Welcome Indie movie fans! Old Man Feind actually took in this Aussie Indie a few weeks ago but I forgot to ever write it up so here we are now and none’s the wiser. This is another heist flick for ya…
Well Son of a Gun! (Yes, pun intended!) I really enjoy Indie films more than Hollywood crap most of the time because I care far more about a good story than I do seeing huge explosions and oodles of CGI FX. I’m not saying all big Hollywood movies suck I’m not some snobby film critic. I’m just a movie fan who knows what he likes. As my lady would tell you I’m a comic book nerd (I disagree on the nerd part!) so I love big action-packed blockbusters as much as anyone as long as they aren’t stupid. Sorry I really don’t like the Fast & Furiously stupid movies but that’s a whole different discussion. Here I’d rather highlight the little guys when it comes to getting away from the horror genre that we all know and love so well. A lot of good Indies come out of places like Australia that seem to support the arts far better than we do here in the States like a little Aussie film called Wolf Creek I love so much. Anyway I checked this out solely based on the fact that Ewan McGregor was in it.
So along with Ewan McGregor as Brendan Lynch (supposedly Australia’s most notorious criminial), Son of a Gun also has a couple other things going for it. It starts with a prison break leading into a gold heist so a prison break and a heist? Count me in as long as it isn’t boring. Son of a Gun is most definitely not boring. And what is a good heist film without a young rookie in crime (played here by Brenton Thwaites as JR) being taken under the wing of a mastermind (McGregor) ultimately conflicting over a woman, Tasha played by Alicia Vikander? All the elements that make up most good heist or prison break movies which in this case is both. It all starts with young JR doing a short prison stint for some petty crime (we aren’t told what he did) where he meets the notorious Lynch. JR proves he’s no idiot and Lynch sees someone he can use on the outside which JR is just six months later.
After the quick character building of the first 15 minutes JR is out of prison making connections for Lynch on the outside. Son of a Gun goes at its own pace which isn’t too slow or too fast even when the action picks up during the prison break then later during the gold heist. The action itself can get a little frantic but it’s filmed and edited well unlike too many films these days that do twenty million jump cuts that leave your head spinning toward nausea with no real idea of what even just happened. Similar to the found footage crap that I hate, I really can’t stand the jump cut bullshit. It’s a sign of a director that doesn’t know how to film an action scene while also being super annoying. If someone is getting their ass beat I want to be able to see it, Damn it!
Son of a Gun is well written and directed with several plot twists and turns as criminals do what criminals do best which is fuck over anyone they need to in order to take all the loot for themselves. Of course, this is a movie so there has to be the woman involved to further complicate things. Can Tasha be trusted or can’t she? Is she really in love with JR or loyal to Lynch? There are a lot of moving parts to make it all interesting but the movie revolves around our three main characters of JR, Lynch and Tasha. The film manages to stay focused where other movies fail by adding too much around the central plot. Julius Avery stays focused both in the writing of the script and behind the camera in Son of a Gun for what ends up being super enjoyable and easy to follow even with all the twists along the way. The twists are well thought out and intelligent and again another film that doesn’t treat the viewer like a moron completely dumbing down everything which is a big thumbs up from me as it happens far too little in films and TV.
The only minor problem I had with Son of a Gun is the pacing which I spoke of earlier. It does tend to move a little slowly at times but not so slow as to make the film boring. I’m thinking more along the lines that it could have been chopped down by about 5-10 minutes just to move it along a little though as I said that’s a very minor complaint. If you’re a fan of heist or prison break films then you’ve seen similar types of stories so the twists aren’t really all that shocking but again it’s written and directed well so that is a minor complaint and if I’m being honest not really a complaint at all. The first few minutes had me interested and I stayed that way throughout so The Scribbler Clock Test was easily passed making Son of a Gun an Indie you should see because it is…
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