Writer: Dzamira DzafriWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
“Contraband” and “Margin Call”
If you are expecting a hard hitting action movie with "Welcome To The Punch", turn back and go search for something else. However, if you appreciate the action/crime films that require a little more brainwork and concentrating then you have come to the right place.
The first thing you will notice about this movie is how insanely gorgeous it is. The major colour theme they used was a strange and exciting almost neon green. During most of the film, you will become more cautious and weary of the green but the colour is just a tiny part of what made the film the cinematic pleasure to watch.
It is a given from the beginning that you will be transfixed by how beautiful the cinematography is, but after a very slow and dull beginning as they set the story you will get sucked in the story itself with the character twists. You will start to question who you trust.
The beginning of the film was not too bad with the beautiful and heart-thumping into of James McAvoy chasing Mark Strong relentlessly, despite being ordered to let Strong's character go.
But after the great scene at the start it suddenly turned into a criminal drama with plenty of conversation in different British accents from different characters, and if you are not used to it you would need to watch it again to understand it thoroughly.
Many of the scenes with just talk for almost half of the movie can put almost anyone to sleep as it felt really unnecessary, especially for people who were expecting a little more action.
Though it may seem like it, not all the scenes were just talk, because any scene with Mark Strong had automatically made it a lot more interesting. While we are not playing favourites (although he most certainly is one), Strong's character Jacob Sternwood is a highly complicated criminal mastermind who seemed too smart to be caught by the authorities. He also played the role of a father, and the complexity in that part of the story is also very captivating.
You may seem to think about one thing but then a twist or a turn of events make you think otherwise and this factor will make the film worth watching, even though you have to wait a while for the next action scene, as the scenes are very well executed.Cinema Online, 15 April 2013