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Welcome to the Punch

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Stylish English cop flick has violence, language.

Movie PG-13 2013 100 minutes
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Writer/director Eran Creevy seems to have put a great deal of work into this mystery story, doling out clues at certain spots and piecing it all together at the climax. But what really registers in WELCOME TO THE PUNCH is the chase scenes and the high intensity with which it all plays out. Even a typical conversation, a simple exchange of information, occurs in places like a murder scene at night.

McAvoy never seems to let his character rest; he simply quivers and hungers for vengeance and retribution. Happily, the usually over-the-top Strong is refreshingly subtle here, and he ties together some interesting character relationships, especially between the two enemies. Indeed, the entire cast of British character actors is effective in this movie. Where it falls short is in its pacing. It's a bit too quick and jumbled, and it can make the movie seem fairly lightweight. But even for a lightweight entertainment, Welcome to the Punch still isn't bad.

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