Blitz might not be a top notch British crime-drama but I did find it mostly impressive even if Statham doesn’t exactly stretch his acting abilities as this character isn’t that far removed from his others. That being said, it was at least a compelling film that managed to entertain me for the 95-minute running time.
Genre(s): Crime, Drama, Thriller
Millennium | R – 97 min. – $29.99 | August 23, 2011
Directed by: Elliott Lester
Writer(s): Ken Bruen (novel); Nathan Parker (screenplay)
Cast: Jason Statham, Paddy Considine, Aidan Gillen
Features: Featurette, Interviews, Theatrical Trailer
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
THE MOVIE – 4.25/5
Plot: Tough, uncompromising and totally un-PC cop Brant (JASON STATHAM) joins forces with Officer DC Porter Nash (PADDY CONSIDINE) to hunt down a serial killer (AIDAN GILLEN) who has been targeting police officers.
I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect going into Blitz for a couple of reasons, least of which being that Jason Statham’s career has been hit or miss, with a couple in between. To my surprise, the film is actually not a bad UK crime-thriller with excessive violence – without going overboard – pervasive language and those lovely accents we Yanks love.
The cast is quite good with Jason Statham playing up his usual bad ass character, not a whole lot of differences between Brant and [insert any other one of his characters], with a brash personality and a general fu** you to anyone and everyone as he tears through [insert city name] to catch [insert diabolical villain name]. However, this isn’t to say it doesn’t work for Statham because he is able to carry the film ‘till the end. I also don’t want to forget to give props to both Paddy Considine playing up the quiet partner who investigates the crimes as well as Aidan Gillen as the sociopathic serial killer, a role that can go to extremes but he plays it just right for the audience to fear him as well as be a believable enough for our heroes.
Plot-wise, it starts off well enough with the right ambience through a taut second act before slightly falling off in the third act and, especially, the final scene. Now, for me it was satisfactory, even though it didn’t make much sense, but it the last 10 minutes or so were too predictable. That said, it didn’t ruin the movie.
The film was directed by Elliott Lester in only his second feature film following Addicted to Her Love starring Lizzy Caplan and is based upon a novel by Ken Bruen (his “London Boulevard” novel was adapted into a movie starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley) with the adaptation by Nathan Parker (2009’s Moon).
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.0/5
Cast and Crew Interviews (31:59; SD) – There are interviews with cast members Jason Statham, Paddy Considine, Aidan Gillen, Zawe Ashton, Director Elliot Lester and Producers Steven Chasman & Zygi Kamasa. These are fairly mundane sound-bites as they explain what drew them to the project and then explaining who their character is.
Behind the Scenes (12:19; SD) is a basic ‘making-of’ featurette with filming footage and on-set interviews with members of the cast and crew.
UK Theatrical Trailer (1:58; HD)
Previews – Trust, Elephant White, Sacrifice, Shadow & Lies
VIDEO – 4.25/5
Millennium has released Blitz on Blu-ray with a 1080p high-definition transfer, presented in its original 2.40 aspect ratio. At times, the video looks fantastic with a sharp, well detailed picture. The visual style of director Elliot Lester is an orange-ish tint which comes across here as well, though it never looks oversaturated. There are scenes, though, that don’t comes across the best with some minor artifacting during darker moments.
AUDIO – 4.0/5
The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is robust with a booming soundtrack for the opening credits as well as a few key scenes throughout the film while dialogue levels, while a bit muffled at times, is still mostly clear. There are a few action sequences that provide some depth to this lossless track and while I can’t say it’s one of the best I’ve heard, it’s still fairly impressive.
OVERALL – 3.5/5
Overall, Blitz might not be a top notch British crime-drama but I did find it mostly impressive even if Statham doesn’t exactly stretch his acting abilities as this character isn’t that far removed from his others. That being said, it was at least a compelling film that managed to entertain me for the 95-minute running time.
The Blu-ray itself has a solid video transfer, a more than adequate HD audio and unfortunately a ho-hum set of features.
Brian Oliver, The Movieman
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