Starring James McAvoy and Mark Strong.
Written and directed by Eran Creevy.
IMDB Rating: 6.1
Welcome to the Punch stars James McAvoy as high ranked detective Max Lewinsky, who gets another chance to catch ‘the one that got away’ Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) once he returns to the country to save his son, who was involved in a heist gone wrong. As Max gets closer to catching Jacob, they both realise that they are in the middle of a much bigger conspiracy involving the law, money and politics.
This isn’t a film that’s going to leave a lasting impression on many people. The dialogue is bland in places and at some points I did switch off, only to switch back on a few moments later thinking “did I miss something?”. That might explain why I did not understand completely how James McAvoy’s character explained the whole conspiracy at the end.
For all the bad points from the script, there is however some very good shots in the film. The slow-motion living room shootout near the end being the highlight. Also the constant shade of blue that follows the film about gives the film an interesting colour – whether it helps or hinders is up to the individual, for me it took away from the realism of the screenplay, but each to his own.
In terms of acting performances, none were spectacular. Mark Strong stood out with his performance, but it was the least you expect from an actor with his quality and experience. Daniel Mays also put in a good performance as the police force leader. James McAvoy didn’t disappoint, but he has delivered much more compelling performances than this.
Overall, the film shows that Eran Creevy obviously has talent when it comes to creating and shooting a movie, but whether he has the quality to write a big successful movie remains to be seen. It wasn’t the worse movie I’ve ever seen, not by a long shot. But it is unlikely I will be watching it again.
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