Blitz (18)

Undated Film Still Handout from Blitz. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Lionsgate Films. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Undated Film Still Handout from Blitz. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Lionsgate Films. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

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JASON Statham has forged a successful career pummelling countless stuntmen to a dazed pulp as one of the big screen’s new generation of chisel-jawed action men.

Statham continues to dish out merciless beatings in Blitz, a gritty-action thriller adapted from the novel by Ken Bruen about a mentally-unstable loner at war with London’s police.

Shot on location in the capital, Elliott Lester’s film is brutal and bloody, opening as it means to go on with Statham’s reckless cop doling out some rough justice with a hurling stick to three youths who foolishly 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 (David Morrissey).

Threatened with suspension, Brant is enlisted to work under newly promoted and openly gay DS Porter Nash (Paddy Considine) to catch a cop killer.

While Nash plays by the rules, following lines of enquiry to narrow down the list of suspects, Brant turns to his former boss, Chief Inspector James Roberts (Mark Rylance), for advice.

He also keeps an eye on one-time undercover drug cop WPC Elizabeth Falls (Zawe Ashton), who is recently out of rehab and still has valuable informants in play.

As the investigation continues, Nash and Brant bond and the men point the finger of suspicion at Barry Weiss (Aidan Gillen).

Blitz is familiar stomping ground for Statham, who growls his lines in monotone while dispatching bad guys with fists, guns and barbed one-liners.