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Welcome to the Punch (2013)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  15 March 2013 (UK)
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When a notorious criminal is forced to return to London, it gives a detective one last chance to take down the man he's always been after.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Warns
Nathan Bartnick
Roy Edwards
Natasha Little ...
Jane Badham
Juka Ogadowa
Iris Warns
Harvey Crown
Ruan Sternwood
Robert Wiseman
Jay Simpson ...


Former criminal Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London from his Icelandic hideaway when his son is involved in a heist gone wrong. This gives detective Max Lewinsky one last chance to catch the man he has always been after. As they face off, they start to uncover a deeper conspiracy they both need to solve in order to survive. Written by Anonymous

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A Stunning, Intelligent Thriller


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 March 2013 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Punch 119  »

Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,736 (USA) (29 March 2013)


$6,787 (USA) (5 April 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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There is a slow-motion scene in the middle of the film. The 2009 film Wanted, also starring James McAvoy is best known for its epic slow motion action sequences. See more »


When Max Lewinsky drains body fluids out of his knee using a syringe he is smoking a cigarette. After he drained the body fluids out of his knee he sprays the fluid into a pan and then taking a final smoke of his cigarette. The cigarette he throws into the pan with his body fluids appears to be taller than when he took the final draw. See more »


Max Lewinsky: I'm paid to catch crooks, not get them elected.
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Not a lot of punch after all
21 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Welcome To The Punch made me leave the cinema feeling very confused. Not because of the storyline, no. The tale is set in a blue-tinted, modern day London. Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy) is still pretty hung up over being shot by bad guy Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) and gets his one chance at revenge when Sternwood returns to London after his son Ruan (Elyes Gabel) is shot himself and severely injured. Simple enough.

Whilst the casting was strong, the acting solid (especially McAvoy's portrayal of a man obsessed with revenge and filled with anger and self-hatred) and the film itself is shot beautifully, I couldn't help but leave feeling I'd been robbed of a real movie, a real ending. Whilst there are moments when unexpected gunshots will cause you jump a good couple of feet out the chair, there are only so many shoot-outs you can sit through before wondering if anyone even knows how to use a gun. Especially when the people using them are supposedly some of the best marksmen around. So whilst there are tales of corruption, unexplained changes of heart and some shocking, upsetting moments, the storyline becomes relatively predictable too early on for my liking and the film seems to come to a sudden, abrupt end.

If you're looking to be entertained for just under a couple of hours without questioning too much, this is the film for you. If like me you expect more from a movie with a cast and the budget shown, prepare to leave the screen feeling as if you've been poked a few times in the arm, hardly punched.

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