A Jason Statham film a week #3

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Do you think filmmakers are contractually obliged to demonstrate The Stath’s destructive powers within the first 5 to 10 minutes of any film he stars in? I’d like to think so. And as I’ve previously written, it would, so far, seem to be a totally justified form of violence. But I am only two films into his body of work! We’re beyond the 2014 festive season and I’m now back on point when it comes to witnessing the awesomeness of Jason Statham on a weekly basis. It’s a dirty job…blah, blah, blah!

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Jason Statham as Brant

Pre-Crimbo I had the pleasure of watching Blitz (2011) on Netflix but have only now found the time to commit my thoughts to the keyboard. Yes, it does open with an explosion of violence from our titular “hero” as three yoofs attempt to break into his car. They are dispatched with aplomb, our blood-pumping testosterone levels are pushed through the roof and The Stath carries on. But, we then find out who his character is and realise it’s not all going to be bone-crunching chop-sockey “all-is-right-with-the-world-cos-The-Stath-is-in-charge”. This time he’s playing “Angry“. He has to work within the confines of “the System“, but he’s clearly a donkey-on-the-edge and is prepared to blur the boundaries. Interesting. Well, it isn’t that interesting really, conforming to most stereotypes with its cast of characters and plodding along for some time. When it does become interesting is in the third act and that was a pleasant surprise. Up to that point I was pretty much just watching Blitz to write a review, but life got in the way and I had to pause my viewing for around an hour before returning. And on continuing my experience, it picked up, but I don’t really know why. Taking a break clearly helped!

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Aidan Gillen as Weiss

When you look at the cast, it’s pretty impressive. Aside from The Stath, Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones‘ Littlefinger) is the stand out performer and clearly relishes the role. Paddy Considine (yes, I know!) is The Stath’s homosexual Commanding Officer and his performance plainly improves as the film progresses. Perhaps The Stath took him back to his trailer during filming and gave him a “little pep talk“. We also have David Morrissey playing a tabloid hack, but I thought he was underused and didn’t really bring anything to the party. So, all-in-all, Blitz is a solid piece of work. I’m glad I watched it.

Thank you for reading 🙂

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