With Ridley Scott executive producing, James McAvoy in the lead, a supporting cast that includes Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough, Peter Mullan and more, all in a gritty crime flick directed by a rising Evan Creevy, perhaps expectations were a bit higher for “Welcome To The Punch.” We figured it might be the kind of thing that rolled into SXSW or Sundance, but instead, you can just check it out at home at the end of March.
IFC Flims has given the picture a March 27th limited theatrical date with a VOD bow to follow three days later on March 30th. Hmm… The film tells the story of story of two arch-nemeses: detective Max Lewinsky (McAvoy) and master criminal Jacob Sternwood (Strong). When Sternwood’s son turns up in a hospital due to a failed heist, he’s forced to return to London – giving Max his second chance to get the one criminal who got away, and along the way he uncovers a vast conspiracy.
Generic thriller or something a bit meatier? Let’s hope for the latter, but with Danny Boyle’s “Trance” also arriving just over a week later on April 5th, let’s hope it doesn’t get forgotten about entirely.