Jason Statham has pretty much made a name for himself as an action star. After playing Bacon in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, it took him about 4 years and a handful of films before The Transporter made him a household name. Since then he’s had a pretty stable reputation with only a couple of bad moves (Dungeon Siege & Crank: High Voltage), and even though his most recent films don’t seem to have made it to cinemas in New Zealand, Blitz is an enjoyable vehicle for Statham’s charm and fighting skills. Even better is that it’s based in his old stomping grounds, in London.
It’s a predictable story, Statham plays the role of Detective Sergeant Tom Brant, a British cop whose gone a wee bit rogue, getting in trouble for beating up suspects rather than arresting him. Seems like he would rather dispense old school justice and not have to worry about the paperwork.
His approach comes in handy however when a serial killer starts targeting cops in his own precinct, though he has to team up with Porter Nash who gets brought in the head up the investigation, a role that should have gone to Brant.
As predictable as it is, Blitz has a few pleasing twists and the story keeps moving at a reasonable clip with some nice action pieces and a scene that will make you never want to use a hammer ever again.
Whilst Blitz is a Jason Statham affair, it gets a lot of it’s charm from The Wire and Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen who plays the role of the very so unstable serial killer Blitz with such a natural swagger that you wonder what’s going on in the actor’s head and worry wht he may become one day if things so south for him.
In essence, Blitz isn’t going to change the world. It’s not going to have you pondering philosophical concepts, but it will entertain you for a solid hour and a half.
Reviewed by: Jonathan