Son of a Gun Movie Review
These days, there are more movies than ever that don't receive a major theatrical release despite having all the right ingredients. The new heist/action thriller Son of a Gun has some star power in Ewan McGregor, a semi-unpredictable story and some exciting action sequences--and yet you've probably never heard of it, nor will you ever see it.
An Australian flick, Son of a Gun has McGregor as a surprisingly convincing notorious criminal who enlists a 19-year-old inmate (Brenton Thwaites) to help him break out of prison, and then commit an ambitious gold heist. Naturally, things go wrong, ultimately pitting the two against each other.
Alicia Vikander also has something to do with the plot, though primarily she is there to provide some sexual intrigue.
Son of a Gun changes course several times over the course of two hours, shifting between drama and thriller and keeping you guessing as to where it will end. Its unpredictability is a major perk, though when the story has concluded, you realize the movie isn’t particularly unique. Still, writer/director Julius Avery overcomes its minor shortcomings with a strong screenplay and slick direction.
While by no means groundbreaking, Son of a Gun is an entertaining, cat-and-mouse thriller that offers more than enough thrills to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.