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Welcome To The Punch Blu-ray Review

Welcome To The Punch Blu-ray

“Welcome To The Punch” is a clunky British thriller that never capitalizes on its potentially interesting story.

After Detective Max has a haunting and scarring (literally and figuratively) encounter with a notorious criminal (Jacob) who escaped the law, Max must try and face his fears in order to capture Jacob once again. You see, Jacob (who was off the grid) has come back into the picture after his son winds up dead. One would think that with Jacob making a public reappearance that Max would have a better chance of capturing him, but unfortunately, Max winds up in deep trouble as he becomes framed for the murder of a fellow Detective. As Max and Jacob learn that someone is trying to kill both of them, the two reluctantly have to team up to find out who is responsible.

The poorly titled “Welcome to the Punch” is one of those frustrating movies that you know could be oh so much better. You’d think a film filled with violent slow motion shootouts and storylines about corruption and conspiracy would at least be intense, but this so called thriller is thrill-less. The script (and the movie for that matter) doesn’t have an ounce of realism and the entire film feels sluggish and sloppy. The only time the movie is remotely interesting is at the very end but by that point it’s obviously too late for the film to redeem itself.

It’s a real shame ‘Punch’ never came together like it should considering the amount of talent that is involved in this project. David Morrissey, Mark Strong, and James McAvoy all put in fine performances here, but the most eyebrow raising credit belongs to Ridley Sott (who is billed as a producer). Scott may have his ups and downs, but his films are always worth watching. I don’t how much involvement he had in this, but I’m surprised to see his name on such a shoddy cops and robbers flick.

Video/Audio:

The film, which is presented in 2.40:1 1080p, is mostly shot at night and has a dark blue tint through most of its entirety. Make of that as you will.

This disc contains 5.1 DTS-HD MA and a PCM 2.0 Lossless audio tracks. The PCM track is satisfactory, but the layered DTS track is definitely the one to go with here.

Extras:
* “Welcome To The Punch” trailer and IFC trailers.
* Interviews with Andrea Riseborough, Daniel Mays, David Morrissey, James McAvoy, Johnny Harris, Peter Mullan, and Mark Strong.
* “Making Of” contains film clips, cast and crew interviews, character and plot discussions, etc.

August 16, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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