When a killer calling himself The Blitz (Aidan Gillen) starts targeting the police of London, it is left to maverick cop, D.C Tom Brant (Jason Statham), and his new, upright commanding officer, Porter Nash (Paddy Considine), to take him down.
It seems to this reviewer (and this may seem like a bold statement) that Jason ‘The Stath’ Statham is perhaps the last old-school action icon. From Errol Flynn through James Cagney and John Wayne to Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan, some actors resonate with men by virtue of being typecast and limited in range, their very names implying a genre in themselves.
In recent times, actors, even those with a skill for action, have fought like tigers to avoid typecasting. While The Rock and Vin Diesel have dabbled in family films and such, only The Stath has remained steadfast, playing stubbly faced, skin headed hard-nuts time after time. We should all cheer him for keeping the old traditions alive.
Fittingly, for an old fashioned star, Blitz is an old fashioned cop movie, with a story that is so simple that it is quite a surprise that it fills out a ninety minute feature, but so manly that it makes you want to punch the person sat next to you.
Let’s not beat about the bush, it is clichéd, unoriginal, the script is terrible and the characters are two dimensional, BUT, the leads are solid, and, well… It’s just so damn manly.
The Stath plays The Stath, as always, while the unsung hero of British performers, Paddy Considine (Dead Man’s Shoes, The Bourne Ultimatum) does the straight man thing as The Stath’s new boss. Here the film does add a little twist to the mix. You are quite expecting the maverick’s brutal practices to cause friction with his by-the-book gaffer, but soon enough Considine tells a story of how he once took the law into his own hands, cornered a sex offender and “…bashed his bollocks in with a baseball bat.” after which the two are best friends and take care of business, using any means, regardless of the paperwork. Also, Aidan Gillen (The Wire, Queer As Folk) does a pretty good job of bringing the punk rock killer to life.
It’s sort of hard to explain the draw of Blitz to someone who isn’t a fan of the macho, but, for example, when The Stath smacks the hell out of three car thieves, stealing one of their carpet knives and exclaiming “if you’re gonna pick the wrong fight, at least pick the right weapon!” or after being asked by a witness “ain’t you gonna take some notes?” and responding “Do I look like I carry a pencil?” if you’re not beaming with pure joy at the silliness, then you’re just not getting it.
It doesn’t look bad and it is rare that a British procedural would take this particular direction, so it gets plus points for that, but at the end of the day, if you love 70’s cop shows, 80’s cop movies and modern super-macho flicks such as Crank, Rambo and Taken then Blitz is for you, everyone else will probably be left wondering what the point is.
D grade – for originality
C- grade – for storytelling
B- grade – for acting
A grade – for manliness
Overall grade – B-
Watch the trailer…