Critics Consensus

A middling crime thriller largely assembled from wearyingly familiar parts, Blitz sacks a game Jason Statham's performance behind the line of genre scrimmage.



Total Count: 25


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A fast-paced thriller set in contemporary London, "Blitz" reflects the challenges faced by a group of police officers working in a modern, multi-cultural society. A raw, gritty tale of moral ambiguity, outsiders and the sacrifices the police make to keep crime off British streets.

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Critic Reviews for Blitz

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5)

  • It is an unedifying film, slickly directed and photographed, but lacking conviction and much inferior to the police procedurals you can see any night on television.

    May 23, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Top Critic
  • All three men give searing performances and young cinematographer Robert Hardy dwells with palpable relief on their expressive features.

    May 20, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • Who knows, we might be looking at the evolution of the guilty-pleasure movie - padded out with top-drawer talent to spare audience blushes.

    May 19, 2011 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Top Critic
  • It's all been seen before and will be seen again, and again.

    May 19, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to know how seriously anyone besides Statham is taking this - but that only adds to its absurd, cock-eyed charm.

    May 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Smart, sharp, shocking, and at times bloody (and bloodily) hilarious, Blitz's witty script and pacy action elevates its simple premise into a brilliantly gritty tale of moral ambiguity.

    Mar 11, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blitz

  • Jul 12, 2015
    Netflix's description of this film describes Statham's character as someone with anger issues. Yea, look, that pretty much describes every Jason Statham action film out there. If this guy didn't have some sort of anger issues, then he would not kick so much ass in all the films he's in. And this is referring to Statham's characters and not the man himself. He seems like he's a pretty cool dude to hang out with. I could be wrong, but that's the vibe he gives off. Anyway, this description is honestly kind of silly given the nature of the characters Jason Statham usually plays. On to this film. This was, surprisingly, more of a thriller than action film and it's not a half bad one at that. I mean it's predictable and formulaic as shit, but that's not something that, in a film that's made well and solidly, that's really gonna be much of an issue. And this film, at the very least, is a competently made thriller and it does have a good cast. Paddy Considine is always good as is Aidan Gillen. Zawe Ashton, who I had never seen before this film, is probably the one with the most to do, performance-wise, in the film and she also delivers the goods. Jason Statham is fairly solid here as well. So, as you can see, I cannot complain about the casting of the film one bit. Perhaps the scripting of the film did leave a lot to be desired. Outside of Zawe's character, none of them really have any depth. The only thing that Considine's character has going for him, despite Considine himself being quite good in the film, is that he's gay and he, I think, killed a pedophile. Statham's character has his anger issues. So, as you can see, the characters are as one-dimensional as they get. With that said, the film is still pretty interesting to follow. It might not be what you call good, due in part to the one-dimensional characters and predictable nature of its story, but I still enjoyed watching the film. It's pretty decent as a bit of wish-fulfillment vengeance stuff, clearly ending in a way that almost no real-life investigation ever would, but doing so in a satisfying fashion. With that said, I wouldn't call this a good movie, but I'd see it's a pretty decent thriller with some good performances and a good ending. Wouldn't exactly go out of my way to watch it, but it's a fairly decent little movie and it won't make you pull your hair out if you choose to watch it.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2012
    In "Blitz," the upside of DS Tom Brant(Jason Statham) being investigated for any number of infractions is that he has plenty of time to provide solace to his colleagues like WPC Elizabeth Falls(Zawe Ashton), just out of rehab and frustrated at not passing the sergeant's exam and DCI Bruce Roberts(Mark Rylance) who just lost his wife. While Roberts is out on bereavement leave, he is replaced by Porter Nash(Paddy Considine). Brant unlike his fellow cops does not care that he is gay. That general attitude complicates Nash's first big case, trying to find a killer(Aidan Gillen) of policemen. And as he informs tabloid journalist Harold Dunlop(David Morrissey), there will be more bodies, as he takes on the nom du guerre Blitz. 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.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2012
    Detective Sergeant Tom Brant: A word of advice, girls. If you're picking the wrong fight... at least pick the right weapon.  "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.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2012
    This is of course another guilty pleasure film for me as I am a Jason Statham fan and like his quirky bad-ass characters who are literally unstoppable in his many action films. The last several years he has been churning out film after film and while only a couple of these are really "good" films they are mostly entertaining and at least fun and fast-paced action-romps. "Blitz" features a pretty solid British cast made up of various television and film actors/actresses who make the film feel very very British which for me being half British is always a great thing! The film is typical in it's pace and action but the villain in the film comes off as pathetic when put against Statham who never once even vaguely feels threatened or concerned by this cop-killer. He may be able to kill several dimwitted and often unaware or just plain pathetic policemen without much fuss when it comes down to it he is just a punk that ultimately you know is going to be taken care of by Statham and company. While the script, plot and pretty much every other aspect is either conventional or plain cliched the film manages to be entertaining enough to keep your attention. Mind you this is a very light script with little to work with and far from creative but at least it focuses on it's strong points the most, Jason Statham kicking ass that is, and little else.
    Chris B Super Reviewer

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