compelling if it had managed to present vigorously arresting characters. Yet the three main miscreants are merely the types of vagabonds that litter these terrains, negating the passionate bonds we’re supposed to believe whirls them into such dramatic, dire scenarios.

Jr (Brenton Thwaites) is a 19 year old criminal sentenced to »

- Nicholas Bell

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