Starring: Jason Statham, Paddy Considine
Friday 20 May 2011
This London cop thriller has managed to draw an illustrious cast, though you'll be baffled as to why.
Jason Statham leads the line as D S Brant, a glowering hardnut who could have walked out of The Sweeney – he has the snarl, the the sexist oafishness, and he can't work the computers. He's partnered with Paddy Considine's gay Detective Inspector ("pooftah", of course) in the hunt for a cop killer styling himself Blitz, and played by bare-chested Aiden Gillen as a cross between Joe Orton and Johnny Rotten. David Morrissey as a tabloid hack and Mark Rylance as a retiring cop lend a sheen of class to a story that's strong on location work, but faulty in suspense and notably gruesome in its violence.
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