Welcome to the Punch [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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
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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This movie was a great movie starring James McAvoy as a police officer proving what an awesome actor he is. It was full of action and drama. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Pat Howell
I really liked this movie. It is an action movie and was really very good.Published 2 months ago by Lori Perkins
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could have been a lot better. it left you hanging. so many ways i5 could have been betterPublished 5 months ago by zephod beeblebrox
I enjoyed this film. There is much dashing about, lots and lots of shooting and general mayhem. The acting is OK (esp. Mark Strong) and the directing is routine. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chris Gibbs