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Welcome to the Punch

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 2012
  • Eran Creevy
  • 95 mins
  • 15

Summary

Crime thriller starring James McAvoy and Mark Strong. Hardcase criminal Jacob Sternwood pulls off a heist and escapes, but leaves young cop Max Lewinsky badly injured. So, years later, when Sternwood is forced to return to London for family reasons, a bitter Max is determined to capture him at all costs.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Max LewinskyJames McAvoy
Jacob SternwoodMark Strong
Sarah HawksAndrea Riseborough
Roy EdwardsPeter Mullan
Thomas GeigerDavid Morrissey
Nathan BartnickDaniel Mays
Dean WarnsJohnny Harris
Juka OgadowaDaniel Kaluuya
Iris WarnsRuth Sheen
Jane BadhamNatasha Little
Ruan SternwoodElyes Gabel
Harvey CrownJason Flemyng
LukeJason Maza
Nurse FiolCathy Murphy
JournalistSteve Oram

Crew

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DirectorEran Creevy

Details

Theatrical distributor
Momentum Pictures
Released on
2013-03-15
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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