Creevy's ambitions are admirable and he creates an impressive sense of atmosphere throughout, but it's let down by a sketchy plot and surface-level characters.
| Original Score: 3/5
What really registers in WELCOME TO THE PUNCH is the chase scenes and the high intensity with which it all plays out.
"Welcome to the Punch" is derivative, dumb fun.
It becomes something of a disquisition on mortality in spite of itself.
| Original Score: B
A super solid action flick. Strong and McAvoy are terrific, and the film oozes style. Fans of Michael Mann or vintage John Woo need to check this out.
| Original Score: 8/10
Part of the pleasure of watching a movie like "Welcome to the Punch" is peeling away the multiple layers of inspiration, isolating the allusions and figuring out if they're what works or whether the movie earns a little credit.
This flawed, yet watchable action homage doesn't quite live up to its gun-toting influences, but a marvellous roster of Grade-A Brits tips the scales in Welcome To The Punch's favour.
The set pieces (most especially the opening robbery) are expertly, if self-consciously staged.
A thriller fashioned as the British Heat. Not too distinctive then but at least the cockney version dazzles as it regurgitates.
After the tiny drama Shifty, British filmmaker Creevy turns to both Hong Kong and Hollywood for inspiration, creating an unusually glossy, explosive London cop thriller.
The plotting and dialogue may not always be top drawer but director Eran Creevy carries it off with slick confidence.
Between Welcome to the Punch and Shifty there are all the ingredients for a masterpiece...and you wouldn't bet against Creevy putting them all together next time around.
| Original Score: 4/5
Producer and fellow impressionist Ridley Scott must surely be impressed with what the younger film-maker has achieved with 8.5 million
This Punch will leave a mark.
There's hope for the humble British crime thriller yet.
There are some quite gripping moments along the way. It's pretty good, just not great.
The result is a tightly plotted thriller that looks like The Shard but occasionally sounds like The Gherkin. It gets away with it.
Watchable British thriller enlivened by stylish direction, some impressive production design and strong performances from a superb cast ...
Refreshingly, this is a London-based crime flick that completely breaks with the usual chirpy Cockney formula. But have we really got to the stage where we have to tool-up Mr Tumnus?
For most of the run-time, Welcome To The Punch is thrillingly cinematic, beautifully made, smarter and funnier than you'd expect, and a phenomenal showcase for Creevy and his team.
| Original Score: B+