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  • Actors: Jason Statham, Paddy Considine, Aiden Gillen
  • Directors: Elliott Lester
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00505Q9Z0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,223 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Jason Statham (The Mechanic, The Expendables) heads the cast of Blitz as the tough, uncompromising and un-PC detective “Brant”, who is teamed with unlikely partner “Sgt Porter Nash” played by Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum) to investigate a series of police murders. BAFTA and Tony Award-nominee Aidan Gillen (HBO’s The Wire) and fellow BAFTA-nominee David Morrissey (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, State of Play, Nowhere Boy) join the cast as a cop-hating serial killer “Weiss” (Gillen) and hack crime reporter “Dunlop” (Morrissey).

The strong supporting cast includes Tony Award winner Mark Rylance (recently seen at the Royal Court in Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem), Zawe Ashton (St Trinian’s II: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold), Richard Riddell (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans) and Nicky Henson (Vera Drake).
 
Written by Nathan Parker (Moon) and produced by Zygi Kamasa, Steve Chasman (The Bank Job), Brad Wyman and Donald Kushner, Blitz is the second feature to be directed by Elliott Lester.

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Is there an action movie star with the consistency and work ethic of Jason Statham? Few seem as prolific, and while Blitz in some ways follows the template of some of his earlier work, there’s a few really quite interesting touches squeezed in between the credits here.

At heart, Blitz feels like one of those old-fashioned ‘70s cop thrillers that they apparently don’t make any more. Statham is the old fashioned detective who refuses to play by new rules, with his outlook on life hardly in line with politically correct thinking. And he’s up against an extremely unpredictable, volatile foe in the shape of Aiden Gillan’s cop killer.

The two are kept apart for much of Blitz, and this is one of the film’s many wise steps. It allows both to build up respective heads of steam, with Gillen in particular proving to be a really quite distinct villain, and an extremely nasty one.

Behind the camera, you can’t help but feel that director Elliott Lester has done his homework, too. Stylishly, but not fussily, edited, Blitz is gritty, pacy, and knows not to outstay its welcome. There are elements of the film that you’ll have felt you’ve seen before, and there are few surprises to Statham’s performance in particular. Yet that proves to be one of the movie’s strengths, and it’s hard not to chalk Blitz up as another highly watchable entry on Jason Statham’s CV. A good, solid, action thriller. --Jon Foster

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 13 Oct. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
When we meet Jason Statham's 'old school' style copper, he's battering some nasty street thugs with a hurley club.
The characters in Blitz, the film quickly makes it clear, are from the 'real world' not the PC world. There are dirty cops, hookers, homophobia, and some nasty violence. What makes Blitz work is the way it handles these and turns it all into a watchable mix thts less offensive than it sounds. With a slightly '70s feel, and the gritty 'nasty killer at work in a grimy world' atmosphere of the best of the 'Prime Suspect' series, Blitz centres around a killer who suddenly and nastily starts murdering cops.
Into this mix steps Paddy Considine as an openly gay Sergeant promoted in charge of the investigation. Considine is typically excellent, his character largely avoiding stereotypical pitfalls, except having a penchant for neatness and a 'minimalist' flat - and he has unexpected storyline layers that enrich the tale.
Aiden Gillen has never been better, his 'Blitz' a nasty, rat-like piece of work, all repressed cowardice, bitterness and sadism - far superior to his fey turn as a bad guy in 'Shanghai Knights'. Here he even looks skinny and roughed up, his character convincingly 'lived in'.
The violence is frequent and brief, but occasionally shocking, and the film's story takes us on a journey that's exciting at best and at least interesting at worst.
The ending may feel a little 'contrived', but when thought about afterwards it makes perfect sense. Its a richly plotted thriller that certainly feels like it's still got one foot in its crime novel roots.
Worth a look for fans of British thrillers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. on 18 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
BLITZ (2011) stars Jason Statham. He is cool, he is mean, he means business. He is also occasionally funny in a film that is violent and deadly serious. A movie that is often shocking. The scene is London. There is a police killer out there, picking them off one by one, and Detective Sergeant Tom Brant (Statham), a man with violent tendencies, and Porter Nash (Paddy Considine - The Cry of the Owl - 2009) are out to catch the killer who calls himself The Blitz and actively seeks publicity. He has a motive - he is bumping off all the officers who arrested him on previous crimes - but he is clever and leaves no evidence behind. He taunts the police and uses a newspaper reporter to 'advertise' his killings.

There is the occasional bit of light relief among the darkness of the movie. Brant is interviewing an informer in a pub who says he has information leading to the killer, The Blitz (Aidan Gillen). He asks Brant for a lot of money for the information. The informer ends up buying the drinks and acquires a bad knee into the bargain. When he protests, Brant says he has left him some of the packet of crisps and calls him a 'greedy b****r'.

But 'Blitz' isn't for the sensitive or squeamish. It is an action packed, hard-hitting, Jason Statham movie and Statham fans will not be disappointed. I wasn't. I think Blitz is, arguably, his best movie.

This appears to be the director, Elliott Lester's second only movie. Pretty impressive I think. The story is based on the Ken Bruen book, Blitz, available at Amazon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 1 Nov. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is a superb, fast paced, slickly directed crime-thriller, with searing performances by the three lead actors.
Jason Statham plays Brant, a tough, hard-drinking, no-nonsense copper, who believes in the Dirty Harry method of policing - the ends always justify the means. This bovver boy in blue has little regard for rules and regulations, and physical violence is a must when dealing with the criminal fraternity. Political correctness is an alien concept to him - for example, gays are denounced as "pooftahs".
Paddy Considine plays a shrewd, effective, police sergeant, who has to team up with Jason in the hunt for a serial cop killer. The sergeant happens to be gay, but Jason grudgingly accepts him as an ally, acknowledging that the sergeant is highly adept at what he does. Aidan Gillen plays the psychotic, police-hating killer. He is impressively crazed and hateful, with mad eyes, a constant sneer about his manner and face, and a vicious contempt for law and order. He's one of those hissable bad guys, who you can't wait to see meet with an unpleasant end.
Each one of these performers does a superb job, attacking their roles with relish. Jason here is doing what he does best - a physical force of nature, with bulldog charisma, who won't use ten words if one will do. His copper owes a lot to the sort of robust, gimlet-eyed, hard-men cops played by the likes of Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson (the fact that Jason was in the remake of The Mechanic, is perhaps indicative of Bronson's influence on his technique).
Considine as always is a very skilled actor, his weary sergeant is entirely convincing. Gillen's bad guy is highly effective, harking back to class act lunatics like the psycho Scorpio who featured in Dirty Harry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Potter TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD
While set in modern London, Blitz is visually very retro, almost noir, with all vibrant colours sucked from the screen. It is a good film, gritty, violent and on occasions bleak. It tells the story of a psychotic killer determined to wipe out (Blitz) every cop that ever arrested him. Between him and his destiny is Jason Statham, a hard drinking detective suffering black-outs and depression.

Statham is uniquely enigmatic on screen and in this he manages to pull it off while being the least physical I've seen him in a long time. Belligerently working his way through the story and figuring who is killing the cops and why. Standout for me though was Aidan Gillen as Barry the out of control cop killer. It's a super charged performance that's mesmerising while making the experience almost horror. There is something almost supernatural driving him and you genuinely fear for anyone he decides to kill, that he might actually be unstoppable.

Some great acting and charisma combined with clever touches make Blitz compelling viewing, but there is something cerebrally dark about the experience that made it quite depressing at times. Three Stars.
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