Eran Creevy has been working his way up the ladder in filmmaking for years. A production assistant on Layer Cake, a third assistant director on Life and Lyrics, he made his debut as a writer-director in 2008 with the British thriller Shifty, which starred Four Lions' Riz Ahmed and Atonement's Daniel Mays. The film went on to earn Creevy a BAFTA nod for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, giving him plenty of attention for his follow-up, Welcome to the Punch.

This time around Creevy scored some bigger names, including James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough and Peter Mullan. McAvoy fronts this original crime drama as Detective Max Lewisky, a man dedicated to taking down Jacob Sternwood, the notorious criminal played by Strong. Typically, Sternwood is an elusive figure, but when his son (Game of Thrones' Elyes Gabel) finds in trouble in London, this dedicated dad rushes to his rescue…and into trouble of his own. The clip below—courtesy of Total Film—sets up this pivotal decision:

While the clip offers little in way of plot, it does give an idea of the moodiness and drama of Creevy's latest. Thankfully, there's a trailer for a more intense look at Welcome to the Punch, as well as a graphically sharp poster that suggests this won't be your standard tale of cop and crook. From what we've seen so far, this pic produced by Ridley Scott looks like it could be something gritty and sensational. And of course, it's thrilling whenever filmmakers give the always-solid supporting player Strong a chance to show his stuff!

Welcome to the Punch opens in the U.S. on March 27th.

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