Writer/director Eran Creevy found the sweet spot between action and psychological thriller with "Welcome to the Punch." Starring James MacAvoy as obsessed cop Max Lewinsky and Mark Strong as criminal mastermind Jacob Sternwood, the typical cat and mouse game takes unexpected turns. During Sternwood's last big heist, Lewinsky almost catches him single-handed. While Lewinsky sees himself as a failure, Sternwood lives in spectacular luxury until Sternwood's son ends up in police custody. Both men will go to any length to triumph over the other, but the situation becomes far more complicated than mere self-sacrifice. Lewinsky navigates bureaucratic machinations and tangles with a new partner. Sternwood needs to ferret out the people his son was working for. The film features the expected shoot outs, chase scenes, and explosions but there are also issues of grief, self-worth, and a murder in the shadows. In the "making of" feature, MacAvoy says "Welcome to the Punch" is really a character piece. These aren't superheroes or average guys with specialized skills. These are three dimensional characters that bleed and shed tears and make disastrous decisions. If you like a cool thriller with slick acting, welcome to the punch.
--Cindy F., Headquarters