Welcome to the Punch (15)



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Time Out rating:

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Time Out says

Tue Mar 12 2013

The idea of a pacy Hollywood or Hong Kong-style crime thriller set in London isn’t exactly a new one, but – James Bond aside – it just never seems to work: just think of ‘Blue Ice’, ‘Blitz’, or, God forbid, ‘Basic Instinct 2’. After his 2008 directorial debut ‘Shifty’ won critical acclaim, Eran Creevy decided to move his career up a gear and make the ultimate London action flick, and he roped in producer-adviser Ridley Scott to help him realise his vision. The result is confused, sketchily plotted and rather bland – but not a complete disaster.

James McAvoy is miscast as Max, a brooding loner cop on the trail of Mark Strong’s crime boss. The tale twists and rambles, visiting dirty cops, corrupt businesses and rival gangs. By rights, this should work a lot better than it does: it’s nicely shot, decently played (McAvoy’s muttering, try-hard turn aside) and packed with incident. But there’s simply no momentum and no tension. When it’s over, all you’ll remember is a whole lot of gunfire and shouting.



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UK release:

Fri Mar 15, 2013


100 mins

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Eran Creevy


Eran Creevy


James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough, David Morrissey

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Moderately entertaining action thriller which might have been improved by better characterisation and a dab of humour. McAvoy IS miscast. I always enjoy watching Johnny Harris, who exudes an air of threat and danger as scarily as fellow Brit Stephen Graham.