Welcome to the Punch
After Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy) let Jacob Sternwood escape years ago after a heist and remained with a bullet in his leg, his career kinda went downhill. He’s still one of the better cops in the department but the fire that used to drive him has started burning quite a bit smaller.
When Sternwoods son Ruan gets picked up at the airport with a bullet in his belly Lewinsky sees this as his opportunity to get Sternwood after all. Ruan gets moved to a public hospital that’s easily accessible in the hopes that his father comes to visit him but Sternwood quickly realises it’s a trap and decides instead to find out who shot Ruan. This search leads to a conspiracy where Sternwood and Lewinsky will see they’ll be needing each other’s help if they want to survive…
Welcome to the Punch is a rather standard cop movie where the “good guy” has to work together with the “bad guy” in other to catch the “worse guys”. The story is extremely predictable and even though the makers do their best to make everything look dynamic and filled with action, the movie never managed to rise above the average of the genre. The movie does what it’s supposed to but colors between the lines carefully, the characters seem to start working together by accident and without conviction, and there’s never any real depth that could lift the story to a higher level.
Is Welcome to the Punch then a total failure? No, luckily not. It’s quite the average cop movie that does its job adequately, but sadly enough it just never manages to surprise.
Since the success of Guy Ritchie we see more and more movies coming from the UK, trying to be “different” and “stylish” (see also “The Sweeney”) but up to now they seem to try this mostly by playing with visual tricks rather than delivering an Original story. Welcome to the Punch steps in this exact same trap and therefore delivers an experience that’s got some nice shots, but never goes above and beyond.
As said there’s some visual trickery and you notice this from the first second. Just like the previously mentioned movie “The Sweeney” an atmosphere is created by playing with colors and here the reds get suppressed in advantage of neon-blue surroundings. It all looks nice, though, the level of detail is high and the close-ups look really good, but in some scenes there a bit too much noise added to make this reference material.
The sound also is of top notch quality with a lot of use of the different channels and subwoofer for effects as well as music, while dialogues never get overwhelmed. The movies isn’t quite on the level of true blockbusters, but for this genre the soundtrack does sit with the best in its kind.
If you want extras you’ll have to go to other regions as over here in the Benelux we don’t get any.