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Son of a Gun (2014)

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JR busts out of prison with Brendan Lynch, Australia's most notorious criminal, and joins Lynch's gang for a gold heist that soon pits the two men against one another.

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JR
Brendan Kerkvliet ...
Prison Officer
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Prison Officer
Geoff Kelso ...
Prison Officer
Peter Neaves ...
Prison Officer
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Sterlo
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Merv
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JR's Cellmate
Sam Hutchin ...
Dave
Craig Sparrowhawk ...
Dave's Crony
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Dave's Crony (as Jared Dehar)
Karl Knight ...
Solitary Officer
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Sam Lennox
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Josh
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Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia's most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch. But protection comes at a price. Lynch and his crew have plans for their young protegee. Upon release, JR must help secure Lynch's freedom, staging a daring prison break. As a reward, he's invited to join the crew as they plan a gold heist that promises to deliver millions. However, as things start to go wrong, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. JR finds himself unsure of whom he can trust and on a collision course with his former mentor. Written by Anonymous

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Everyone gets what they deserve See more »


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Rated R for violence, language throughout, some sexuality, nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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11 December 2014 (USA)  »

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Trivia

A big fan of Michael Mann's work, director Julius Avery had Brenton Thwaites' character carry around a collage which featured an image of James Caan from _Thief_. See more »

Goofs

The Fischer/Spassky game Brendan describes was game 6 in the 1972 World Championship. 2 errors, firstly Fischer played white and secondly, in demonstrating, Brendan illegally moves the black knight from one side of the board to the other. See more »

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JR: Here's some proof that the bonobos aren't dying out.
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Features Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) See more »

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Enter One
Performed by Sol Seppy
Written by Sophie Michalitsianos
License courtesy of Sophie Michalitsianos
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Great film
16 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

I loved this film. The direction reminded me of Jean Pierre Melville, the grand master of french crime films. It had a tight front story which gave little away. The back story (search for an honest father figure/young man relationship) was solid, but subtle. The sound was absolutely realistic. When a gun goes off in a room, it is so loud, it dominates the consciousness of all those in it. The film hit that mark, unlike a lot of movies that aren't realistic. It was great to see JR recoil from such noise and violence as he did, as most people would do. the violence in prison was visceral but realistic. It could be described as hyper realistic but it's a bloody jail, so it's a rough place.

Editing was excellent, direction was superb and Brenton Thwaites gave more of himself to his role than any other movie I've seen him in. Ewan was outstanding as was Damon Herriman. The film was tough, hard nosed but well constructed and balanced.


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