Blitz is a 2011 action thriller starring Jason Statham.
Detective Sergeant Tom Brant (Statham) is dispatched to take down a serial killer hell bent on killing off the police force one by one. "The Blitz" manages to slip through the grasp of Tom every time, and with the precious lives of his colleagues diminishing one by one, Tom is led to the question: if we can't protect our own, then what good are we?
Provides examples of the following tropes:
- All Gays Are Pedophiles: During the paedophile case, Nash got bullied by his coworkers.
- Artistic License Law: Weiss walks out with the £50,000 he stole from Radnor. Without a legitimate verifiable source for that money, it would have been confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
- Batman Gambit: Brant pulls a good one on Weiss at the end. After Weiss is released from prison, Brant knows that Weiss will come after him next because of the humiliation and persecution that Brant has put him through. Brant also knows that the best place for Weiss to do that would be right after Robert's funeral—-and that Weiss still has the cop uniform that he stole in order to help in his crimes. So Brant leaves during the funeral, knowing that Weiss is watching and following him, before driving to the same parking garage where the evidence against Weiss was found. He then manages to momentarily shake off Weiss before pulling a bait-and-switch with Nash, who proceeds to the top of the garage, seemingly oblivious to Weiss' presence. Once Weiss corners Nash, Brant disarms him and beats him senseless before killing him with his own gun—-or rather, the Blitz's gun, as Weiss was judged innocent. Brant manages to turn Weiss' desire for petty vengeance into the foolproof illusion that Weiss is simply another one of the victims murdered by the very criminal identity that he created.
- Batter Up!: Brant beats three car thieves with a hurley in the opening. Nash once beat a paedophile in the groin with a bat, leaving him castrated, because there was not enough evidence for a conviction.
- Better Manhandle the Murder Weapon: Randor, while investigating Weiss so he can sell the information to the police, finds Weiss' trophies and gun in an abandoned car. The first thing he does is pick up the gun. Unusually for this trope, he dies before this has any impact.
- Cold Open: The car thieves
- Establishing Character Moment: Brant mercilessly beats up three punks breaking into his car outside his home. Then we find out he's a policeman.
- Going Coldturkey: What Blunt and Nash do to Falls after she is retaking drugs in the following of the death of Metal.
- Heroic Sacrifice: [(spoiler:Metal dies while protecting Falls from Blitz]].
- The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: Weiss, wearing a stolen police uniform, follows Brant in a car park, intending to ambush and murder him. It turns out to be Nash wearing Brant's hoodie. Brant then beats him with a crowbar. As Weiss laughs that he will sue them for misconduct, Brant informs him he's wearing a police uniform and will be passed off as another Blitz victim, then shoots him with the pistol used in the other murders.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: "Blitz". Weiss started out as a common street punk who attacked other punks at a pool hall, then insults a policeman and takes a severe beatdown. He then plots to murder every officer who arrested him in the past.
- Little "No": PC Falls gives one when Weiss kills Metal.
- Neck Snap: "Blitz" kills an Innocent Bystander by stomping on his face while lying on a curb when he tries to stop Blitz.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Brant beats three car thieves with a hurley. A flashback shows Barry Weiss doing the same to two thugs in a pool hall using a pool cue, later revealed to have been interrupted by Brant, who did the same to him barehanded, then with a cue ball.
- Off on a Technicality: Weiss is released because none of the physical evidence against him is usable, while the only witness — Falls — is too shaken and didn't get a good enough look at him to give testimony.
- Police Brutality: Claimed by the media at numerous points.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:This, lads, is a hurley. Used in the Irish game of hurling - a cross between hockey and murder.
- Punch-Clock Hero: The Metropolitan Police officers.
- Rage Against the Legal System: This turns out to be the Blitz's main motivation for his murder of policeman.
- Recovered Addict: Falls, at least at first before the death of Metal.
- Tabloid Melodrama: Happens to Brant after beating the car thieves trying to steal his car. We then cut to a tabloid newspaper which reads "Police Assault Innocent Youth".
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Barry Weiss.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Blitz vomits on one of his victims after beating him to death with a hammer.
- Wrong Side of the Tracks / The City Narrows: South East London. Very much Truth in Television.