Blu-ray Review: SON OF A GUN

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SON OF A GUN was written and directed by Julius Avery and stars Starring Ewan McGregorBrenton ThwaitesAlicia VikanderMatt NableTom Budge and Nash Edgerton.

Son of a Gun is the rough and tumble story of an unruly band of master thieves who meet up in prison, they make a plan and break out to launch a gold heist that ends up going all wrong.  The movie follows 19 year old JR (Thwaites), a rookie criminal who meets and befriends Brendan Lynch (McGregor), a powerful underworld gangster in prison.

What happens is, they come up with this plan to pull this gold heist and once they’ve all broken out of prison, things begin to go wrong even though they do get the gold. Unexpected things happen as the plans fall apart and JR ends up falling for a beautiful young woman that Brendan warns him about. Of course the woman gets in the middle of things and makes this heist and the escape even more of a difficult task. The feds begin to catch up with them, all thanks to the double crossing kingpin that hires them to do the heist job in the first place. Ultimately, Brendan gets a little hot revenge on his double crosser but ends up right where he began, while JR gets  the girl and they begin a new life together.

Okay, this gritty, action heist film was a pretty cool watch. The cast was really good, all of the acting was great and the story was really interesting. There’s friendships that are made while other friends are backstabbing and betraying their own. The movie has plenty of action, guns being fired, kills, nudity, nasty chain smoking and lots of drugs. There’s pretty much everything you need here to make a gritty heist film and Son of a Gun is a pretty good one.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of extras. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were both crisp and clear.

Bottom line is, Son of a Gun was a pretty cool international heist thriller with a cool story and a great cast. This Blu-ray releases on March 17th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 109 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features:

  • “Partners in Crime: The Making of Son of a Gun” featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Julius Avery
  • Digital HD Copy
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