"With a serial killer on the loose in London, a detective takes on the case while working out his aggression issues with a police-appointed shrink."
And then you will see that it is starring Jason Statham and you will immediately think to yourself "I know what this movie is." You will be wrong, mostly. This movie isn't The Transporter or The Expendables or The Mechanic or Killer Elite or choose your recent Statham vehicle. This is an attempt to be Great Britain's version of Dirty Harry where questions of the means justifying the ends play out against the horror of a serial killer, the muddled frustration of bureaucracy and the immorality of the news. Heady stuff for an action star. The problem is the film is a mess, where characters and plot lines are introduced and then disappear, where performance are rich but characters suddenly do things entirely out of character with no explanation, where we are told how clever people are when they continue to do nothing even remotely clever on screen. Here is the other thing about Blitz, I enjoyed watching it.
Why did I enjoy it? Maybe it was a simple as hearing British street slang and profanity (something about hearing that stuff makes watching fun, Guy Ritchie made an early career out of that phenomena). Maybe it was watching Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger on Game of Thrones) chew up scenery as the serial killer. Maybe it was the fact that Statham managed to keep his shirt on for the entire movie. Maybe it was the nonsensical plot turns that made you scream "wait! what?" at the screen (particularly at the ending). Of course the truth is it was all of the above. Blitz is a massively flawed movie (read plot summary below if you want to see just how flawed) and yet somehow entirely watchable.
Blitz = Level VII movie (flawed yet ambitious)