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Blitz [DVD]

Jason Statham , Paddy Considine , Elliott Lester    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jason Statham, Paddy Considine, Aiden Gillen
  • Directors: Elliott Lester
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VQCA8Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,268 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Benminx
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark, violent with some powerful acting 31 Aug 2012
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Statham at his best 18 Dec 2011
By Valerie J. TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blitzkrieg Bop. 18 July 2014
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Jason Statham stars as Brant, a rugged copper with anger issues. He likes a drink or twelve, likes to beat down on bad guys and is a constant source of PR hassle for his superior. When a serial killer known as Blitz (Aidan Gillen) starts killing police officers, Brant takes it personal.

It is what it is really, just what you would expect from a Statham movie, where the tagline says it all, Cop Killer Vs Killer Cop! There's lots of chases, fighting, quips, brooding menace and with Brant teamed up with Paddy Considine's gay Officer Nash, some room for cheeky devilment. Director Elliott Lester and cinematographer Rob Hardy favour a scuzzy colour palette that befits the London locations, all while Ilan Eshkeri's sound tracking pounds away its feral beats.

One sub-plot involving Zawe Ashton's rehab released copper doesn't serve much of a purpose, and you have to take with a pinch of salt how Blitz goes about his business (he leaves finger prints everywhere!) But it's The Stath kicking butt and that is more often than not good enough for a good time, such is the case here. 6.5/10
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