Made in: UK
Language: English
Director: Elliott Lester
Starring: Jason Statham, Paddy Considine, Aidan Gillen, David Morrissey, Ned Dennehy, Luke Evans, Zawe Ashton, Mark Rylance
Year: 2011

Synopsis: Based on the novel by Ken Bruen.

Barry Weiss (Aidan Gillen), a serial cop killer who might make you think of a fake Gary Oldman, is on a rampage through south London. He's murdering police officers who have arrested him in the past, and manages to evade every surveillance camera in the city. Hungry for notoriety, he contacts reporter Harold Dunlop (David Morrissey), bragging about his deeds.

And the only man who can stop him is Detective Tom Brant (Jason Statham), a troubled cop with an anger management issue and drinking problem. In other words, it's Jason Statham playing the same character in just about every movie he's in.

Aiding Brant is Sgt. Porter Nash (Paddy Considine), who's been transferred from West London to take the place of Brant's pal, Chief Inspector Roberts (Mark Rylance).

As Weiss, who gives himself the nickname Blitz, continues his killing spree and eludes police, the hunt soon becomes personal. Brant finds that the only way to stop this psycho, which he had a hand in creating, is to go above the law! (Otherwise it wouldn't really be a Jason Statham movie...

Remarks: If you're expecting a rip-roaring good time full of over-the-top action set pieces and hapless thugs getting their privates beaten with a metal pipe, look elsewhere. Yes, there are a few obligatory beat-downs, but for the most part, Blitz is remarkably boring for a Jason Statham picture.

Furthermore, the plot is quite thin. The villain is revealed very early on, and most of the 97 minutes is spent finding ways to drag things out until Detective Brant can catch up to him. Peripheral characters and some subplots are thrown in, but they only seem like filler.

The cast does a very good job as far as acting is concerned, but it does feel like an awful lot of wasted talent. Although Aidan Gillen is a capable actor, his interpretation of the villain is more annoying than scary. On top of that, uneven pacing and a serious lack of humor definitely make for a negative viewing experience.

But the biggest flaw of trying to pull this off as a Jason Statham action movie is that there's only ONE antagonist working ALONE. Statham is at his best when he's taking on a small army of bad guys. Without that, the filmmakers have boxed themselves into a corner. 

Statham does his best to liven things up for the audience by making wisecracks, delivering a few clever one-liners, and putting on his trademark sneer. But then, he proceeds to go about doing actual police work! Instead of busting heads, he's using a computer, questioning people (without injuring most of them), and looking both ways before crossing the street! Talk about injustice…

(2 out of 4 stars)

Review written by: Joe Yang

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