"Killer-Cop Versus Cop-Killer"
Blitz is a traditional cop thriller. There's nothing here that is new or groundbreaking. It's all pretty standard when you look at movies that populate the genre. As it is, Blitz is just an average thriller at best. Some scenes were cool, but most of them were just the same old, same old. If the movie did anything right, it was putting Jason Statham in the lead. He can always take an average action thriller and make it easier to watch.
A tough as nails, rule breaking cop is trying to find a cop killer. From that sentence, you know exactly what you're in for. The rule breaking cop cliche in these type of movies, has been around forever. Since Harry Callahan, these characters have either intrigued us or made us laugh at how cliche they really are. Tom Brant made me kind of do both. I was intrigued just because of Statham and his screen presence, but I also had to laugh at all the extra crap that was thrown into his character. He beats the shit out of criminal, he drinks, he defies authority, and the dialogue that comes out of his mouth could sometimes rival that of a Stallone character like in Cobra.
Blitz definitely isn't the worst movie in its genre, but it will probably do little to excite you, if you've seen more than three movies like it. I, myself, have. So, all this was a movie that sounded thrilling with all the loud noises, but ended up being nothing special. I still don't think Statham has appeared in his best movie. Sure, his early films with Guy Ritchie were good, but if you give this guy a great concept thriller and let him run with it; it could be great. He deserves better films than ones like this and Killer Elite. He's a much better than average action actor, and it's about time his films start reflecting that.
Based in London with a dirty gritty flavour to it the film is a full UK affair with a good solid cast of character actors giving a nice realistic feel but also a slight hint of 'The Bill' at the same time haha. This is perfectly fine I might add and just feels like a TV movie...but with the powerhouse that is Statham running amok in it like a balding rottweiler, actually he doesn't quite fit the film to be honest. Statham has become a total action man and this slow burning stalker type thriller isn't really the vehicle for Statham's skills as he kinda sticks out against the other slow moving coppers and Aidan Gillen's excellently played psychotic killer but its still a good ride.
Statham invites the Hollywood version of himself to merge with himself in on the British scene and the contrast of the Action guy within a gritty tale, just about passes, although little moments could have been toned down to fit in with the rest of the films style.
The story had me glued to the screen and although it's not without it's flaws, it was a very enjoyable film.
Director: Elliott Lester
Summary: With an insidious serial killer known as "the Blitz" on the loose in London, Detective Brant (Jason Statham) takes to the case while working out his own aggression issues with a police-appointed psychiatrist. But when he and his partner (Paddy Considine) eventually corner a suspect, they don't have enough evidence to apprehend him.
My Thoughts: "The movie is just OK. It's not as good as the past flicks I've seen Jason Statham or Paddy Considine in. I expected more action and a bit more development story wise and character wise. Still a decent flick, just not what I was hoping for. The film just didn't deliver. Good acting though. I thought Aidan Gillen was very good as the suspected crazy. Worth the rental."
Detective Sergeant Tom Brant who is dispatched to take down a serial killer hell bent on killing off the police force one by one. "The Blitz" manages to slip through the grasp of Tom every time, and with the precious lives of his colleagues diminishing one by one, Tom is led to the question: if we can't protect our own, then what good are we?
Detective Sergeant Tom Brant (Jason Statham) is a no nonsense cop, under investigation for alleged police corruption. Still, when a serial cop killer (Aiden Gillen) starts kicking around 'daan the Old Kent Road' bumping off the 'bobby's on the beat', Brant is the only guy hard enough to track him down.
Statham has went down a treat in America and has become a new action hero for them, but personally, I'm not into all that. Let's face it, his films are aimed more at teenage boys. As usual, he does his thang of looking tough, talking tough and staying as far away from a razor as possible. Paddy Considine gets a brief moment where his class shines through but it's hard not to feel sorry for him when he's reduced to such material. Why hasn't Considine been snapped up by the American market? He's one of the finest British actors around at present and the biggest surprise for me, is why he's even involved. It manages a marginal interest in seeing what is essentially "Dirty Harry" playing out in London. Nice use of locations also and a gritty urban feel, but sadly that's about all.
Statham's hard man routine is wearing a bit thin these days. Considering he used to be an Olympic diver and a model he talks a bit too big for his britches. He carry's it well and his films are what they are really. Let's put it this way, you hardly need your noodle when watching one of them.
Watch the aforementioned Clint Eastwood/Don Siegel classic instead. It's much more rewarding.
As you can see from the above, there is quite a lot going on in "Blitz," all of which we have seen before, especially the dreaded cliched serial killer. The movie also works at cross purposes calling for tolerance while showing how police and criminals are not that different, and not in a good way, either, almost saying that the police have a right to brutality.(No wonder the look of this film is so grimy.) To highlight that contradiction, the movie goes for an odd couple vibe by casting one of the strangest possible combinations in Jason Statham and Paddy Considine. It is a pleasant surprise that Considine does not blow Statham out of the room, instead taking the low key route in his method acting. On the other hand, Statham might finally be playing a character who is too complex for his gruff charm.
A few loose ends in the story line that the cops couldn't piece together and my dad and I finding them out makes you think they over looked the script for what was a pretty solidly shot movie. I was left wishing that Statham was going to tear through baddies in this movie but it didn't come true.