Style that still lets the bride shine...
Welcome to the punch
DIRECTOR: Eran Creevy
CAST: James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough, Johnny Harris, David Morrissey
RUNNING TIME: 99 minutes
There are a few things to keep in mind before seeing the movie. It’s probably one that would be better to see in the comfort of your home, but then you would miss out on the big screen which is really what the film is about – style rather than substance.
There’s a complicated story attached about a disgruntled and damaged cop who has a second chance at the criminal who returns to London because his son has been caught by police. The son is shot and lying in hospital.
This is when detective Lewinsky (McAvoy) knows that he will have another shot at catching Jacob Sternwood (Strong), the man who almost destroyed his life.
The beginning of the film signposts with almost assault- ing visuals and such a show of strength, you know immediately, that’s the real story.
If you’re expecting Guy Ritchie who comes at you with substance and a particular style, this isn’t it.
The story is fairly complex but if you sit down and really think, the holes will probably dis- integrate the whole. This isn’t what they’re gunning for.
It’s the powerful backdrop of the city shot in a stunning midnight blue and gun-metal grey with lights that allow the city to shimmer in futuristic hues that steals the show.
The showy bike choreography with which the four robbers escape in the opening scenes as they slide into what seems the start of their next move is in perfect unison.
We know that wouldn’t happen, but it’s fun to watch.
That and the cast who represent a fresh take on this kind of acting. It’s British cool. McAvoy is per- haps not your obvious cop but with his serious intent, he pulls it off while his antagonist Strong is the perfect villain. You’re almost sorry he’s the bad guy because you badly want to root for him.
There’s not that much to hold on to but in the end, just the watch- ing, the look and the way the cast throw all their energy at you is enough to take the ride.
And perhaps more than any- thing, catch the perfect scene-stealing moment with the killer’s mother in a mini showdown spectacular.
Creevy, who directs and writes, is not Ritchie who wears the British crime director’s mantle smartly, but there’s some appeal in the way he tells a story.
He has the style savvy and now needs to aim for the substance.
If you liked Fast and Furious 6 and Contraband, you might like this one.