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||IMDB Rating: 6.1/10 from R votes
||Release: 18 April 2013 (Russia) /
||Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
||Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Daniel Kaluuya, Daniel Mays, David Morrissey, Elyes Gabel, James McAvoy, Jason Flemyng, Jason Maza, Jay Simpson, Johnny Harris, Mark Strong, Natasha Little, Peter Mullan, Robert Portal, Ruth Sheen
||Synopsis: Former criminal Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London from his Icelandic hideaway when his son is involved in a heist gone wrong. This gives detective Max Lewinsky one last chance to catch the man he has always been after. As they face off, they start to uncover a deeper conspiracy they both need to solve in order to survive. Written by Anonymous
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Welcome to the Punch...I think...
So, I actually managed to get to the advanced screening of Welcome to
the Punch this evening. Unfortunately, not a single one of my 150ish
London based Facebook friends could accompany me to the free advanced
preview of the film and, at first, I must admit that I was very
disappointed. But now, I find myself wondering whether they knew
something that I didn't!
Eran Creevy, writer and director sets the stage clearly with an opening
sequence that plays out in London's glossy, glass and steel covered
Canary Wharf. It pulls us in straight away. We find ourselves almost
immediately invested in both the protagonist (James McAvoy as Max
Lewinsky, detective cop chap whom we're meant to root for) and
antagonist (a stern Mark Strong playing naughty bad guy, Jacob
Sternwood), willing the story to tell us more about these two
characters and the motivations behind their actions.
Borrowing heavily from the audio visual flare of Nolans bat films,
particularly 'The Dark Knight', we're lead to believe that a stylish
cat and mouse action / crime caper in the style of Heat awaits us. I
honestly found myself asking whether this could actually be the British
'Heat' after the first 10 minutes or so. Unfortunately, about 15
minutes in, my first 'gripe' smacked me in the face (from McAvoy's
performance no less!) This was followed by the second, and the third,
and continued to do so until the end finally came, with a twist that
was visible from a mile away and a convoluted plot that had to be
explained through exposition about 10 minutes before the film ended!
Relationships between characters felt shallow and under developed,
making empathy nigh on impossible and ultimately, leaving me somewhat
bored of the whole thing. None of the questions that the film raises in
our minds as we progress through its 'narrative' are answered and I was
left feeling cheated every time. The audience needs to know why certain
things are happening surely?; Sternwoods treatment of Lewinsky and vice
versa, for one. So why not just tell us?
The cast deliver strong performances with what material they have bar
McAvoy, surprisingly, who gave one too many clichéd reactions which
caricatured our hero and made us less sympathetic to his plight.
For all of the films good moments it has its bad and ultimately, the
bad simply overpowered the good. The little niggles (in the form of
conveniently placed tools, bad aim etc.) and wannabe Bourne esque plot,
along with a serious lack of satisfaction from the 'bad guy' being
trumped (because, technically, the 'bad guy wasn't) made the film a lot
poorer than it rightly deserved to be. Because from a technical stand
point, the film looks and sounds great. And the story still feels
interesting, and I want to know more. But, with the serious lack of
character development and exploration of their (implied) back stories,
the film finds itself lying flat on its gun riddled back after its 99
Sadly another missed opportunity for British cinema.
Unless of course, this was designed as an Infernal Affairs style film
and a prequel / sequel fills in all the 'gaps'?
Welcome to the Punch opens nationwide on 27th March.
Tags for Welcome to the Punch Full Movie
, Daniel Kaluuya
, Daniel Mays
, David Morrissey
, Elyes Gabel
, James McAvoy
, Jason Flemyng
, Jason Maza
, Jay Simpson
, Johnny Harris
, Mark Strong
, Natasha Little
, Peter Mullan
, Robert Portal
, Ruth Sheen
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