7 out of 10
Released: 20 May 2011
Director: Elliott Lester
Cast: Jason Statham, Aiden Gillen, Paddy Considine, Zawe Ashton, Luke Evans, Ned Dennehy, Joe Dempsie with Mark Rylance and David Morrissey
Writer: Nathan Parker
You may interpret this as faint praise when I say that this is the best Jason Statham (REVOLVER) vehicle yet but I am a great fan of his. He is one of our greatest exports to Hollywood in years. He has succeeded where Craig Fairbrass (WHITE NOISE 2), Gary Daniels (THE EXPENDABLES), Ray Park (ECKS VS SEVER – BALLISTIC) and even Lewis Collins (THE PROFESSIONALS – TV) have crashed and burnt. He’s a true blue British action hero. When he’s called upon he can actually act as well. Blitz is a prime example of The Stath on top form. The sad thing is for every Blitz there’s three The Killer Elites. He can be a rotten actor when he’s keeping bad company or even going solo. Blitz is also a sign that he hasn’t turned his back on the British film industry. Along with this and The Bank Job and the Australian co-production The Killer Elite, he’s definitely not sold up and moved out to LA.
Onto the film in question. Jason Statham plays a maverick cop called Brandt who is on the trail of a cop killer, played by Aiden Gillen (THE WIRE – TV). Said maniac has no qualms in executing beat bobbies in broad daylight in front of a street full of witnesses. This leads to lots of people getting their faces bashed in by our baldy crusader and also weaves in a strange subplot involving a female junky cop. The cast is bulked out with some of the country’s top performers from both stage and film. Paddy Considine (SUBMARINE) plays Brandt’s gay police partner, a bit of a problem for our homophobic hero that gives way to some un-pc old school humour. Stage actor Mark Rylance (ANGELS AND INSECTS) pops up in a rare screen role as Brandt’s doomed washed up boss. I wish this actor was in more films because as his long running role in West End hit Jerusalem proved he’s one of the nation’s best. The plot zips along at a nice pace and there are some nice riffs on the usual police stereotypes. The only downside to this cop thriller is that there are so many shows like this on British television and there can be broad comparisons to that superior soap opera The Bill. The actors may be more expensive and the blood letting a little more visceral but this is essentially a cinema length episode of The Bill. No bad thing I suppose. It highlights Jason Statham‘s ability to act but also draws your attention to the fact that he must be slumming it when it comes to his more regular fare like The Mechanic (2011) or Safe.
So in short, its not a life changer but its a very solid piece of entertainment. A good cop thriller you wouldn’t necessarily have gone out of your way to see at the cinema because it resembles a lot of reasonably good TV shows. It’s a better acting showcase than his old fashioned jape The Bank Job from a few years back. A lot of fun to be had and the villain is little bit more unhinged than the average. Seeing executions on Orpington High Street is certainly a twisted novelty.
7 out of 10 – The best Statham vehicle so far. This doesn’t include ensembles like Snatch, The Expendables etc…. Going BALDLY wear no action hero has gone before….Orpington High Street.
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WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT PERSON IN BEFORE?
- Jason Statham: Meg, Fast and Furious 8, The Mechanic 2, Spy (2015), Wild Card, Fast and Furious 7, The Expendables 3, Heat (2013), Homefront, Hummingbird, Parker, The Expendables 2, Safe, Gnomeo and Juliet (voice), The Killer Elite, The Mechanic, The Expendables, 13 (2010), Crank 2, Transporter 3, Death Race (2008), The Bank Job, War, Crank, The Pink Panther (2006), In The Name Of The King, Transporter 2, Revolver, Cellular, The Italian Job (2003), Mean Machine, The One, Ghost Of Mars, Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
- Aiden Gillen: Pickups, King Arthur – Legend of the Sword, Game Of Thrones (TV), Sing Street, You’re Ugly Too, Still, Maze Runner 2, Calvary, Mister John, The Dark Knight Rises, Shadow Dancer, Treacle Jr, Wake Wood, Twelve Rounds, The Wire (TV), Shanghai Knights, My Kingdom, The Low Down, Queer As Folk (TV), Mojo, Some Mother’s Son, Circle Of Friends
- Paddy Considine: Journeyman, The Girl With All The Gifts, Peaky Blinders (TV), Macbeth (2015), Miss You Already, Child 44, Pride (2014), Honour, The Double (2014), The World’s End, Now Is Good, Tyrannosaur (dir), Submarine, Le Donk and Scorasayzee, The Bourne Ultimatum, Hot Fuzz, Stoned, Cinderella Man, My Summer Of Love, Dead Man’s Shoes, In America, 24 Hour Party People, The Martins, Born Romatic, Last Resort, A Room For Romeo Brass
- Luke Evans: 10×10, Fast & Furious 8, Beauty & The Beast (2017), The Girl On The Train, High-Rise, Flutter, The Hobbit- The Battle of the Five Armies, Dracula- Untold, The Hobbit – The Desolation Of Smaug, Fast And Furious 6, Ashes, No One Lives, Flutter, The Raven, Immortals, The Three Musketeers (2011), Tamara Drewe, Clash Of The Titans (2010), Sex & Drugs & Rock-n-Roll
- Zawe Ashton: Weekender, Dreams of a Life
- Ned Dennehy: Dickensian (TV), Banished (TV), Peaky Blinders (TV), Child 44, Roadkill (2015), The Woman In Black 2, Downhill, Scintilla, Grabbers, Storage 24, Tyrannosaur, The Eagle, The Escapist
- Joe Dempsie: Burn Burn Burn, This Is England ’90 (TV), Monsters 2, Game of Thrones (TV), The Fades (TV), This Is England ’86 (TV), The Damned United, Skins (TV)
- Mark Rylance: Ready Player One, Dunkirk, The BFG, Bridge of Spies, Bing (voice)(TV), Wolf Hall (TV), The Gunman, Anonymous, The Other Boleyn Girl, Intimacy, Angels & Insects, Prospero’s Books
- David Morrissey: The Ones Below, The Walking Dead (TV), Welcome To The Punch, Nowhere Boy, Centurion, Is Anybody There?, The Reaping, The Other Boleyn Girl, Derailed, Basic Instinct 2, Hilary & Jackie, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Born Romantic, Some Voices, Fanny & Elvis, Waterland, Drowning By Numbers