25 September 2011

Capsule Review: Blitz


B

Blitz
2011, 97mins, 18
Director: Elliott Lester
Writer: Nathan Parker
Cast includes: Aidan Gillen, Jason Statham, Paddy Considine, Zawe Ashton, David Morrissey
UK Release Date: 20th May 2011

Jason Statham heads up this Brit thriller, which does just enough to outdo the majority of its dreary genre competition. Statham plays a cop with a hot head and some questionable methods, who is tasked with tracking down a serial killer called Blitz, a psychopath who specializes in murdering cops. Teamed with his homosexual partner Porter (Paddy Considine), he seeks to bring justice back to London’s streets.

“Blitz” isn’t a massively striking picture, and the screenplay by Nathan Parker probably tries to do too much in its moderate 97 minute frame, but the movie definitely deserves props for trying harder than most. The central narrative is engaging, whilst performances from Statham, Considine and Aidan Gillen (as the manic Blitz) are all well suited to their respective roles. The picture has an admirable energy, director Elliot Lester trying to infuse added human depth through the prejudice Considine suffers in the work environment and the Statham character enduring the onset of depression. A subplot involving a colleague of Statham’s fighting the battle against addiction never feels strictly necessary, but leaving that aside “Blitz” is a polished and enjoyable piece of work. It’s at least worth checking out on DVD or Blu-Ray.

A Review by Daniel Kelly, 2011

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