Rating: 2 stars out of 5
The Stars: Jason Statham, Paddy Considine, Aiden Gillen, David Morrissey, Zawe Ashton
The Buzz: This flick is based on the novel of the same name written by Ken Bruen.
The Story: Statham stars as Detective Sergeant Tom Brant, a reckless police officer stationed in contemporary London who has a habit of taking things into his own hands. When a cop-killer starts executing police murders, Brant goes on the verge of burn out. A key question in the movie: “If we can't protect our own, then what good are we?” basically sums up the story at hand.
inSing.com thinks: A Jason Statham movie tends to be a pretty standard affair, so obviously we're not going to award high marks in terms of innovation here. But whoever said a movie has to be totally original to be entertaining? This film obviously knows it what it is doing and what it is supposed to be. It's a straight up action flick with gratuitous violence and an intense, though rather cliché crime plot. As mentioned, the violence here is pretty gory for normal standards so take heed, although if you're a Statham fan you should be able to take it. There is a sort of grittiness to this film from the way it is shot that makes it pleasant and reminiscent of films like The Departed which similarly takes place in a seedy area of a big city.
Jason Statham & Paddy Considine in Blitz
The movie is a crime thriller filled with, as you might expect, lots of action. It mostly rides on the shoulders of Statham's gruffy British tough guy smarts and badass one-liners. The movie's opening scene, in which Statham takes out a group of snot-nosed punks with a hurley stick serves to perfectly illustrate this with a heavy dose of humorous thrash talking from Statham’s Brant as he whacks them with the unlikeliest of weapons.
Paddy Considine plays Sgt. Porter North, a transfer from the more respectable West London Branch who is placed as Acting Inspector. In the seedy South East, the self-described “queer” cop looks out of place and is the complete opposite of Brant. His well-dressed and soft spoken demeanour stands out in a stark contrast to Brant. However, throughout the film they find out that they share a lot more in common that you might think, especially when they're pushed to the edge.
The villain, Barry Weiss, is played by Aidan Gillen who portrays him with an over the top sensibility that comes across as insane yet vulnerable at the same time. The rest of the plot is tied up together with various subplots including that of PC Elizabeth Falls, an ex-undercover cop who is struggling with addiction. These subplots attempt to tackle commentary on modern social issues but are unconvincing at best.
With all that said, there's nothing new or radical about this film. You can probably tell what the movie is all about just by the poster alone. Well, if you’re interested in watching this, there's no lousy production that'll ruin it. It's shot clinically. You won't remember this film but it's a good way to spend a lazy evening or day. It's hokey but in a good way because it's unapologetic about it and embraces it, making it a pretty hilarious and entertaining watch.