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4.0 out of 5 stars Blunt and brutal - a very British crime thriller with the feel of a 'Prime Suspect'
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...
Published on 13 Oct 2011 by Benminx

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dark, violent with some powerful acting
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...
Published on 31 Aug 2012 by J. Potter


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4.0 out of 5 stars Blunt and brutal - a very British crime thriller with the feel of a 'Prime Suspect', 13 Oct 2011
This review is from: Blitz [Blu-ray] (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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping British Crime-Thriller, 1 Nov 2014
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William Mason (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blitz [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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.
This is a stylish, energetic and lively thriller, with taut direction and excellent action sequences. If you like top-notch British crime-thrillers, like The Long Good Friday and Layer Cake, there's a good chance you'll like this too. Here are the links for the aforementioned movies - Long Good Friday [1980] [Blu-ray] Layer Cake [Blu-ray] [2007] [Region Free] .
Thank you for taking the time to read this review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dark, violent with some powerful acting, 31 Aug 2012
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J. Potter "johniebg" (Berkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blitz [DVD] (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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4.0 out of 5 stars Statham at his best, 18 Dec 2011
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Valerie J. (West Yorks, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blitz [DVD] (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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4.0 out of 5 stars Blitzkrieg Bop., 18 July 2014
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blitz [DVD] (DVD)
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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3.0 out of 5 stars BORING VIGILANTE COP FILM, 9 July 2013
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blitz [DVD] (DVD)
The movie starts out with some thugs breaking into a car. Jason Statham does some illegal high sticking as he subdues them. He is a vigilante cop molded after Dirty Harry. The newspapers are crucifying him in the headlines, and he is nearly out of a job in London. Soon a cop serial killer (Aidan Gillen) appears on the scene. We know he is the killer as does the police. One of his killings is done in broad day light, yet they have trouble arresting him, even after they search his flat. And what was with the fat chicks dancing pretending to be sexy?

We have seen rogue cop movies before and generally like them. This one brings nothing new to the table. If you are a fan of Statham's deadpan approach you might enjoy this film. Personally I felt, been there, done that, got the t-shirt while watching this film. The movie was boring even as Jason was shooting the bad guys in the head.

F-bomb, no sex, no nudity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Statham surprises most of us., 6 Dec 2013
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robert stirling (tarn,s.w.france) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blitz [DVD] (DVD)
I like Jason Statham for the following reasons: he's a British action star, not American or Australian;he used to be a stunt man and can often bring a realism to his action movies as a consequence;he has done phenomenally well playing the hero or the 'heavy' in a variety of contempory roles,he's a natural for either role.

The trouble is that he's never been given a decent script to work with,nothing that calls for much more than a grunt or two or one-liners.

'Blitz' has given him the chance to shine with a witty script and some depth to the charactor he plays.

Very good support from Paddy Considine and a marvellous performance from Aidan Gillen stretch this film to a much higher standard than Statham's other works.OK there is much less action than in the usual Statham films,but you can't have everything.

I for one hope for more well written screenplays to see just how far our man can go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'A GRITTY PERFORMANCE FROM 'JASON STATHAM', 4 Oct 2014
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rbmusicman (U.K) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blitz [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I do own several 'Jason Statham' movies, the reason, ...for me, he rarely fails to deliver a pleasing performance.
In this he plays a cop 'Brant' who has plenty of attitude along with his own brand of justice
When a guy calling himself 'Blitz' starts killing cops, threatening to add to the numbers, 'Brant' is on a mission to stop him.
Finding the suspect 'Barry Weiss' ( Blitz ) is one thing, finding conclusive evidence is another.
This is a good movie, with the role of cop-'Brant' suiting 'Jason Statham's' style brilliantly along with 'Aidan Gillen's' performance as the killer---very credible......it makes for a good watch.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly decent cop thriller, 24 April 2012
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blitz [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Despite being shelved for months for extensive reshoots before being released to no interest at the box-office, Blitz turns out to be a perfectly decent Jason Statham flick. It's not a great movie by any means, with too much bad dialogue and awkward character setup in the early scenes and far more of co-star Zawe Ashton's monotonous sulking in the later ones. Yet despite the awkward transition from initial ensemble piece to star vehicle around the half-hour point it's a surprisingly decent cop thriller that actually looks like a movie than a direct-to-video quickie. Introduced playing hurling with a gang of street punks' faces, Statham's the typically no-nonsense old-school cop with a penchant for very public police brutality who finds himself up against Aiden Gillen's cocky cop-killer who's targeting bobbies on his beat and playing to the gallery with David Morrissey's tabloid hack. There's not much in the way of originality and a lot less action than usual for a Statham film, which may account for its dismal box-office showing, yet on its own limited terms it works. The oft-miscast Gillen makes a surprisingly convincing villain and there's the odd familiar face in the supporting cast like Mark Rylance and Nicky Henson.

The production scars do occasionally make themselves known in the odd plot strand like our hero's occasional blackouts that are raised and promptly forgotten, while much of the ever excellent Paddy Considine's role as his gay superintendent hit the deleted scenes bin in what looks like an effort to de-gay his part, sadly losing him his funniest moment in the process. Along with a dismal alternate ending, the huge number of deleted scenes that are the only extra on the UK Blu-ray give a bit more superficial backstory to the odd victim, though as usual there's little that you feel should have stayed in the picture. It's the kind of film you'd hesitate to actively recommend, but if you should find yourself watching it you won't feel it's time entirely wasted.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blitz - Solid British cop thriller, 9 Dec 2011
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blitz [DVD] (DVD)
Given the cast and pedigree of this movie I was expecting some great things. Jason Statham, surely the hardest working man in movies, stars as a tough policeman, walking the line between necessary violence and unnecessary brutality, trying to do the right thing while not crossing the boundaries that modern society places around him. It's a solid character that doesn't take him too far out of his comfort zone, and he comes across as some sort of Regan/Carter hybrid from the Sweeney. Paddy Considine co stars as his by the book immediate superior, with whom you just know there is a clash coming. The two are on the track of Blitz, a serial killer targeting police. Blitz is effectively played by Aiden Gillen, and makes a reasonably well rounded villain. So far so good, and the scene is set for a classic police film.

Unfortunately the director and writers seem to lose their way a little. The ambition is grand, and had it all worked out it would have been a monumental film. But there are too many various sub plots running through which are not really woven together or resolved, and often feel out of place (David Morrisey's reporter and his story line for one). I can see what the film makers were trying to do with the added complexity, but ultimately it would have made a much better film if they had left large chunks of it out. As a result, the important plot threads are not as well developed as they may be (especially the character of Paddy Considine's Nash, I felt with such an actor and an interesting back story there was room for a lot more development, ad that Considine was worth a lot more screen time).

So in summary, a solid and reasonably intelligent and well developed police thriller, hinged around a magnetic performance from Statham. It loses its way and is ultimately a little confused, but an entertaining couple of hours. 3 stars.
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