Welcome to the Punch 2012

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Eran Creevy writes and directs this British gangster thriller set in London's docklands. Ex-con Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London from his hideout in Iceland when his son gets caught up in a heist gone wrong. His reappearance gives detective Max Lewinsky the chance he has long been waiting for to take down his old nemesis.

Starring:
James Mcavoy, Mark Strong
Runtime:
1 hour 35 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Crime
Director Eran Creevy
Starring James Mcavoy, Mark Strong
Supporting actors David Morrissey, Peter Mullan, Andrea Riseborough, Daniel Mays, Elyes Gabel, Daniel Kaluuya, Johnny Harris, Robert Portal, Jason Maza, Dannielle Brent
Studio Momentum Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
Another film about a couple of diamond geezers, one a blagger (Mark Strong) and the other a copper (played by James McAvoy) in a conspiracy-ridden high tech London. Strong looks and acts the part but casting McAvoy as a hard man is to go against his strengths (Charles Xavier for example); he lacks the physical presence. Even worse if we had to pick a name for a London copper it is unlikely to be Max Lewinsky. The general level of anti-government angst and large numbers of automatic weapons lends the whole thing an American tone that argues against its London locations. I doubt the plot twists will come as a total surprise to many and even a surfeit of dead Evil Marksmen cannot cover that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 17 Nov 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Former criminal Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London from his hideaway when his son is involved in a heist gone wrong.

This gives detective Max Lewinsky one last chance to perfect his strong man accent, and catch the man he has always been after.

As they face off, they uncover a deeper conspiracy, and deeper voice, they both need to solve in order to survive.....

I knew when I saw the posters to this having 'Executive Producer Ridley Scott' standing out on them, I knew this was going to be as generic as an eighties straight to video gem.

But I wanted to be wrong, Mark Strong is great in anything, and McAvoy is just as watchable. So what do you get? Strong being as great as he can be, McAvoy being a really unconvincing moody bobby, and London, looking the best it ever has.

And that's the movie. The leads chasing one another, while something fishy goes on above their heads, but you know David Morrissey is involved because he's one of the most famous people in it, but hardly at all, and looks serious all along.

The support is stellar, and on paper, this probably looked like something special.

On celluloid, its all style and no substance, nothing really special at all.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By chelios1981 on 4 April 2013
Format: DVD
Don't believe the hype on this one. It's by no means a bad film, and at times shines, but should it really get plaudits for the fact that it looks so damn slick, making London look icy cool in nearly all shots, but surely that's just style over substance, if your story gets muddled and uses all cop thriller clichés in the book.

James Macavoy is always one to watch, but here he seems a little too weedy to be a hardened vengeful cop, sometimes resembling a spoilt teenager having a tantrum, perhaps an older actor may have lent more weight to what amounts to a role of a burnt out cop on the edge.

Mark Strong as the career criminal he faces off against fares much better giving his villain a mix of real menace and a softer human side, that creates a believably flawed character, whose life of crime has resulted in his sons death, setting up the plot for cop and criminal to come on a collision course.

In terms of story and style the look is a mixture of John Woo (the gun shoot outs) and the director must surly have been influenced by Michael Mann (Heat, Miami Vice) to some point.

The action scenes (mostly gun shoot outs) are well done, stylish and like the rest of the film slick.

So in short not a bad film, looks good, some good scenes, with the odd twist, good cast, but let down by a generic cop verses criminal plot that's been done slightly better elsewhere in dozens of better thrillers.
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Format: DVD
Whilst Welcome to the Punch oozes style and polish - that much was evident from trailers - it could really do with a little more warmth. The London portrayed here is a cold, clinical place, all brushed steel and blue glass. Whilst this isn't a bad thing, I couldn't help feeling somewhat distanced from the setting itself by these aesthetic choices. Characters framed against such a backdrop consequently seem somehow unbelievable, as if they aren't inhabiting a real place, ultimately making the viewing experience not terribly involving or immersive. I don't object to the idea of making London or English characters cool, but I did feel the film suffered from a slavish need to attempt to do both, without dedicating enough time to character development. Whilst the motivations of the McAvoy and Strong characters are clear and straightforward, those of the men they're up against aren't for most of the film, with the puzzle only being pieced together ten minutes before the credits roll. Now, I don't expect to be spoon-fed, and I don't mind being kept guessing, but it would have really helped the audience establish more of a connection to the characters if they had put things together a little quicker. Many of the principal players on the side of the bad guys seem insubstantial and unfinished as characters, with next to no screen time, leaving them ultimately feeling like little more than wraiths with guns for Strong and McAvoy to blow through.

On to the good parts though - the action sequences in the film are, by and large, very good, particularly a close quarters shootout and the grand finale. In fact, it's these scenes which managed to wring some emotion out of me as a slightly disinterested audience member.
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