Son of a Gun (2015) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.

Movie Info

When JR (Brenton Thwaites) is sent to prison for a minor crime, he becomes the apprentice to Brendan Lynch (Ewan McGregor), Australia's public enemy number one. When JR helps Brendan break out, they go on the run and form a complex co-dependent relationship. JR quickly learns 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. (C) A24more
Rating: R (for violence, language throughout, some sexuality, nudity and drug use)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Julius Avery
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 17, 2015


Ewan McGregor
as Brendan Lynch
Damon Herriman
as Private Wilson
Matt Nable
as Sterlo
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News & Interviews for Son of a Gun

Critic Reviews for Son of a Gun

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (11)

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.

Full Review… | February 4, 2015
New York Observer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 22, 2016
Epoch Times

Even a vampish Vikander can't make the perfectly pleasant JR exciting. In truth he's more son of a nun.

Full Review… | December 22, 2015
The Sun (UK)

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.

Full Review… | April 14, 2015
NOW Toronto

Julius Avery wrote and directed with an eye toward a fast pace and grim atmospherics.

Full Review… | April 14, 2015
Denton Record-Chronicle

It's done extremely well and with a great deal of verve.

Full Review… | April 13, 2015
The Herald (Ireland)

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.

Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

Super Reviewer

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.

Son of a Gun Quotes

Brendan Lynch: If you want to take action then make it count. No half measures. Because unless you're fighting plaque, this is not gonna stop Dave and his cronies. Now son, I can sort this for you but then I'm gonna need your help on the outside.
JR: To do what?
Brendan Lynch: What do you think? I'm looking at 20 years without parole in this shithole. 25, once I sort your wee problem.
– Submitted by Dan E (8 months ago)
Brendan Lynch: You obviously didn't hear me the first time; keep your nose out of other peoples stuff.
– Submitted by Dan E (8 months ago)

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