Son of a Gun is an Australian crime thriller film. The film was written and directed by Julius Avery. It features Brenton Thwaites, Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander and Jacek Koman. Principal photography began in late February of 2013 at the locations of Perth, Kalgoorlie and Melbourne, Australia.
In May 2014, A24 Films and DirecTV Cinema gained the U.S distribution rights to the movie. The film had its premiere at the Cinefest Oz Film Festival on 20 August 2014. The movie was shown at the London Film Festival on 17 October 2014. The movie made its opening in Australia on 16 October 2014 as it was released on DirecTV Cinema on 11 December 2014, before making a release in a limited release and through video on demand on 16 January 2015.
The movie’s cast comprised of Ewan McGregor as Brendan Lynch, Brenton Thwaites as Jesse Ryan “JR” White, Alicia Vikander as Tasha, Jacek Koman as Sam, Matt Nable as Sterlo, Tom Budge as Josh, Nash Edgerton as Chris and Damon Herriman as Wilson.
The plot of the movie focuses on a young 19 year old boy who is locked up for a minor crime. The 19 year old boy, named as JR instantly finds himself in a hostile place as gets to learn the unkind realities of prison life. In the horrid air of the jail, protection was a paramount if you could get your hands on it. But protection comes with a price as JR quickly finds himself under the observant eye of Australia’s most infamous criminal, Brendan Lynch. Lynch and his gang have schemes for their new young protégée. Upon his release, JR must help secure Lynch’s liberty, attempting an intrepid jail break. In return of his duties, Jr’s summoned to become a member of the crew as they plan a gold heist that assures to deliver millions of dollars. But, as things start to go wrong and JR finds himself in a deadly cat and mouse game and becomes insecure about whom he can trust and on a collision course with his ex-guru.
The movie was met with mixed to positive reviews from the critics. The critics called the movie as a part rough prison drama, part cynical gang thriller and part sneaky heist caper as “Son of a Gun’’ could switch genres with profligate ease.