Blitz (2011) Comes to Home Video August 23
Barry Weiss is not a particularly intimidating name for a tough guy—a serial killer whose victims are cops—so it makes sense that this weasely, little, publicity-seeking killer would rename himself “Blitz” (“as in Blitzkrieg”). While being a cop-killer is his avocation, he doesn’t mind eliminating other people who are just in his way.
Lucky for London, killer cop Detective Sergeant Tom Brant (Jason Statham) is on the job. Since Brant has his own way of doing things, the city can be assured that Blitz (Aidan Gillen) isn’t going to live happily ever after. Once an appropriate amount of time passes and bodies pile up, we know that Blitz will get his comeuppance.
Mathematically, Jason Statham + action + serial killer + twist ending usually equals entertainment, and Blitz delivers, although it is not one of Statham’s greatest hits. We can’t blame Statham, he gives his reliable who-cares-what-side-of-the-law-he’s-on performance, and Aidan Gillen is quite good as the villain—crazy, yet oddly appealing at times—giving a multilayered performance that hints at the demons Blitz doesn’t bother to battle. Paddy Considine, as Brant’s unlikely partner, is also notable.
Perhaps Blitz is a little too formulaic, or maybe the screenplay needed to be tightened up a bit. While it engages, it isn’t totally absorbing. All the requisite components are there—violence, murder, humor, action—but somehow it doesn’t add up to a memorable viewing experience. Instead, it is enjoyed in the moment, and then forgotten—not a bad film, but not a great one either.