Son of a Gun (2015)
Critic Consensus: Gritty, stylish, and smart, Son of a Gun serves up plenty of genre thrills while offering a refreshing change of pace for Ewan McGregor.
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Critic Reviews for Son of a Gun
A not-so-thrilling heist thriller that drones along mechanically between explosions and car crashes with Ewan McGregor, who is making entirely too many movies these days, none of them worth writing home about.
Son is a pretty entertaining little shoot 'em up, almost entirely thanks to McGregor. Grizzled but wiry, he has the presence of a coiled spring, ready to launch at any moment.
Even a vampish Vikander can't make the perfectly pleasant JR exciting. In truth he's more son of a nun.
When the focus is firmly on McGregor and Thwaites, the movie crackles; the actors rip into the toxic father-son dynamic between their characters, and their rapport gives the key action sequences a real kick.
Julius Avery wrote and directed with an eye toward a fast pace and grim atmospherics.
Audience Reviews for Son of a Gun
Well made and nicely shot if a little ordinary, Son Of A Gun comes alive whenever the deeply charismatic Ewan McGregor or luminous Alicia Vikander take centre stage.
Definitely one of the better films from Ewan Mcgregor of late. What initially may look like a low rate Australian heist drama turns out to be gripping and edgy and keeps you watching until the end.
Though I enjoyed the first half of the movie more, Son of a Gun shattered my low expectations. Its generic title and plot summary belied a surprisingly original take on the prison-heist film, and each main character was actually likeable in one way or another. While the action isn't actually anything we haven't seen before, the acting and the subtle indie music style give the film its niche.
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