Tuesday, December 08, 2015

"Blitz": a gay police chief helps outsmart a serial cop killer in London


Blitz” (2011), directed by Elliott Lester, based on a novel by Ken Buren, is a curious and complex (if a bit stereotyped) British police thriller that explores the personal vulnerabilities of police, perhaps anticipating similar problems in the U.S. more recently, even though race isn’t the issue here.

The underlying premise is that a serial killer is targeting and shooting cops (who may often not be carrying guns in Britain). One of the lead policemen, Sgt. Tom Brant (Jason Stratham) has come under scrutiny for brutalizing some suspects (as with a hockey puck in an opening sequence). Another cop, openly gay Porter Nash (Paddy Considine) is transferred to Brant’s district in tight-lipped west London to oversee the investigation.  The professional interaction between Nash and Brant, quite therapeutic for Brant, is a major point of the film.



Pretty early, we get a lead on the likely suspect, a “thmooth” Barry “Blitz” Weiss (Aiden Gillen), who taunts a reporter, Harold Dunlop (David Morrissey).  Weiss even murders the Chief inspector Roberts (Mark Rylance) who pukes before dying when his highrise flat is set on fire. But police are not able to get convincing evidence against Weiss in a series of incidents.  (“I want a lawyer and a sandwich.”) That will lead to a curious plot twist at the end when Weiss masquerades as a cop himself.

The official site is here (Millennium, Lionsgate, and E-One).

Wikipedia attribution link for picture of London by Daniel Chapma, under Creative Commons 2.0 Share-Alike license.

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