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Son Of A Gun Blu-ray Review

Son Of A Gun Blu-ray

“Son Of A Gun” doesn’t quite hold together.

After landing in a tough as nails prison, 19 year old JR finds himself befriending a hardass robber (Brendan). After 6 months go by, JR is released from jail, but he doesn’t seem to want to live a normal life. Instead, he meets up with a crime boss named Sam. We discover that not only is JR planning to break Brendan out of prison, but that he is being recruit for a major gold robbery job. Amidst all of this criminal activity, JR falls for one of Sam’s love interests (Tasha). Unfortunately, this forbidden romance could put JR in serious trouble. As if that weren’t enough, JR begins to wonder if he can trust anyone he is in cahoots with.

While this dark and gritty Australian crime thriller holds your interest, it’s not exactly something to ride home about. Had the film been a prison drama, it might have been more successful as that was easily the film’s strongest section. Alas, once the characters are out of jail, it becomes a fairly standard crime drama filled with action, betrayal, plot twists, and everyone screwing everyone over.

One of the other drawbacks is the underdeveloped lead character (JR). While JR (played by “Maleficent” and “Oculus” star Brenton Thwaites) is meant to be the heart of the film, he is given little to do. Yes, we understood what he wants in the end, but most of the time, he’s waiting around, getting in trouble, or engaging in a rather forced onscreen romance with Tasha. It would have nice to see the character change or develop more without it feeling, well, scripted.

As for Brendan, he’s easily the most interesting character of the lot thanks to Ewan McGregor’s performance. It may seem an unlikely role for the actor, but he nails it.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? Nigel Bluck’s cinematography shines on Blu-ray.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? I have no complaints with this DTS track. It does what it should do.

Extras:
* Digital HD copy.
* Lionsgate trailers.
* “Partners In Crime: The Making of Son of a Gun”- A standard making of featurette that contains behind-the-scenes footage, film clips, cast and crew interviews, discussions about the story and characters, etc.
* A dry solo commentary by writer/director Julius Avery.

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May 15, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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