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Welcome to the Punch (2013)

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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.

Director:

Eran Creevy

Writer:

Eran Creevy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James McAvoy ... Max Lewinsky
Mark Strong ... Jacob Sternwood
Andrea Riseborough ... Sarah Hawks
Johnny Harris ... Dean Warns
Daniel Mays ... Nathan Bartnick
David Morrissey ... Thomas Geiger
Peter Mullan ... Roy Edwards
Natasha Little ... Jane Badham
Daniel Kaluuya ... Juka Ogadowa
Ruth Sheen ... Iris Warns
Jason Flemyng ... Harvey Crown
Elyes Gabel ... Ruan Sternwood
Robert Portal ... Robert Wiseman
Jason Maza ... Luke
Jay Simpson ... Barber
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A Stunning, Intelligent Thriller

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Punch 119 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,736, 31 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,787, 7 April 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Max Lewinsky: [calling it in] Nathan?
Nathan Bartnick: Talk to me.
Max Lewinsky: Yes, it's tonight. Sternwood is doing it tonight.
Nathan Bartnick: Jesus, Max, you've got it! Where?
Max Lewinsky: Aberdeen Square.
Nathan Bartnick: Are you sure?
Max Lewinsky: Yeah. Yeah, I'm positive.
[punches guy squirming underneath him]
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Heroic Bloodshed in the East End
20 March 2013 | by mrda1981See all my reviews

Inspired by Hong Kong 'heroic bloodshed' flicks, this hardnosed cops 'n' robbers tale certainly lives up to its name. James McAvoy's supercop exhibits a dogged intensity in his hunt for Mark Strong's antiheroic supercrim. During their heated cat-and-mouse game, the two uncover a conspiracy much bigger than their own dispute.

The two leads keep things moving along nicely with their ambiguous dynamic, with a supporting cast of familiar faces picking up back-end duties rather nicely. Special mention must go to Shane Meadows favourite Johnny Harris who, as a cold-blooded ex-military henchman, exudes a barely-restrained predatory animalism, familiar to those who saw him in This is England '86. Top performances, decent pacing, and an ending which refuses to settle it all in quite the neat and tidy way one would expect.


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