‘Welcome To The Punch’ Movie Review
Welcome To The Punch is a new thriller following the story of detective Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy; X-Men First Class) and his pursuit of his arch-nemesis criminal Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong; Zero Dark Thirty) who left him physically disabled three years ago.
When Sternwood reappears after his son lands in the hospital, Max knows this is his second chance to catch him. However, as he digs deeper into the case at hand he uncovers something much bigger that will lead him to a place he never expected to be.
Lasting a total of 99 minutes, Welcome To The Punch is just the right length to take you on this ride through the streets of London. The movie is primarily driven by the performances, which are brilliant. Second time writer/director Eran Creevy (Shifty) has assembled quite the cast to tell his story. Between the incredible rivalry chemistry that McAvoy and Strong have and the incredible Peter Mullan (Tyrannosaur) who plays Sternwood’s right hand, not forgetting the talented Andrea Riseborough (W.E.) as Max’s partner, David Morrissey (The Walkind Dead) and Daniel Mays (Mrs Biggs), it all clicks together perfectly.
The story itself is not something we haven’t seen before and you’ll most likely be able to guess some of the twist and turns. In addition, the payoff could possibly disappoint some, but it certainly has some powerful scenes, which makes it worth watching.
As I’ve mentioned before, for me what makes Welcome To The Punch work is the cast. The story is really secondary to the performances. However, when you put the two together and add on top of that Eran Creevy’s shooting style, it brings you some incredible sequences in the streets of London, mostly at night, which only add to the intrigue feel of the film, and beautiful visuals.
So if you enjoy thrills and intrigue mixed in with powerful performances, you should give Welcome To The Punch a try. If nothing else, you’ll at least enjoy some of the awesome action. And if you’re not convinced yet, you can watch the trailer for the film below.
Welcome To The Punch is out to limited theaters today, March 27th and will be released On Demand March 30th, 2013