David Dare Parker
Chris Nashawaty
January 15, 2015 AT 05:00 AM EST

Son of a Gun

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Justin St. Germain
publisher
Random House
genre
Memoir

We gave it a B

Aussie writer-director Julius Avery’s over-plotted feature debut is a gritty crime flick that crackles with menace and explores the age-old question of whether there’s honor among thieves. Brenton Thwaites (The Giver) stars as a teen inmate who comes under the fatherly protection of a hardened lifer (Ewan McGregor, sporting Sons of Anarchy facial hair). In exchange, the kid agrees to bust him out once his own sentence is over. From there, Son of a Gun becomes a somewhat predictable but excitingly twisty heist film involving a double-dealing Russian heavy, a desperate femme fatale, and a fortune in gold bars. It has just enough muscle and style to make the familiar feel fresh. B

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