- Belko Experiment, The
- Finding Fatimah
- Free Fire
- Their Finest
- Fast & Furious 8
- Hatton Garden Job, The
- Boss Baby, The (3D)
- Autopsy of Jane Doe, The
- Lost City of Z, The
- City of Tiny Lights
- Quiet Passion, A
- Void, The
- Man Down
- Ghost in the Shell (3D)
- Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang
- Don't Knock Twice
Love Punch, The
Stars: Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Tuppence Middleton, Marisa Berenson
Director: Joel Hopkins
Lovely people trapped in dreadful film. It's such a pleasure to be in the company of Thompson, Spall, Imrie, and, to a slightly lesser extent, Brosnan, that you can almost forgive them going for a few weeks' location shooting in the French Riviera sun in exchange for appearing in a corny farce with no funny moments, and a villain whom the script makes no attempt to portray as anything but silly and unconvincing.
He's the man who's taken over Brosnan's firm and run it into the ground, depriving the entire staff of both earnings and pension. With kids at university depending on them, Brosnan and ex-wife Thompson decide to steal the bad guy's million-dollar diamond that he's bought his fiancée as a wedding present.
They enlist their friends Spall and Imrie as their accomplices in impersonating two Texas oilmen and their wives who had been invited to the wedding and who are ludicrously easily drugged and trussed up by our fearsome foursome in their hotel rooms.
There follows a cliff-hanging manoeuvre right out of The Guns of Navarone (as if...) before the final attempt to steal the diamond amid tiresome interruptions caused by Thompson and Brosnan's allergies to flowers and cats respectively.
Even if you're fond of these likeable and talented people, and I am, this is sadly one to avoid.
UK/France 2013. UK Distributor: Entertainment One. Colour by Transalux.
94 minutes. Not widescreen. UK certificate: 12A.
Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 1.
Review date: 13 Apr 2014