Watched Jun 02, 2012
Ed Yerke-Robins’s review:
I'll watch Jason Statham in anything, but nobody else should watch him in this. Hoo boy, is Blitz a mess! It's kind of about a lot of things - Jason Statham is a vigilante-ish cop with anger management issues, he has a "pillow-biter" new boss, a friend whose undercover role in vice is causing her to relapse into heavy drug use, and an arch nemesis killing cops in cold blood - but in the end isn't really about anything.
Blitz is a bizarre breed of crime drama where everyone knows who the killer is within the first 15 minutes, yet the movie strings it out for another hour, logic be damned. Characters appear for an awkward introduction by way of expositional conversation, then disappear until the perp dispatches them. The film broaches serious commentary on the media or lack of police resources, and immediately undoes it with an over-the-top plot hole or grotesque caricature (at one point Statham's "tough guy" act even involves him telling a nameless female officer he can't operate a computer because typing is women's work).
There are some surprisingly brutal kill scenes (mainly because of how clumsy the rest is), but little worth going out of your way for. The 1 1/2 stars is generous & primarily comes from an opening sequence in which Statham gives a group of bruvs what for - I pretended it was the lost ending to Attack the Block.