Blitz

"Good"

Blitz Review


This British crime thriller is so unapologetic about recycling cliches that it's actually hilariously good fun to watch. Even with its glaring plot holes and camp performances, the cast and crew's chutzpah keeps it consistently entertaining.

Brant (Statham) is a bad-boy South East London detective always in trouble with the authorities. But he gets the job done, so his loyal chief (Rylance) protects him. His new challenge is to find a brazen psycho (Gillen) who's killing cops in cold blood. Working with new boss Nash (Considine), who's tormented for being gay, Brant starts bullishly breaking the rules to solve the case. Meanwhile, the killer is leaking information to a tabloid hack (Morrissey). And another of Brant's cop pals (Ashton) is struggling with returning to the job after her stint in rehab.

Not much about this film is remotely plausible, as this version of the Metropolitan Police obviously couldn't solve a murder if they caught the killer with blood on his hands. The surveillance, forensics and policing on display are staggeringly bad; clearly only Brant's rogue methods can stop the carnage.

And Statham plays him as a hilariously straight-faced brute who steals food and drink from everyone he meets and would rather smack someone with his hurley than take them in for questioning. (For the record, a hurley is a stick used in the Irish game of hurling, which Brant describes as "a cross between hockey and murder".)

Director Lester and writer Parker establish the film's full-on style from the start with a kind of disco groove production style and wonderfully cheesy dialog. Settings are very cleverly used, with breezy, cool camerawork and editing, plus some impressively gritty stunts. The tone may be over-serious, but the film is packed with witty gags, many of which are plainly intentional.

And despite the fact that we can't really care about what happens, the cast really go for broke. Considine is particularly impressive, playing effectively against type and adding a terrific counterpoint to Statham's blunt dinosaur.

Meanwhile, Gillen steals every scene with his over-the-top insanity, eclipsing poor Morrissey in the movie's most thankless role. But put together, it's so corny that you can't help but smile.



Blitz

Facts and Figures

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 97 mins

In Theaters: Friday 20th May 2011

Box Office Worldwide: $741.9 thousand

Budget: $15.8M

Distributed by: Lionsgate

Production compaines: Lipsync Productions, Lionsgate, Davis-Films, Current Entertainment, Kushner/Wyman Productions, Blitz Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 46%
Fresh: 11 Rotten: 13

IMDB: 6.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Elliott Lester

Producer: , Zygi Kamasa, ,

Starring: as Porter Nash, as Barry Weiss, as WPC Elizabeth Falls, as Detective Sergeant Tom Brant, as DI Craig Stokes, as Dunlop, Ron Donachie as Sergeant Cross, as Theo Nelson, Elly Fairman as DC Sandra Bates (as Ellie Fairman), Ned Dennehy as Radnor, Bill Champion as Dr. Leonard, as McDonald, Ron Donachie as Cross

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

Contactmusic 2017 Exclusive

New Movies

Life Movie Review

Life Movie Review

Like a mash-up of Alien and Gravity, this ripping sci-fi horror movie is very effective...

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

Based on a true story, it's the historical aspect of these events that holds the...

Chips Movie Review

Chips Movie Review

It's clear from the very start that this movie has little to do with the...

Beauty And The Beast Movie Review

Beauty And The Beast Movie Review

This remake of Disney's 1991 classic is remarkably faithful, using present-day digital animation effects to...

The Salesman Movie Review

The Salesman Movie Review

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi won his second Oscar with this astute drama which, like 2011's...

Get Out Movie Review

Get Out Movie Review

Leave it to a comedian to make one of the scariest movies in recent memory....

Personal Shopper Movie Review

Personal Shopper Movie Review

After winning a series of major awards for her role in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of...

Advertisement
Certain Women Movie Review

Certain Women Movie Review

In films like Wendy and Lucy and Meek's Cutoff, writer-director Kelly Reichardt has told sharply...

Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

After the success of 2014's Godzilla reboot, the Warner Bros monsters get their own franchise,...

Viceroy's House Movie Review

Viceroy's House Movie Review

Filmmaker Gurinder Chada (Bend It Like Beckham) draws on her own family history to explore...

Trespass Against Us Movie Review

Trespass Against Us Movie Review

With an extra dose of attitude and energy, this Irish comedy-drama hits us like a...

Logan Movie Review

Logan Movie Review

Hugh Jackman returns to his signature role one last time (so he says), reuniting with...

Patriots Day Movie Review

Patriots Day Movie Review

The third time's a charm for Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg, who previously teamed...

A Cure for Wellness Movie Review

A Cure for Wellness Movie Review

It's no surprise that this creep-out horror thriller is packed with whizzy visual invention, since...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.