Cop caper pulls no punches

BLITZ ( 18)

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

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.

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