Welcome to the Punch

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Welcome to the Punch

Eran Creevy (2012)

95min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
James McAvoy and Mark Strong are on a collision course in this slick London-set action thriller inspired by Michael Mann's Heat and the Hong Kong school of cop films. It doesn't quite hit the same levels of intensity, but it's still an exhilarating ride, confidently handled by second-time director Eran Creevy (graduating from low-budget drama Shifty). While in dogged pursuit of serial heist-puller Jacob Sternwood (Strong), cop Max Lewinsky (McAvoy) takes a bullet. Three years later, Max is a shell of a man, crippled emotionally and physically, but he gets a shot at redemption when Sternwood breaks cover to see his critically injured son. The aesthetic is cool steel (it was shot mostly in the financial heart of the city), but the morality is painted in shades of grey; Sternwood is, above all, a loving dad while Max wallows in self-pity. There's also top-notch support from the likes of Andrea Riseborough, David Morrissey, Daniel Mays and Peter Mullan in a story that is ultimately predictable but played with great swagger.

Summary

A criminal evades the law after a heist and goes into hiding overseas, leaving the detective on his trail tormented by his failure. He gets a second chance when the crook returns to visit his hospitalised son, but the investigation brings to light a conspiracy that threatens both men. Crime thriller, starring James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough and David Morrissey.

Cast & Crew

Max Lewinsky James McAvoy
Jacob Sternwood Mark Strong
Sarah Hawks Andrea Riseborough
Roy Edwards Peter Mullan
Thomas Geiger David Morrissey
Nathan Bartnick Daniel Mays
Dean Warns Johnny Harris
Juka Ogadowa Daniel Kaluuya
Iris Warns Ruth Sheen
Jane Badham Natasha Little
Ruan Sternwood Elyes Gabel
Harvey Crown Jason Flemyng
Luke Jason Maza
Nurse Fiol Cathy Murphy
Journalist Steve Oram
Director Eran Creevy
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Mar 2013
Drama