Cop caper pulls no punches
BLITZ ( 18)
Jason Statham, Paddy Considine, Aidan Gillen, Zawe Ashton, David Morrissey, Mark Rylance, Luke Evans.
BLITZ is a gritty action thriller adapted from the novel by Ken Bruen about a mentally unstable loner at war with London’s police. Elliott Lester’s film is brutal and bloody, opening as it means to go on with Jason Statham’s reckless cop doling out some rough justice to three youths who attempt to steal his car. He plays DS Tom Brant, who has a knack for getting into trouble and is often splashed across the front pages thanks to local crime reporter Harold Dunlop (Morrissey). Threatened with suspension, Brant is enlisted to work under openly gay DS Porter Nash (Considine) to catch a cop killer. Blitz is familiar stomping ground for Statham, who growls his lines in monotone while dispatching bad guys with fists, guns and barbed one-liners. Considine avoids stereotypes and the relationship between the two men – distrust and bigotry mellowing into unerring loyalty – underpins this hard-hitting tour of London’s bloodstained streets. FAMILY WATCH: Swearing, No Sex, Violence.