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Son of a Gun (2014)

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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.

Director:

Julius Avery

Writers:

Julius Avery, John Collee (additional material)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenton Thwaites ... JR
Brendan Kerkvliet Brendan Kerkvliet ... Prison Officer
Matt Flannagan ... Prison Officer
Geoff Kelso Geoff Kelso ... Prison Officer
Peter Neaves ... Prison Officer
Ewan McGregor ... Brendan Lynch
Matt Nable ... Sterlo
Eddie Baroo ... Merv
Kazimir Sas ... JR's Cellmate
Sam Hutchin Sam Hutchin ... Dave
Craig Sparrowhawk Craig Sparrowhawk ... Dave's Crony
Jared De' Har ... Dave's Crony (as Jared Dehar)
Karl Knight Karl Knight ... Solitary Officer
Jacek Koman ... Sam Lennox
Tom Budge ... Josh
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Storyline

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. Lynch and his crew have plans for their young protegee. Upon release, JR must help secure Lynch's freedom, staging a daring prison break. As a reward, he's invited to join the crew as they plan a gold heist that promises to deliver millions. However, as things start to go wrong, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. JR finds himself unsure of whom he can trust and on a collision course with his former mentor. Written by Anonymous

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Gold is thicker than blood. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language throughout, some sexuality, nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

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Australia | UK | Canada

Language:

English | Serbo-Croatian

Release Date:

11 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fenegyerek See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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John Collee, famed Australian screenwriter of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) and _Happy Feet_, helped Julius Avery get his screenplay into a more commercial place. See more »

Goofs

The Fischer/Spassky game Brendan describes was game 6 in the 1972 World Championship. 2 errors, firstly Fischer played white and secondly, in demonstrating, Brendan illegally moves the black knight from one side of the board to the other. See more »

Quotes

JR: Here's some proof that the bonobos aren't dying out.
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Soundtracks

Forever Young
Performed by Interactive
"Forever Young"
Composer: Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd, Frank Mertens
Producer: Ramon Zenker, Andreas Schneider, Jens Lissat
Vocals by Marc Innocent
Courtesy of Uptight Songs GmbH
Published by Native Tongue Music Publishing Pty Ltd obo Budde Music
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Unoriginal but entertaining enough
14 August 2016 | by rogerdarlingtonSee all my reviews

This crime thriller is only original in that it is Australian rather than American (or British) and presents a much darker side of the nation than we usually see in the movies. Written and directed by Julius Avery as his first full-length feature, this is an accomplished work centred on the relationship between hardened criminal Brendan Lynch (Scottish Ewan McGregor as the 'Gun') and minor felon 19 year old JR (Australian newcomer Brenton Thwaites as the 'Son').

It seems very unlikely that these two would be incarcerated in the same high security prison but I guess that, if they hadn't been, we'd have had no plot. I confess that I rented the film to see Swedish actress Alicia Vikander but she has a fairly small role as a gangster's moll from Eastern Europe. Even if unoriginal and sporting too many references to monkeys, there is plenty of violence, action and double-crossing in this entertaining rampage with a hot soundtrack.


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