August 8, 2011

Quick Review: Blitz (2011)

"This movie makes up for the awfulness that was the Transporter series, both Crank movies, and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Movie..."
Jason Statham is a 50/50 kind of actor; half the time, he's in awesome movies that get my blood pumping, and half the time he's in shit movies, that get my naptime going.

We've listed a few of his worst in the blurb above. Thankfully, Blitz isn't just a cool movie, it's a movie that lets Jason Statham do what he does best: act like a bad-ass, and hurt people that really deserve to feel some pain.

Blitz is the story of... well, a serial killer named "Blitz." Kind of a lame name for a Serial Killer, we know, but he's British, so his idea of cool is off to begin with...
Not cool, bruv.
Anywho, Blitz (short for Blitzkreig, which is even lamer) is running around England doing-in Coppers that have done him wrong throughout his life, and he does so in very nasty ways. Also, he seems to have a good sense of humor, which is always a plus.

Statham plays a burnt-out, by-his-own-rules, tough-as-nails, wise-cracking Cop, who dispenses his own brand of justice with his fists! He's hot on the trail of Blitz, and he has help from a Gay Inspector played by Paddy Considine, who as it turns out is also tough-as-nails, in addition to being quite the interior decorator. Sure, all of those cliches about Cops and Gays sound a bit generic, but I'm just telling you what the movie's about. Plus, cliches can be fun. Especially Gay cliches.

"I ain't gay mate, I'm just shirtless and fabulous, yeah?"
Blitz is just a cool flick. If you like British Cop Thrillers, Serial Killer flicks, Gay Cops, or karate, you can't not love this movie... well, you can, but it really is a fun flick, so don't be so closed-minded. Statham is Statham, and in this one, that is a very good thing. He looks like he feels comfy in his role in Blitz, just kicking ass and acting all tough and what have you. Add to the mix three of the UK's best actors: Paddy Considine, David Morrissey, and Aidan Gillen, and you have a movie filled with grisly death and great scenes played out by great actors.

Hell of a cast.
Don't get me wrong, this is a simple movie filled with a lot of simple things, but that doesn't mean the boys don't bring the goods. Aidan Gillen is our stand-out fave in this one. Many say he over-acts, but we do not agree with that simplistic, haterade-fueled assessment of his talent. Here, he's just grimy and creepy, and his character feels very reminiscent of "The Scorpio Killer" from Dirty Harry; an ordinary guy who just so happens to be a nut-job. We've said it before and we'll say it again; if Gillen at some point doesn't play a Bond Villain, someone is asleep at the "Awesome Bond Villain" wheel.

Doing what he does best.
If you like Serial Killer Actioners, this movie is definitely worth a look, if for the "curbing" scene alone. This is the kind of shite that we here at THC eat up. In the vein of great Serial Killer/Cop Flicks like Dirty Harry and The Chaser, though not quite to their level, this is definitely a movie that deserves a place in your DVD library.


Christina Cole is in this, though barely credited.


  1. Good review as always, I would also rank this as a good effort. Statham does a good Bruce Willis impression. However, nothing can make up for the complete trash known as Crank 2:High Voltage.

  2. That's a great way to put it, Scott... Doing a Bruce Willis impersonation.

    And Crank 2... someone must have blackmailed Statham into that one.


    Great ending. 9/10 times that same ending plays out with the protagonist taking the higher ground. You know the usual "if I shoot you I'm no different" haha instead Statham just shoots him in the face. Awesome!

  4. Yeah Anon, The ending was very satisfying. It reminded me of an AWESOME 80's flick called Nighthawks starring, of all people, Sylvester Stallone.

    You want another great cop thriller, check it out if you haven't seen it already.

  5. That's strange I've never heard of that film and I'm an 80's action film connoisseur! Will give it a look!

  6. Anon, if you're talking about Nighhawks, definitely give it a look. It stars Stallone, Rutger Hauer and Billy Dee Williams.

    Excellent flick.