SON OF A GUN | BLU RAY REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

We are revisiting my review for SON OF A GUN because our good friends at Entertainment One Australia have given us 2x copies on Blu Ray to – a great prize indeed – this movie was a great treat of Australian cinema last year. Very action packed and two amazing stars. Can’t wait to see it again – enjoy my review for the first time, or again, and enter away. Best of luck – and apologies – this comp is only open to Australian residents.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE FROM OCTOBER 14, 2014

I have been very eager to see SON OF A GUN ever since I saw the trailer. Gritty Aussie crime film with massive production values and big time international actor in a lead role opposite up and coming prolific young dude Aussie actor, . I was SOLD. My eagerness was well founded, SON OF A GUN is not only one of the best Australian films of the year, it is also one of the best films of the year. If I was to sum it up – if Michael Mann was born and bred in the centre of Australia, this would be the film he would make. SON OF A GUN is out this Thursday 16th October in Australia from eOneANZ, it is rated MA15+ and runs for 109 awesome minutes. Enjoy my review…..all the best…..JK.

 

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SON OF A GUN | SALTY POPCORN | POSTER

 

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You are a 19yr old gorgeous guy thrown into a bloody rough prison in the centre of Australia. Your similar aged room mate is being pack raped by a bunch of fucking assholes keen on getting off on someone younger. Your same room mate is nearing the end of his use and pretty soon your ass is about to become a flower to a rapist. What do you do? Do you try and make a weapon in the hope of taking out four guys? Or do you try and find protection and keep your butt to yourself? This is what faces JR when he arrives in prison. He ends up under the protection of Australia’s most notorious bank robbing criminal. But, in life, nothing is free, this is either a father figure wanna-be on a naive and scared young dude or an exploitation opportunity from an intelligent and slightly crazy criminal.

 

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SON OF A GUN | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | JR (BRENTON THWAITES)

 

Director Julius Avery gives a slamming feature debut with SON OF A GUN. He is best known for his abundance of short films made over the years and he has hit on a winner with this one. Potentially this will be the biggest box office Australian film of the year, why?? Get a budget that is freaking massive for this country, get a crew more skilled than most, get the hottest young actor from this country at the moment and finish it off with a worldwide favourite international star, in Ewan McGregor, it is a master stroke. The film looks more like an American production written by an Australian filmed in Central Australia starring a freaking awesome cast. I keep coming back to it. It has the feel of an Australian Michael Mann film. There was something about it that felt like HEAT, but it is nothing like HEAT. But if Mann’s entire life was spent growing up in Central Australia, if he went to Australian film school and made short films for Australian and international competitions. If he was as Occa as me, then this would have been his feature debut. The same thought process in film making is there, he is just Australian.

 

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SON OF A GUN | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MERV (EDDIE BAROO), STERLO () & BRENDAN (EWAN MCGREGOR)

 

The cast and crew are sensational. All of them, all their jobs, masterfully done. Special mentions to Julius Avery, cinematography by Nigel Bluck, editing by Jack Hutchings, production design by Fiona Crombie, art direction by Sophie Nash, music by Jed Curzel and everyone I have not listed. For acting, special mentions to Matt Nable as Sterlo, I love this guy for some reason, he is tough and mean but also has a trusting softness to him and his final scenes with JR (Thwaites) had me shed a tear or two.  was also great as JR’s love interest but I have to be honest, Russian (I think that was the accent) accents always come across as fake, probably what happens when you get a Swede to do Russian (If that was what she was doing? correct me if I am wrong).

Then there was McGregor as Brendan, I love him, I will always watch McGregor in the cinema. I prefer him doing these type of roles than the innocent naive guy he occasionally does for film. He was great as Brendan but while his character was dark, at times evil, he came across more as a bipolar criminal with a sense of morals suited to the situation. He chose morality in the scene with Merv but chose to ignore that when dealing with JR later in the film. I thought Brendan could have gone further, been meaner, make us hate him more, give JR’s character more motive in his actions.

 

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SON OF A GUN | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | BRENDAN (EWAN MCGREGOR) AND JR (BRENTON THWAITES)

 

Then we have Thwaites, the guy is on a Hollywood fast track and deservedly so, he is impressive, he is freaking gorgeous, and he has it all. Starting out on Home and Away (that I would never watch), then appearing in the poor remake of Blue Lagoon he has gone from strength to strength since. OCULUS (awesome horror not yet reviewed on Salty), THE SIGNAL (freaking wicked science fiction also not yet reviewed on Salty), (I will forgive him for being in…) MALEFICENT although he was in it briefly and was gorgeous in it :). Then he was in the interesting Jeff Bridges film THE GIVER, which I thoroughly enjoyed. After SON OF A GUN he is starring with Helen Hunt in her film RIDE and then in Alex Proyas’ GODS OF EGYPT alongside Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush and Rufus Sewell. I have no shame in saying it – I am crushing on him. He is on his way to greatness and is the new thing, the hot dude on the block. I do feel his acting has a way to go but he is doing better than most giving he has been thrown into megastardom with so many people. I find he occasionally is being overwhelmed and kicking himself that he is working alongside people like Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Laurence Fishburne, Ewan McGregor etc but he is being given the best trial by fire ever and his performances are going to get better and better when he realises they are just colleagues he is working with as opposed to mega awesome top notch celebrity heroes of the western world.

 

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SON OF A GUN | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | BRENDAN (EWAN MCGREGOR) AND JR (BRENTON THWAITES)

 

The big winner of this film is the writing, it is damn good, Julius Avery can add that one to his quiver as well. It is clever, it makes you think and while a crime action thriller it is also a psychological thriller based around chess. What the teacher preaches the student listens and due to his age and desire for a father figure he soaks it all in and in the words of Darth Vader, “when I left you I was but the learner, now I am the master.”

If you want a great film put it on your list and grab your tickets this weekend. It is freaking good!

 

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With special thanks to Entertainment One to win one the 2X BLURAYSs of SON OF A GUN you need to either like and share/ retweet this post on Facebook/Twitter/ Google+/ Pinterest/ LinkedIn/ Flipboard or Instagram (all the links to follow us are on the top right of homepage), you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer/s to the following questions:

What is your favourite Ewan McGregor movie and why? Mine is a toss up – it is out of three films – SHALLOW GRAVE, TRAINSPOTTING or THE ISLAND (I really loved that movie). He is such a versatile actor!

If you do not have social media then get with the times – you can still enter, leave your entry below and email me at jking@saltypopcorn.com.au telling me you don’t have social media (you still need to enter on the website).

Prizes will no longer be awarded to first in first served. It will now be a game of skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels.

The prizes will be sent after MAR 15th! Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.