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Blitz (2011)

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Blitz is a mess of a movie that tries its hardest not to be a typical action movie and ends up morphing into a dull thirller.  Jason Statham has made some truly terrible films before (Revolver, London) but this is the first time I have seen him phone in a performance.  To put it bluntly, Blitz was a movie that wasn’t even good enough for its straight to video fate.

Jason Statham plays Detective Tom Brant, a London cop cut from the cloth of Dirty Harry.  It is made clear that Brant is a loose canon and one of those guys that solves his problems by beating the perp into a pulp.  Since he is a pariah in his own precinct it is only natural that his bosses would want him to be the face of the biggest investigation around, a serial killer by the name of Blitz offing cops with no remorse. Brant’s partner to solve the case is Porter Nash (Paddy Considine), a detective from the other side of London.

The reasoning behind the case is pretty simple to figure out and most people will guess it within 15 minutes of the film.  A person would think that the cops in the movie would work all angles and bring this killer to justice as quick as possible, a person would think that but they would be wrong.

In truth, the cops in Blitz are ready quite stupid and bad at their job.  The detectives go about their business as if they are only going through the motions.  In one truly laughable scene, Brant and Nash show up at the killer's (Aidan Gillen) house and do the most half-assed search I had ever seen.  They go in the house, open about three drawers and peek inside a few rooms then leave.  There was no intensity in the scene; the detectives don’t do any detecting.

Since the motive is in front of everyone’s face, the tension and mystery could not be suspended for the length of a film so Blitz threw in countless pointless subplots.  Question time: what does the man mourning the death of his wife, two beat cops on their first date, an officer struggling with a drug problem, a mentally disturbed man cracking the case and a teenager trying to get away from drugs have in common?

Answer: they are all lousy subplots in this film. Not even the kinds of subplots that get resolved.

The worst thing about the film is that the three main leads were all actors that I dig.  Statham is always fun in the movie and has shown in films like the Bank Job that he can anchor a well-made movie. Unfortunately all he has to do in this film is sleep walk through most scenes and scowl every once in a while.  I don’t know whether it is the film or actor to blame, but I have never seen him so bland.

Paddy Considine was the main actor in my favorite film, In America, but is a shadow of a character here.  You know next to nothing about him and the only trait that the movie gives him is that he was gay.  He's barely an extra with a few lines.

The one that comes off the best is Aidan Gillen but that is damning with faint praise.  I think he did the same type of character better in the John Cena film Twelve Rounds and I think that speaks volumes for the level of this movie.

Who am I? Why am I here?

I have written very little about this movie because it doesn’t deserve my time or yours.  The film wants to be edgy but it is just dull, it wants to be taken serious but it is laughably inept and wants to be memorable but in 24 hours the film has vanished from my memory.  Usually when films with names are banished straight to video there is usually a good reason and with Blitz, there is a damn good reason.

There are a lot of Jason Statham fans out there and seeing one of his films is on Netflix Instant Streaming  would think that it would merit a watch, I will tell those people that just because you can watch it, doesn’t mean you should.

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