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Plot: 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. Runtime: 99 mins Release Date: 14 Mar 2013
Just got back from seeing this at the cinema always makes films better but must admit I was really very impressed with this film! Had not seen the trailer or poster for it but did know the cast. Great performances from all and had a strong pardon the pun Mark performances from all of the cast. A modern day classic , reminded me of a modern long good Friday! The film is slick , moves at a steady pace and runs long enough to give a brilliant story with twist and turns and am surprised at how relatively low the budget was as it feels like a film that was made with a high budget. Don't <more>
expect some run of the mill Bruce Willis style action film with a seen it all before story that is so often churned out these days, this will I hope become a real British classic !
I enjoyed this film from start to finish. It was a well executed, well produced & well acted film. If I were to mention anything negative, it would be that the plot was a little easy to work out, but that being said it did not at all stop me from enjoying this film. The performances by James Mcavoy and Mark Strong were, as always, spot on.🐸
Tough As Nails But Exciting, Too!!! (by zardoz-13)
Writer & director Eran Creevy's "Welcome to the Punch" qualifies as an exciting, first-rate British crime thriller with James McAvoy, Mark Strong, and David Morrissey. McAvoy stars as a zealous London Detective Max Lewinsky who tangles with a master criminal Jacob Sternwood Mark Strong who eludes him after a skillfully planned robbery involving Strong's gang. The four, masked thieves escape with their ill-gotten gains astride motorcycles with our tenacious hero in hot pursuit in his car. All of this occurs during the opening scene with McAvoy careening around London <more>
after the felons. At the same time, Max's superiors inform him that he must stand down. The resourceful McAvoy manages to isolate his nemesis from the rest of the gang. Meantime, he squares off against the villain who blows a hole in his right knee cap and leaves him behind. Detective James McAvoy of "Wanted" has an operation on his knee that leaves it looking like a crocodile's back. He must draw fluid from his injured knee cap at intervals. The problem with Max's encounter with Sternwood is he confronted Sternwood without a firearm in his possession and against direct orders from the department. Ultimately, Max is left partially crippled with an obsessive desire to capture Sternwood, but at the same time his superiors think that he may have lost his edge. Fortunately, Max gets his opportunity three years later to prove himself again when Sternwood's son Ruan Elyes Gabel of "Interstellar" is shot in the stomach and winds up in London. When the authorities arrest Ruan at the airport, he has just gotten off the phone with his notorious father in Iceland. Predictably, Jacob doesn't intend to let his son suffer any more than necessary, so he recruits an old colleague, Roy Edwards Peter Mullen of "Shallow Grave" to help him after he returns to London to get his son. Meantime, Max hopes that Jacob will put himself at risk, re-enter England, and try to save Ruan. Predictably, Jacob doesn't disappoint Max, but along the way, Max discovers that the police force teems with corruption, specifically among his superiors, his immediate boss, bespectacled Nathan Bartnick Daniel Mays and worse of all top-cop Thomas Geiger David Morrissey who suspects Bartnick is dirty. Everybody except for his new partner, Sarah Andrea Riseborough of "Oblivion" , is firmly on his side, and she is no slouch, until she meets her match in a thorough-going bastard, Dean Warns Johnny Harris of "Atonement" , who describes himself at one point as "a good soldier, because of selfless commitment." "Welcome to the Punch" is a gritty, realistic, but outlandish cops and robbers thriller. Creevy doesn't waste a solitary second in this thriller, and nobody delivers a bad performance. Moreover, Creevy has created a number of interesting characters, such as Sarah, who loves to write clues on her hand. Later, these words help our hero avenge her death.
Inspired by Hong Kong 'heroic bloodshed' flicks, this hardnosed cops 'n' robbers tale certainly lives up to its name. James McAvoy's supercop exhibits a dogged intensity in his hunt for Mark Strong's antiheroic supercrim. During their heated cat-and-mouse game, the two uncover a conspiracy much bigger than their own dispute.The two leads keep things moving along nicely with their ambiguous dynamic, with a supporting cast of familiar faces picking up back-end duties rather nicely. Special mention must go to Shane Meadows favourite Johnny Harris who, as a cold-blooded <more>
ex-military henchman, exudes a barely-restrained predatory animalism, familiar to those who saw him in This is England '86. Top performances, decent pacing, and an ending which refuses to settle it all in quite the neat and tidy way one would expect.
Gripping film with some great action (by jessicareid)
I personally love this genre of film but I still don't think I'm being biased in saying that it was really good. I thought the story line was fairly simple which isn't a bad thing as it made it easy to follow while there were twists to come into the plot later on. The main character was played by James McAvoy and I found it interesting to see him playing a cop out for revenge as I thought this contrasted from anything I have seen him play before. The other lead role was portrayed by Mark Strong who I thought played his part really well. This film may not be the most original but <more>
the characters and the cast made it unique. There were some brilliant action scenes which were well placed throughout the film making it extremely gripping from start to finish. I think this is an enjoyable film and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was after reading some unfairly negative reviews.
Hong Kong comes to London and brings a lot of baggage with it. (by s_campanale)
The trailers for this film made it look rather tacky and formulaic, especially with the seemingly ubiquitous James McAvoy shouting and pulling faces again. However it turned to be quite an interesting piece.Fast rising Eran Creevy has gone on record that the inspiration for this film is Hong Kong crime cinema, especially the more recent examples, and it certainly shows. The film has the same slow burning, dour, melancholy mood of the Hong Kong crime movie, complete with tragedy, obsession, revenge, codes of honour, twisty complex plots, evil heartless villains, a moral ambiguity that paints <more>
everything in shades of grey, and an ending that will baffle and bewilder those used to the clean cut conclusions of Western thrillers, and of course lots of cool action and high octane gunplay complete with flying around the air in slow motion as bullets rip everything around them to shreds. This is obviously a love letter to Hong Kong cinema, and Creevy captures the mood and feel of the genre and its archetypical characters very well, right down to the hazy cinematography, the endless overhead nigh time shots of a London skyscraper filled Docklands area now a good look-alike for Hong Kong's skyline and the minimal moody score. Part of the fun, and the strangeness of the film, is indeed in seeing this genre transposed to London, an environment and culture alien to that which spawned it despite the historical ties. This is no pastiche or jokey parody however; it's all done in deadly earnestness.The story, which again looks East for inspiration, starts with dedicated young cop Max Lewinsky Macavoy on the trail of notorious armed robber Jacob Sternwood Mark Strong , getting shot in the leg by the man himself after a hand to hand battle during a daring motorcycle armed raid in Docklands, leaving him part crippled and fuelled by anger and revenge. Years later, the shooting of Sternwood's young son and a friend leads him out of hiding, and the tunnel visioned Lewinsky sees his chance for vengeance and absolution. But along with his tough female partner and lover Sarah Hawks Andrea Risborough , he soon finds that there is more to the case than just Sternwood, and cop and criminal become uneasy partners in a war of revenge that involves fanatical ex- military men like Dean Warns Johnny Harris , conniving political spin- doctors looking to make the right headlines before an election, well- meaning but underhand policemen who tire of burying their friends and want to see a fully armed British police they are mostly unarmed still and the large paramilitary security firm that sees a tidy profit from being the ones to supply the arms, training, body armour and other equipment. Much gunplay and violence will ensue, and moral certainties, identities and loyalties will blur.The acting is good all round from the best of British character acting, McAvoy, now a Hollywood A-Lister, goes against type and delivers an obsessed, wounded angry Lewinsky with skill and restraint. Playing off him is the brilliant Mark Strong, here playing a villain of sorts, but a noble one. Strong has always given depth and soul to his villains, and here he goes one further and has you rooting for him despite his character's violent history. Andrea Risborough does well as Lewinsky's partner and lover, and makes a convincing tough cop, especially in a very tense and nail biting face off with an adversary. David Morrisey is also good as Lewisnky's boss, who may be hiding secrets of his own, as is the great Peter Cullan as Sternwood's old criminal associate turned car dealer. Also noteworthy is Johnny Harris as the ex-military hit man Warns, going beyond mere heavy to create a fascinating and troubled psyche killers, even the villainous ones, always have an emotional side to them in HK cinema The action is well staged, transferring the "heroic bloodshed" style of flying through the air firing randomly from sideways pointing pistols and machine guns in slow motion to mundane London settings, not least a particularly funny the only funny scene in which the heroes face off Warns at his grandmother's flat without her being made aware of what is really going on A typical HK set up A lot of the movie takes place in a huge, moody container dock, another popular HK action location I can't recall any HK crime movie that doesn't feature at least one scene in a container dock from which the film gets it's bizarre title. "The Punch" is one of the container bays, and a sign proclaiming "Welcome to the Punch" greets every character entering There are no dull spots and the movie flows very nicely. The ending is ambiguous with many loose threads hanging, obviously baiting a sequel should this prove successful.Creevy shows great talent for a green director, and will hopefully continue to deliver. After all, another young director made a breakout by transposing the Hong Kong crime dramas he so loved to his home soil 20 years ago, and if he, and we, are lucky we be mentioning his name alongside Tarantino's at some point in the future.