A top detective uncovers a massive conspiracy while pursuing an elusive criminal in this glossy action thriller from director Eran Creevy and executive producer Ridley Scott. Three years ago, notorious thief Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) slipped through Detective Max Lewinski’s fingers. To this day, Lewinski (James McAvoy) remains haunted by his failure to put Sternwood behind bars. When Sternwood’s son is admitted to a London hospital with a gunshot wound, however, Lewinski knows the boy’s father will show up to spring him. Now, as Lewinski probes deeper into Sternwood’s past than ever before, it quickly becomes apparent he’s just a minor cog in a much bigger machine. Peter Mullan and David Morrissey co-star.
4 stars out of 5 — “A confident, ambitious and action-rich Brit thriller…” (Empire)
“Writer-director Eran Creevy shows himself to be well versed in the mythic sweep of Christopher Nolan’s and Michael Mann’s crime sagas, if not their intelligence with storytelling.” (Los Angeles Times)
“WELCOME TO THE PUNCH keeps redeeming itself with a disarming respect for death in all its forms.” — Grade: B (A.V. Club)