Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Movie review: Blitz

Brant is something of an Old-School cop who believes in doing the right thing, just not in a socially acceptable manner. And when he is tasked with taking down a serial killer called Blitz, things become even more chaotic.

Jason Statham (Brant), Paddy Considine (Nash), Aidan Gillen (Weiss), Zawe Ashton (Elizabeth), David Morrissey (Dunlop), Ned Dennehy (Radnor), Mark Rylance (Roberts), Luke Evans (Stokes).

Blitz begins well enough with some character introductions before moving into the action. Though a basic serial-killer plot, this one has a bit more depth with Brant fighting some emotional demons and being paired up with Nash, a homosexual cop. Though once they are paired up the film finds more depth both emotionally, and with humor. The story finally winds down with an ending anyone who has seen a Statham film will likely expect.

Acting from Statham was good. He obviously had to put more energy into this one as it was less about the violence than it was the humanity. Considine worked well with Statham and delivered nicely. Gillen is a solid choice for nemesis and does a good job. Ashton, Morrissey, and the remainder of the supporting cast were solid and enjoyable.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were fitting and solid throughout. Action scenes were fairly realistic and well executed. Dialogue was good, though some accents were a bit difficult at times. Sound and soundtrack were a little edgy and a nice change from cookie cutter elevator music.

Blitz may not be groundbreaking or add much to the crime action genre, but it is an enjoyable flick. There are a few slow spots but overall the pace is good, as is technical work and acting. Genre, or Statham, fans should enjoy this one.

With some nudity and sexuality, graphic violence and gore, foul language, drug and alcohol use, and disturbing images, this one should be reserved for the oldest teens and above.

Released: 2011
Reviewed: 8.8.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Crime Action & Adventure, Action & Adventure, Action Thriller, Thriller

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