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Welcome to the Punch 2012

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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Genres Thriller, Crime
Director Eran Creevy
Starring James McAvoy, Mark Strong
Supporting actors Andrea Riseborough, Johnny Harris, Daniel Mays, David Morrissey, Peter Mullan, Natasha Little, Daniel Kaluuya, Ruth Sheen, Jason Flemyng, Elyes Gabel, Robert Portal, Jason Maza, Jay Simpson, Seun Shote, Dannielle Brent, David Michaels, Johnny Palmiero, Jonell Elliott
Studio Momentum Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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Format: DVD
An utter waste of: time - mine watching it (less so my other half who sensibly fell asleep), a waste of talent - how can such a strong British cast be made so awful?, a waste of Mark Strong - always a great screen presence is made to look wooden by an appalling stereotypical script, a waste of Daniel Mays (a talent as can be seen from Mrs Biggs and Funland) made to look as wooden as possible by script and non existent character development, a waste of London - seldom has a film so badly used where it is supposedly set, beyond plastic and unrealistic.

After 2 mins I was actually laughing out loud by just how ridiculous the film is - just watch James McAvoy outrun a motorbike, or his super hearing when he's able to locate the bikes by simply standing listening in the middle of London! For 20 mins or so it verges on being so bad it's almost good in a funny way. But gradually the wooden characterisation, the appalling script (I struggle to believe it was actually scripted or edited) takes over. David Morrisey plays his worst role ever, Andrea Risborough is so risible to leave you open mouthed, Daniel Kaluuya sacrificed to be the stars token street cred ethnic friend (and wow what a terribly token role), Jason Flemyng (another gifted actor) comes and goes to no great use, and towering above it all James McAvoy - quite simply the silliest piece of acting in a long long time.

An utter waste of my life.
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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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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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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 May 2015
Format: DVD
An improbable plot once you think about it. A very young inexperienced cop brought in to catch the very bad man. Cat and mouse is the game they play.

James McAvoy, plays the inexperienced English cop who becomes obsessed with catching the criminal, Mark Strong. One incident between them turns into a bad situation for McAvoy.however, his boss, David Morrissey, brings him back. McAvoy's partner, played by Andrea Riseborough, helps to keep McAvoy under control. He is hot headed, has flashbacks and PTSD. something is norm right in this game, and we soon learn why.

The sights of London at night are beautiful, not a London I recognize. But, beneath the glitter and the glory are some hardened stories, that soon spill out. Corruption, murder, sons, dads, are all in play. Very well acted with a magnificent cast. It is out in DVD, see it.

Recommended. prisrob 05-27-15
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