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Welcome to the Punch [Blu-ray] (2013)

James McAvoy , Mark Strong , Eran Creevy  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James McAvoy, Mark Strong
  • Directors: Eran Creevy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,548 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Three years ago, master criminal Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong, Sherlock Holmes, Zero Dark Thirty) escaped London during a daring robbery that left detective Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy, X-Men: First Class, Wanted) physically and emotionally scarred. When a failed heist puts Sternwood s son in a hospital, the fugitive is forced to come out of hiding giving Max his second chance to get the one criminal who got away. But as Max returns to the pursuit of his arch-nemesis, he begins to uncover evidence of a vast conspiracy that may put him in even greater danger than his personal vendetta.  From executive producer Ridley Scott, WELCOME TO THE PUNCH is a sleek, modern thriller co-starring Andrea Riseborough (W.E., Shadow Dancer) and Peter Mullan (Tyrannosaur, War Horse).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Despite a somewhat tepid critical reaction, I was still looking forward to the British crime drama "Welcome to the Punch." The movie is loaded with a tremendous cast that includes James McAvoy, Mark Strong, David Morrissey, Peter Mullan, and Andrea Riseborough. This, along with stylish action and beautiful cinematography, made the film a lot more involving than I had anticipated. Trust me, nighttime in downtown London has never looked so glorious! At the heart of "Welcome to the Punch" is a weathered cop (McAvoy) and the seasoned criminal (Strong) that haunts him. We've seen this obsessed cat-and-mouse dynamic played out in countless other films, but the evolution of their relationship still seemed quite fresh. As they both get involved in a dense plot of corruption and murder, they may have surprising common interests. And as the film progresses, I was more and more caught up in this developing bond. In the capable hands of McAvoy and Strong, this tenuous alliance has more impact and tension than a dozen well choreographed shoot-outs.

The movie begins with a rather improbable chase through the deserted streets of London. McAvoy pursues Strong relentlessly and single-handedly before being shot through the knee. With Strong escaping, McAvoy's knee injury remains a physical reminder of this fateful night that changed his career irrevocably. Fast forwarding three years, McAvoy is distant and surly. Paired with Riseborough, the two are investigating a recent shooting that is leading nowhere. When, however, Strong's son is apprehended with a gunshot wound, department attention shifts to the potential to draw his father out of hiding. As Strong returns to action to find out what happened to his son, a reinvigorated McAvoy sees a chance at redemption.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good vs. bad: mutations of evil and forgiveness April 6, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Eran Creevy has written and directed a fast-paced, desperately confusing film that is tough to decipher and in many ways scorns credibility. But if action packed dark thrillers fill the bill for you then WELCOME TO THE PUNCH certainly will. Just be prepared that a lot of the story begs indulgence until the very end.

The film opens in medias res with a robbery where one perpetrator Jacob Sternwood (the always reliable Mark Strong is a very sold portrayal) wounds eager detective Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy looking a bit scruffy with a wannabe beard) in the leg. Three years later the story begins. Now `former criminal' Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London from his Icelandic hideaway when his son Ruan (the very handsome and sensitive and underused Elyes Gabel) is involved in a heist gone wrong. This gives detective Max Lewinsky one last chance to catch the man he has always been after. His partner is a female version of Max - Sarah Hanks (Andrea Riseborough)- and the tow are under the leadership of detectives Thomas Geiger (David Morrissey) and Harvey Crown (Jason Flemyng). Events begin to change with eh entry of a new criminal Dean Warns (Johnny Harris) and his presence begins to open doors as to who is really a good guy and who is a bad guy. As they face off, they start to uncover a deeper conspiracy Jacob and Max both need to solve in order to survive.

The cast is uniformly fine, including the bit parts played by such actors as Daniel Kaluuya, Ruth Sheen, Daniel Mays and Dannielle Brent. The story involves good cop/bad cop, transformation of images, political snafus, and a lot of firepower. The plot is often too muddled to decipher but the action is fast and the acting is super. Grady Harp, April 13
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"When you take him down you take him down hard and I'll make sure the whole world is watching." Max Lewinsky (McAvoy) is a detective who is good at what he does. When he finally gets the chance to stop Jacob Sternwood (Strong), the man he has been looking for, he ends up getting shot and Jacob gets away. Three years later Jacob's son winds up in the hospital and Max again sees a chance to take him down but the closer he gets to Jacob the more truths he begins to uncover. I have been a fan of the British crime dramas for awhile now. I was looking forward to seeing this one. This one isn't too bad but I have seen others that I have liked more. The acting is great and the story keeps you involved and interested to see what is going to happen. There are enough twists in the movie to keep you guessing. It does seem a little slow in some parts but for the most part this is a good movie and if you are a fan of the genre then you will enjoy this one as well. Overall, a movie I enjoyed being a fan of this type of movie. I give it a B.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was expecting... November 3, 2013
If you want to watch an uncomplicated (and rather predictable) thriller packed with action and gun shooting with lots of bodies everywhere (at the end, at least), then this one will be for you, and you are likely to enjoy it at least as much as I did.

The characters are not exactly original - the once-wounded cop who has failed and the top gangster who got away but is forced to come back. The outcome - the two will be forced to ally with each other and face down, successfully of course, a major conspiracy - has virtually zero surprises. However, you know all that (or at least I did) before buying and watching the film. Both of the main characters played by James McAvoy (the cop) and Mark Strong (the gangster) are rather good in their respective roles.

There is nothing extraordinary with this film, not even the story itself. It's just a rather good and entertaining action film where you can sit back, relax and watch the show. It will clearly not win any Oscars but it was entertaining and uncomplicated, even if not very plausible. This was exactly what I expected and exactly what I got.

So I liked it and will accordingly rate it four stars...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was a good movie
Published 9 days ago by Chad hill
4.0 out of 5 stars "An enemy of my enemy is my friend..."
Action-packed English crime-drama.


An up-and-coming London detective (Max Lewinsky) gets shot in the leg by a notorious criminal (Jacob Sternwood)... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Luke
3.0 out of 5 stars Too bad half of it is on cutting-room floor
The bonus feature mentions that a lot of back-story was cut, which left the film with a lot of action (shooting, punching, yelling); that's all well and good, but personally, I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by sharon d
3.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Punch
Welcome to the punch , well James McAvoy is a good actor but this movie is lacking it's not bad but it's not compelling. Will it pass 2 hours of your time .. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tracey
5.0 out of 5 stars The acting overall is very good & the plot is tense
Aah, another Mark Strong movie -- & he's got one of the leads. I normally don't care for action movies, but this one held my interest, and not just because of Mr. Strong. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Deborah Craft-Marks
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll watch and re-watch a million times over!
This is a fantastic movie! Action packed, well-written storyline, and two of the best actors you could ask for! Both Mark Strong and James McAvoy are brilliant! :)
Published 1 month ago by Pure Textuality
4.0 out of 5 stars Guns, Guns and more Guns
You need to be able to deal with British films to fully enjoy this one. There is plenty of action so I was happy right there. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kenneth Harrigan
4.0 out of 5 stars the punch
Good cast-a lot of action-a little light on story but worth a look.
Published 3 months ago by brandon
4.0 out of 5 stars A Steadily-Paced, Stylish British Crime Saga
"Welcome to the Punch" is a British crime thriller from writer/director Eran Creevy and produced by Ridley Scott centered around Detective Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy), who three... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jared M. Kuntz
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous mystery
I love the leads, story and especially the score. It is fast paced & gripping with a despicable villain. Watch it.
Published 7 months ago by Lindley R. Heher
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