I’ve been a fan of Ewan McGregor’s ever since I first met him and his condom in Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting. Him being the only consistently good part of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy certainly didn’t diminish his stock. As such, I was always going to be interested in watching Son of a Gun, especially after I heard that Brenton Thwaites and Alicia Vickander – two of the hottest young talents breaking into the Hollywood big time at moment – was also in the Australian crime-drama. And then I saw this trailer.
It’s not that it makes the movie look bad – far from it in fact – but rather that I now feel like I don’t have to watch the movie anymore, since I just witnessed a 2-minute long Readers’ Digest version of the entire film. It’s an absolutely annoying habit that’s become unfortunately commonplace as of late, and now it’s kind of ruined a movie that I was really hyped to see. Maybe you won’t have the same experience with the trailer – maybe you can shut you eyes and stick your fingers in you ears, singing “La la la la la la la la” ever 20 seconds of so to make it feel like at least something is being held back from this trailer.
In the criminal world, life is like a game of chess. To gain control, you have to stay a few moves ahead of your opponent. Lose that control, and you risk becoming a pawn in their very dangerous game. During a six-month stint inside a West Australian prison, rookie criminal JR (Brenton Thwaites) meets the smart and enigmatic Brendan Lynch (Ewan McGregor). In exchange for protection on the inside, JR agrees to help Brendan get outside, hooking up with the influential Sam Lennox (Jacek Koman) to orchestrate a daring prison escape that frees Brendan, and inmates Sterlo (Matt Nable) and Merv (Eddie Baroo).
JR is rewarded for his efforts, and with a taste of the high life and flirtations with Sam’s beautiful girl Tasha (Alicia Vikander), he gets sucked deeper into Brendan’s criminal world. But whose game is he playing? Becoming a father-like mentor to JR, Brendan convinces him to join on another high stakes job – robbing a Kalgoolie gold mine. But with millions of dollars at stake, it’s hard to tell whom JR can trust, and whose side each player is actually on. And with his feelings for Tasha increasing, and his faith in Brendan decreasing, JR must figure out his next move… before its check, mate.
And just in case that wasn’t enough of the story revealed to your tastes, here’s a nice new featurette that features the cast and crew talking about the film’s crime-riddled narrative.
Son of a Gun also stars Matt Nable, Eddie Baroo and Jacek Koman. It is scheduled for release in early 2015.
Last Updated: November 19, 2014