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Welcome to the Punch

Published in W
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 02:24
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch

    Cops and dobbers.

  • Starring

    James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough, Johnny Harris, Daniel Mays, David Morrissey, Peter Mullan, Jason Flemyng, Elyes Gabel, Natasha Little

  • Directed by

    Eran Creevy

  • Running time

    99 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Lots of people are shot and killed. People are shot at, punched, kicked, beaten, strangled, headlocked, pistol-whipped, elbowed, hit with objects, pursued, threatened at gunpoint. A murdered youth is frequently discussed, seen in newspaper report. Shootouts, objects destroyed, smashed mirror, building explosion, fireball. Armed men wear gas masks. Dangerous driving, break-and-enter, car rammed. Kidnapping, killing, robbing, murder, car accident, false identity, shoplifting, arrests, smuggling guns mentioned. Screaming. Blood/gore: Many corpses. Bloody bullet wounds, blood spray, dripping blood, blood splatter, bloody fingerprint. Blood on heads, faces, clothing, objects. Fluid is frequently extracted from a knee wound (syringe, needle in flesh, extraction, fluid seen). Scars on leg, face; bruising. Photo of corpse.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting. Pornographic magazine is seen from a distance.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking. Prescription pills seen. Minor drug offense mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, pr*ck, p*iss, b*tch, bastard. Name-calling. Religous references and exclamations. Gender, genre, ethnic stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Police work, corruption, justice, revenge, murder, politics, campaigning, evidence, dirty cops, grief, cops and robbers, conspiracy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Son killed, friend killed, dead police officer. Aircraft, hospital, morgue, tattoo parlour settings. Medical procedures (CPR), medical instruments and equipment noises (flatlining), cardiac arrest, tattooing. Dog, planes, helicopter. Animal-skin rug, animal skull on wall. Bright fluorescent lights.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Firmly British, mostly quality cast, intriguing characters, slick action, confident, ambitious, inspired, stylish. London looks gorgeous on screen. Stunning lighting and location choices. Memorable performance from Mark Strong.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    McAvoy doesn't suit role. Too plot-driven, solemn, fast-paced and neon-lit. Screenplay weakens, momentum runs out of steam, storyline becomes convoluted. Almost entirely set at night, unoriginal.