First time offender JR (Brenton Thwaites) finds that accepting protection in prison from Australia's most notorious criminal (Ewan McGregor) comes with strings attached.
Young offender JR (Brenton Thwaites) is protected in prison by veteran armed robber Brendan (Ewan McGregor). After his release, JR helps his friend escape and joins a crew put together by a crime boss to carry out a risky gold heist.
Though full of contemporary crime signifiers like disposable mobile phones and Russian-accented trophy girlfriends, Son Of A Gun has the gritty, rough feel of 1970s heist/hit pictures like The Getaway. An entry in the recent resurgence of Australian crime cinema, it covers familiar turf well, with McGregor in good form and tight direction from Julius Avery.
Son Of A Gun has the gritty, rough feel of 1970s heist/hit picture