518. Welcome to the Punch

Background info

518-welcome-to-the-punchTitle: Welcome to the Punch
Director: Eran Creevy
Year: 2013
Run time: 1hr 39m

“Ex criminal Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London from his Icelandic hideaway when his son is arrested after suffering a gunshot wound during a heist gone wrong. This gives Sternwood’s arch enemy, detective Max Lewinsky, his last chance to catch the man he’s always been after. As the two nemeses hurtle towards each other, they start to uncover a deeper conspiracy that they will both need to solve in order to survive. From executive producer Ridley Scott, Welcome to the Punch is a pulse pounding, hi octane ride through the mean streets of London.”

Live blog

3:20 – That’s a pretty impressive glass building all decked out in blue.
4:25 – This can’t be London, there’s no traffic on the roads.
13:34 – Calamity Jane is a good film.
14:48 – Love David Morrissey.
20:08 – He told them it wouldn’t work. No one ever listens to the rogue employee with a personal vendetta.
24:08 – “Not too close to it, just over it.”
27:34 – It is unfortunate how easily the legend name is handed out.
33:49 – The son got into the family business then.
35:31 – She’s kind of awesome.
42:46 – You can’t just get shot in the leg and then go chasing about after bad guys.
44:33 – Logistician is a weird word. Doesn’t roll off the tongue right.
45:15 – Does she always carry a hammer around with her? Odd choice.
59:05 – Empty dance club is creepy.
1:06:08 – Oh right, I can see what it looks like now.
1:07:26 – That was a really bad hospital visit for both of them.
1:15:23 – Ooh, slo-mo shootout. Cool.
1:24:59 – That’s one leg and one arm, he’s going for the full set.

Conclusions

In the mood for something slightly low key, we picked this out on Netflix, and low key is exactly what it was. Really, it was like a BBC drama but with better lighting. A brilliant colour scheme and some fabulous cinematography, but ultimately just a bit of a detective drama around the glossier parts of London.

There’s some conspiracy involved, that gets bigger and bigger to the point where it’s almost unbelievable, and for whatever reason, the big showdown felt a bit out of place to me. I did enjoy James McAvoy though, doing a great job displaying a seething resentment that stopped just short of the more traditional rage. Not a bad way to spend ninety minutes, but not really anything special either.

Rating: 3/5.

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