Despite its promising cast and iconic London setting, All Things To All Men fails to grab your attention and run off through Regent Street with it. Slow paced, confused and anti-climactic, the best part of the film is when Lenny Kravitz’s Are You Gonna Go My Way is, for some reason, blared out over the credits; allowing you to get your air guitar on with careless abandon. What is it with action films set in the capital and their inability to be remotely entertaining?
From the outside it seems as if this latest British crime thriller ticks all the right boxes. Mark Strong as a bad guy? Tick. Ridley Scott producing? Tick. Cop versus criminal, car chases, bullets flying everywhere and anywhere? Tick. Trouble is, one can’t escape the feeling that someone’s thrust some big-name actors and an exhausted plotline into an A Level project, making Welcome to the Punch mediocre at its best and laborious at its worst.