This stylised British crime flick is reminiscent of a typical slick South Korean gangster film. Mostly filmed at night and with a tight as fuck intro the film introduces Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) as a super villain with a heart being chased after the fumbling but determined Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy) after an altercation he gets shot in the knee and is left writhing in pain by Strong. Many years later McAvoy is struggling with his hate for Strong and dealing with being an inadequate officer. Teaming up with a young colleague Sarah Hawks (Andrea Riseborough from Byzantium) he starts chasing after Jacob who has been driven out of hiding after his son is injured.
Max catches up to Jacob and his gang who includes the enigmatic Roy (Peter Mullan) and the antics commence. It’s filled with British dark humor and some intense action scenes. The play off between Strong and McAvoy is very brave, starting out as enemies and eventually breaking down boundaries and having to work together showing a lot of character and versatile acting from both. Continue reading Welcome to the Punch (2013)