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Old 05-May-2011
Standard Statham action in cop film Blitz

Cast Jason Statham, Paddy Considine
Director Elliott Lester

A sardonic hipster, shirtless in his track suit and neon yellow Wayfarers, is terrifying Londonís police force, knocking off the good guys one at a time.

Good thing Jason Stathamís on the case, as Britainís reigning tough guy is just the bloke to sort out a cop killer, especially when the letter of the law needs bending a teensy bit.

Stathamís character, Detective Sergeant Tom Brant, should be familiar since Statham is a sort of one-trick stallion who typically breezes through even the most complex action sequences with a menacing glare and cool reserve. Thatís a compliment by the way ó thereís nothing wrong with being really good at one type of role.

Playing opposite Statham is Paddy Considine, providing a sort of moral compass to Stathamís outraged and vengeful copper. Considine should be called Paddy Constraint, because that seems to be one of his cardinal cinematic virtues, providing the slow burn that, predictably, sparks into rage long enough to turn Statham loose on the unrepentant cop slayer.

If this sounds formulaic, thatís because it is, more or less. Hand Statham a fun and gritty script, a la Lock Stock, and heís great. Give him a not-so-great one, and you get Transporter 3. Here, itís something inbetween. Blitz is stylised and savvy and your best bet for some Statham action.

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